UNU-WIDER Summer School

In 2019 UNU-WIDER launches a summer school programme on applied labour economics.

The aim of the 2-week intensive course is to provide early-career scholars in the Global South with an understanding of the theories, methods and data availability for conducting high-quality analysis of applied labour economics, with a view to involving these scholars in UNU-WIDER’s 2019–23 work programme, and in particular, UNU-WIDER’s new flagship projects: Transforming informal work and livelihoods, Varieties of structural transformation, Social mobility in the Global South, and Women’s work.

The UNU-WIDER Summer School will provide participants with a toolkit in applied economics with special focus on the quantitative analysis of labour markets in developing countries. During the two weeks, participants will take part in lectures given by leading experts from UNU-WIDER’s global network and work intensively in the data lab to strengthen quantitative research skills.

Key objectives

The course will be highly practical; involving the study of a number of published papers and with participants working on actual cases, including bringing along their own research proposals to work with, and data in the lab. Participants will be assigned a mentor, will make presentations of their proposals, and serve as a discussant for other students’ research.

Beyond providing a methodological toolkit using practical examples, one of the main aims of the course is to sensitize participants to key factors that make for high-impact publications (including innovativeness, ability to make causal claims/deal with issues of endogeneity, and policy relevance, amongst others).

Watch this space

Course material — including video recordings of the lectures, accessible to researchers around the world —  will be accessible on this webpage after the course runs for the first time in November 2019.

Applications will open during April and close on 31 May 2019.

UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Due to the connection to the flagship projects on Transforming informal work and livelihoods, Varieties of structural transformation, Social mobility in the Global South, and Women’s work this programme will produce knowledge pertaining to SDG1 (No Poverty), SDG5 (Gender Equality), SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

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Theme: Current programme