Compensation, Diversity, and Inclusion at the World Bank Group
March 16, 2017Inclusion and Shared Prosperity

That women earn considerably less than men, even for the same job, is well established at the level of countries and industries. Increasingly, large companies and institutions are examining their own diversity and inclusion policies to understand whether they are sufficient to guarantee pay equality. In this talk, Jishnu Das and Clement Joubert will discuss the results of a study that examines differences in salaries at the World Bank Group across men and women and across Part 1 and Part 2 staff. The study draws on data on all employees between 1987 and 2015, and highlights the relative contribution of multiple factors to current salary gaps:

•      Staff composition: Men and women are hired into different grades

•      Entry salaries: Men and women hired into the same grade earn different salaries when joining the World Bank Group

•      Salary growth: The salaries of men and women hired into the same grade grow at different rates

•      Attrition: Staff who leave the World Bank Group come from different parts of the salary distribution depending on their sex or nationality  

Das and Joubert will discuss broad patterns in the data and the results of the decomposition exercise.

This study is the result of a joint initiative between the Development Research Group, the Gender CCSA, and Human Resources. Funding was provided by DEC, the Gender CCSA, and Human Resources. The authors of the analysis are Jishnu Das (Lead Economist), Clement Joubert (Economist), and Sander Tordoir (Consultant).

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    Jishnu Das, Lead Economist, Development Research Group

    Jishnu Das is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) at the World Bank and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. Jishnu’s work focuses on the delivery of basic services, particularly health and education. He has worked on the quality of health care, mental health, information in health and education markets, child learning and test-scores and the determinants of trust. His work has been published in leading economics, health and education journals and widely covered in the media and policy forums.
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    Clément Joubert, Economist, Development Research Group

    Clément Joubert is an economist in the Development Research Group, Human Development and Public Services Team. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. His research focuses on pension reform, informality, labor market mismatch and gender inequality.
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    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research

    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.
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    Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender Global Practice

    Caren Grown is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality, an international effort which resulted in 22 commissioned papers and a global synthesis.
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    Daniel Sellen, Chair, World Bank Group Staff Association

    Daniel Sellen, a Canadian national, is Chair of the World Bank Group Staff Association. He has been in the Bank for twenty years, the last twelve of which based in Delhi, Abidjan, and Bogotá.

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Event Details
  • Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM, March 16, 2017
  • Location: MC 13-121, World Bank Main Complex
  • CONTACT: Tourya Tourougui