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Picking up the Winning Lottery Ticket: How to Use Migration for Poverty Alleviation
December 18, 2014Washington DC

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, join development experts as they discuss how labor flows can be facilitated and better managed.

Amidst the current discourse on international labor mobility, evidence suggests that far greater flows of labor are not only imminent but also desirable as they create substantial potential for poverty alleviation.

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, join development experts as they discuss how these labor flows can be facilitated and better managed.

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    Natasha Iskander

    Natasha Iskander, Associate Professor of Public Policy, conducts research on labor migration and economic development, on labor mobilization and its relationship to workforce development, and on processes of institutional innovation and organizational learning. Her recent award-wining book, entitled Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico (Cornell University Press: 2010), examines how the governments of Mexico and Morocco elaborated policies to build a link between labor emigration and local economic development. Her current project investigates how tacit skill moves across national borders through international migration, and the resource it represents for economic development. Natasha Iskander received her PhD in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and a BA in Cultural Studies from Stanford University.
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    Michael Clemens

    Michael Clemens is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development where he leads the Migration and Development initiative. His current research focuses on the effects of international migration on people from and in developing countries, and on rigorous impact evaluation for aid projects. He also serves as CGD’s Research Manager, directing the Center’s engagement with the academic research community through peer-review for Center publications, research seminars and conferences, and academic fellowship positions. Clemens joined CGD after completing his PhD in Economics at Harvard University, where his fields were economic development and public finance, and he wrote his dissertation in economic history. Clemens has served as an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and as a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program.
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    Arup Banerji

    Dr. Arup Banerji is the World Bank’s global Director for Social Protection and Labor, overseeing the World Bank’s strategy and knowledge work on labor markets, social safety nets, and pensions issues.
Event Information
  • Time: 2:15-4:30 pm EST
  • Location: World Bank Headquarters, Room J1-050