Parallel session
The changing nature of work and inequality

Parallel 9.2 | Room 2: Friday, 7 October 2022, 14:00-15:30 (UTC-5)

The session includes papers produced by UNU-WIDER's The changing nature of work and inequality project. The project addresses the knowledge gap on how the changing nature of work may affect earnings inequality in the Global South. The papers initiate a new economic literature on the link between changes in the task composition of jobs and changes in earnings inequality. The papers in this session specifically address the question of How has the nature of work changed during the development path followed by different countries and regions of the world and how this experience impacts earnings inequality. 


14:00-15:30 (UTC-5)

Mohamed Ali Marouani | Chair

Mohamed Ali Marouani is Associate Professor in Economics at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University and currently on leave as Representative of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Tunisia. He is Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum and of the Migration Institute and Member of the Advisory Group of the African Evidence Network. His research focuses on structural change, migration and the socio-economic impact of crises in the MENA region.

His main research interest is the study of poverty, inequality and discrimination in both developed and developing countries. He is especially interested in those inequalities that occur between population groups (i.e. by gender, race, or ethnicity). His research deals with enhancing the empirical evidence as well as methodological tools for the measurement and understanding of those issues.

Simone Schotte | Presenter

Implications of the changing nature of work for employment and inequality in Ghana 
(co-author: Carlos Gradín)

Simone Schotte is a development economist focusing on inequality, social stratification, and labour markets research. She holds a PhD from the University of Göttingen, and between 2019-2022, she has been working at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki. Before, she worked at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and was a consultant to the World Bank. Her research has been published in journals such as World Development, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Development Studies, Kyklos, International Migration Review, among others.

Sergio Firpo | Presenter

The changing nature of work and inequality in Brazil (2003–19): A descriptive analysis 
(co-authors: Alysson Portella, Flavio Riva, Giovanna Úbida)

Sergio Firpo is Instituto Unibanco Professor of Economics at Insper in São Paulo, Brazil. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. His main research interests are microeconometrics, policy evaluation, labor economics, development economics and empirical political economy.

Ana Paula Monsalvo | Presenter

Changes in occupations and their task content: Implications for employment and inequality in Argentina, 2003–19 
(co-author: Roxana Maurizio)

Ana Paula Monsalvo is a Researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is technical advisor at the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos. Her research focuses on labour informality, occupation mobility, income distribution, poverty, and migration. Her major skill is related to the implementation of econometrics tools and applied statistics. She has published several articles and chapters of books related to her areas of interest. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master degree in Mathematical Statistics (unfinished).