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Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries
October 22-24, 2015The World Bank, Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA, Room: MC2-800

The conference will present new research on labor markets in Low-Income Countries, with a focus on results from projects supported by the IZA/ DFID Growth in Labor Markets in Low Income Countries (GLM-LIC) Program.

IZA/ DFID Growth in Labor Markets in Low Income Program is targeted at addressing an important gap in research, and focuses on various labour markets issues in low income countries (LICs).

Over a period of five years, promising research and capacity building activities in the field are selected for funding with the overall objective to improve the understanding of labour markets in LICs and their relevance for economic growth, and to help local decision makers with the design and implementation of labour related policies.

In addition to producing various publications, GLM-LIC also hosts a number of workshops and conferences:

At the 1st IZA/DFID GLM-LIC Research Conference on New Research on Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries, members of all research projects will come together. A member of each project team will give a presentation about their work, progress and newly gained insights of growth and labour markets in low-income countries.

To access the livestream, please click on the following:

Thu (10/22): https://www.kaltura.com/tiny/py3bc

Fri (10/23): https://www.kaltura.com/tiny/ufo0x

Program

Thursday, October 22:

 

 

09:00

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10:00

 

Keynote Address and Welcome Remarks

David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA)
Kaushik Basu (World Bank and IZA)

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Session A: Gender

 

 

Chair: Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College and IZA)

 

 

10:00

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10:40

 

Tilman Brück (ISDC - International Security and Development Center and IZA)

 

 

"Gender and Employment in Central Asia - Evidence from Panel Data"

 

 

10:40

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11:20

 

David E. Sahn (Cornell University and IZA), Kira Villa (University of New Mexico)

 

 

"The Role of Personality, Cognition and Shocks in Determining Labor Outcomes of Young Adults in Madagascar"

 

 

11:20

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12:00

 

Andrei A. Levchenko (University of Michigan and IZA), Quy-Toan Do (World Bank), Claudio Raddatz (Central Bank of Chile)

 

 

"Globalization and the Gender Gap"

 

 

 

     

12:00

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13:30

 

Lunch

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Session B: Rural Labor Markets

 

 

Chair: Ingrid Woolard (University of Cape Town and IZA)

 

 

13:30

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14:10

 

Kelsey Jack (Tufts University and IZA), Gunther Fink (Harvard School of Public Health), Felix Masiye (University of Zambia)

 

 

"Seasonal Liquidity Constraints, Labor Supply and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Zambia"

 

 

14:10

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14:50

 

Jessica Goldberg (University of Maryland), Kathleen Beegle (World Bank and IZA), Emanuela Galasso (World Bank, DECPI)

 

 

"Direct and Indirect Effects of Malawi's Public Works Program on Food Security"

 

 

 

     

14:50

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15:10

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Session C: Migration

 

 

Chair: Roberta Gatti (World Bank)

 

 

15:10

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15:50

 

Taryn Dinkelman (Dartmouth College and IZA)

 

 

"Labor Migration and Structural Change in Rural Labor Markets: Evidence from Malawi"

 

 

15:50

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16:30

 

Isabel Ruiz (University of Oxford), Carlos Vargas-Silva (Oxford University), Sonja Fransen (Maastricht University)

 

 

"The Economics of Refugee Return"

 

 

 

     

16:30

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17:00

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

17:00

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18:30

 

Panel Discussion I

 

 

Chair: Mary Hallward-Driemeier (World Bank)

 

 

 

 

Panelists:

Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA)
Ingrid Woolard (University of Cape Town and IZA)
Krishna B. Kumar (RAND and IZA)

 

 

Friday, October 23:

 

 

 

 

Session D: Labor Market Structure 1

 

Chair: Lawrence Edwards (University of Cape Town and IZA)

 

09:00

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09:40

 

Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton University), Ali Cheema (Center for Economic Research in Pakistan), Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Harvard University), Farooq Naseer (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

 

 

"Crossing Boundaries: Experimental Evidence on Skills Acquisition Access Constraints for Rural Women in Pakistan"

 

 

09:40

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10:20

 

Brian McCaig (Wilfrid Laurier University), Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College)

 

 

"Household businesses and informality in a growing low-income economy"

 

 

 

     

10:20

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10:40

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Session E: Labor Market Structure 2

 

 

Chair: Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA)

 

 

10:40

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11:20

 

Emily Breza (Columbia Business School), Supreet Kaur (Columbia University and IZA), Yogita Shamdasani (Columbia University)

 

 

"The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality"

 

 

11:20

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12:00

 

Simon Franklin (University of Oxford), Girum Abebe (Ethiopian Development Research Institute)

 

 

"Assisting Job Search in Low-employment Communities: The Effect of Information Provision and Transport Vouchers in Addis Ababa"

 

 

 

     

12:00

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13:30

 

Lunch

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Session F: Skills Training 1

 

 

Chair: Imran Rasul (University College London and IZA)

 

 

13:30

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14:10

 

Chris Blattman (Columbia University), Julian Jamison (U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), Margaret Sheridan (University of North Carolina)

 

 

"Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence on Adult Noncognitive Investments in Liberia"

 

 

14:10

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14:50

 

Isaac M. Mbiti (University of Virginia and IZA)

 

 

"Start-up Capital for Youth: Addressing the Potential of Small Business Grants and Vocational Training in Kenya"

 

 

 

     

14:50

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15:10

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Session G: Skills Training 2

 

 

Chair: Anne Case (Princeton University and IZA)

 

 

15:10

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15:50

 

Pamela Jakiela (University of Maryland and IZA)

 

 

"Girls Empowered by Microfranchising"

 

 

15:50

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16:30

 

David McKenzie (World Bank and IZA), Susana Puerto (ILO - International Labor Organization)

 

 

"The Direct and Spillover Impacts of a Business Training Program for Female Entrepreneurs in Kenya"

 

 

 

     

16:30

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17:00

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

17:00

-

18:30

 

Panel Discussion II

 

 

Chair: David A. Robalino (World Bank and IZA)

 

 

 

 

Panelists:

Imran Rasul (University College London and IZA)
Anne C. Case (Princeton University and IZA)
David McKenzie (World Bank and IZA)

 

 

Saturday, October 24:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Updates

 

09:00

 

 

 

Joshua Blumenstock (University of Washington and IZA)
“How Do Labor Markets Equilibrate? Using Mobile Phone Records to Estimate the Effect of Local Labor Demand Shocks on International Migration and Local Wages”

 

 

09:15

 

 

 

Catia Batista (Universidade Nova de Lisboa and IZA)
“Promoting Migrant Remittances Using Mobile Banking: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Mozambique”

 

 

09:30

 

 

 

Abu Parves Shonchoy (Institute of Developing Countries (IDE-JETRO))
"Reducing Extreme Poverty through Skill Training for Industry Job Placement: The Case of RMG in Bagladesh”

 

 

09:45

 

 

 

Shanthi Nataraj (RAND)
“The Formal-Informal Labor Nexus and Growth: The Case f Bangladesh”

 

 

10:00

 

 

 

Simone G. Schaner (Dartmouth College)
“Empowering Women through Public Policy: Can Gender Sensitive Policy Reform to a Major Public Works Program Encourage Female Work and Improve Women’s Wellbeing?”

 

 

10:15

 

 

 

Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
“Women’s Access to Public Transport: A Randomized Control Trial”

 

 

10:30

 

 

 

Paul Novosad (Dartmouth College)
“The Urban Geography of Entrepreneurship and Growth in India”

 

 

     

 

 

     

10:45

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11:15

 

Coffee Break

 

 

     

 

11:15

 

 

 

Brian Dillon (University of Washington)
“Labor Markets and Household Enterprises: Evidence from New Nationally Representative Surveys in Five African Countries”

 

 

11:30

 

 

 

Lawrence Edwards (University of Cape Town and IZA)
“Matched Employee-Employer Panel Data for Labour Market Analysis in Zimbabwe”

 

 

11:45

 

 

 

Imran Rasul (University College London and IZA)
“Asymmetric Information on the Skills of Workers and Matching in the Labor Market: Evidence from Uganda”

 

 

12:00

 

 

 

Admasu Shiferaw (The College of William and Mary)
“Insurance and Labour Market Outcomes in Ethiopia”

 

 

12:15

 

 

 

Jose C. Galdo (Carleton University and IZA)
“Fair Trade, Labour Markets and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ethiopia”

 

 

12:30

 

 

 

Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA)
“Modelling Labour Markets in LICs with Imperfect Data”

 

 

12:45

 

 

 

Joachim De Weerdt (Economic Development Initiative)
“Measuring Labor in Farm Households in Africa”

 

 

     

 

 

     

13:00

 

 

 

Lunch

 

 

  • Degnet Abebaw

    Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
  • Girum Abebe

    Ethiopian Development Research Institute
  • Getnet Alemu

    University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Kaushik Basu

    World Bank
  • Catia Batista

    Universidade Nova de Lisboa and IZA
  • Samuel Berlinski

    Inter-American Development Bank and IZA
  • Haroon Bhorat

    University of Cape Town and IZA
  • Chris Blattman

    Columbia University
  • Joshua E. Blumenstock

    University of Washington and IZA
  • Emily Breza

    Columbia Business School
  • Columbia Business School

    ISDC - International Security and Development Center and IZA
  • Andrew Brudevold

    University of Maryland
  • Marco Caliendo

    University of Potsdam and IZA
  • Anne Case

    Princeton University and IZA
  • Carmel U. Chiswick

    George Washington University
  • Michael A. Clemens

    Center for Global Development
  • Joachim De Weerdt

    Economic Development Initiatives
  • Brian Dillon

    University of Washington
  • Taryn Dinkelman

    Dartmouth College and IZA
  • John S. Earle

    George Mason University
  • Lawrence Edwards

    University of Cape Town
  • Ahmed Elsayed

    IZA
  • Angela Elzir

    World Bank
  • Damir Esenaliev

    SIPRI
  • Erica Field

    Duke University
  • Simon Franklin

    University of Oxford
  • Emanuela Galasso

    World Bank
  • Jose C. Galdo

    Carleton University
  • Roberta Gatti

    World Bank
  • Corrado Giulietti

    IZA
  • Jessica Goldberg

    University of Maryland
  • Markus Goldstein

    World Bank
  • Mary Hallward-Driemeier

    World Bank
  • Tim Hatton

    DFID
  • Maddalena Honorati

    World Bank
  • Gerald Ipapa

    Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Kelsey Jack

    Tufts University and IZA
  • Pamela Jakiela

    University of Maryland and IZA
  • Krishna B. Kumar

    RAND and IZA
  • Grace Kumchulesi

    University of Cape Town
  • David Lam

    University of Michigan and IZA
  • Andrei A. Levchenko

    University of Michigan and IZA
  • Minhaj Mahmud

    BRAC University
  • Albert Makochekanwa

    University of Zimbabwe
  • Felix Masiye

    University of Zambia
  • Isaac M. Mbiti

    University of Virginia
  • Brian McCaig

    Wilfrid Laurier University
  • David McKenzie

    World Bank and IZA
  • Oscar A. Mitnik

    University of Miami and IZA
  • Germano Mwabu

    University of Nairobi
  • Maryam Naghsh Nejad

    IZA
  • Shanthi Nataraj

    RAND
  • Hugo Nopo

    Inter-American Development Bank
  • Paul Novosad

    Dartmouth College
  • Morne Oosthuizen

    University of Cape Town
  • Owen Ozier

    World Bank
  • Nina Pavcnik

    Dartmouth College and IZA
  • John Piper

    DFID
  • Selim Raihan

    University of Dhaka
  • Imran Rasul

    University College London and IZA)
  • David A. Robalino

    World Bank
  • Núria Rodríguez-Planas

    Queens College, CUNY
  • Isabel Ruiz

    University of Oxford
  • David E. Sahn

    Cornell University and IZA
  • Simone G. Schaner

    Dartmouth College
  • Jacob N. Shapiro

    Princeton University
  • Admasu Shiferaw

    The College of William and Mary
  • Abu Shonchoy

    Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO)
  • Stephen C. Smith

    George Washington University
  • Matthew Staiger

    University of Maryland
  • Kenneth A. Swinnerton

    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Erdal Tekin

    American University
  • Kate Vyborny

    Duke University
  • Ingrid Woolard

    University of Cape Town and IZA
DETAILS
  • Organizers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), David A. Robalino (World Bank and IZA), Angela Elzir (World Bank)
  • Location: The World Bank, Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA, Room: MC2-800
  • Date: October 22, 2015 - October 24, 2015
  • CONTACT: Viola Hartmann (IZA) 
  • hartmann@iza.org