Call for papers
Annual Jobs and Development conference

The 6th IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference takes place 14-15 December on The challenge of creating better jobs in developing countries.

Following the successes of the 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Jobs and Development Conferences, the World Bank, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), the Network on Jobs and Development*, and UNU-WIDER are organizing a follow up conference focused on 'The challenge of creating better jobs in developing countries'.

The conference will take place on 14-15 December 2022, in Cape Town, South Africa. 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:

  • New platform economy jobs
  • Labour market programmes and regulation
  • Gender and labour markets
  • COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and development
  • Immigration, migration and skills
  • Structural change
  • Climate change, energy and jobs

We are particularly interested in these themes, but don't discourage any relevant topic on jobs and development policy and issues.

Please submit full papers or extended abstracts by Friday July 1, 2022 using the online application form.

Notifications on contributed papers will be sent by September 5, 2022.

Any queries can be emailed to conference managers at

We strongly encourage submission of full papers. For extended abstracts, full paper submission is due September 30, 2022.

* The NJD is a partnership of research institutes from various regions of the world:
- Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU), at University of Cape Town - South Africa,
- HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS) - Hong Kong,
- Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) - India, and
- Institute for Structural Research (IBS) - Poland.

** Note that restricted funding can be made available for accepted applicants who are citizens of (and are residing in) LICs, should assistance be required to cover travel costs. NB: Decisions will be made at the discretion of the organising committee and will be undertaken in all fairness and due consideration for the number of motivations received and for the candidates who are in the most need.