Call for papers
2024 Jobs and Development Conference

Photo of a historic building in Cairo, Egypt.
The 2024 Jobs and Development conference takes place in Cairo, Egypt

The Jobs and Development Conference is a global event co-organized by the World Bank, UNU-WIDER, and the ILO, with the Network on Jobs and Development – a partnership of research institutes from various regions of the world: the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (DPRU, South Africa), the Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Poland), the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST IEMS, Hong Kong), and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, India). 

In 2024, the conference will be hosted by J-PAL Middle East and North Africa (MENA), based at the American University in Cairo (AUC), with support from the Economic Research Forum (ERF).

The conference will take place on October 8 & 9, 2024, in Cairo, Egypt. The two-day format will feature keynote speeches, a policy panel, special sessions and about 50 paper presentations in parallel sessions. The event will focus on policy-relevant research, applicable to identifying solutions to jobs challenges in low- and middle- income countries.

To expand the frontiers of global knowledge around jobs and advance the discussion on the most effective policies, we are interested in policy-relevant papers on all topics in labor and development economics, but especially in papers that focus on:

•    Society, Economic Activity and the Environment
•    Trade and Labor issues
•    Labor Market Programmes and Regulation
•    Youth Employment
•    Gender and Labor Markets
•    Immigration, Migration and Skills
•    Structural Transformation and Technological Change
•    Greening, Just Transition, Energy and Jobs
•    Advancing Social Justice with Decent Work Conditions
•    Skills and Lifelong Learning

Although we particularly encourage submissions addressing the thematic topics outlined, the conference welcomes submissions on any other topics of relevance to the research domains of jobs and development policy.

Please visit the website for more details and content on previous conferences:


Please submit full papers by Thursday June 13, 2024 using the online application form available here.

Regrettably, extended abstracts and papers submitted in languages other than English cannot be considered at this time.

Notifications on contributed papers will be sent by July 25, 2024.

Any queries can be emailed to the conference organizers at

Conference Hosts

Haroon Bhorat (DPRU, UCT); Ahmed El Sayed (J-PAL MENA, AUC); Ragui Assaad (University of Minnosota, ERF), Gary Fields (Cornell); Lawrence Jeff Johnson (ILO); Piotr Lewandowski (IBS); Federica Saliola (World Bank) and Kunal Sen (UNU-WIDER).