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ECA Talk on Forced Displacement

June 23, 2022

Presentation by Benjamin Elsner, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University College Dublin

Presentation by Martina Viarengo, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Geneva Graduate Institute, and Tobias Müller, Associate Professor, Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management

Presentation by Dejan Kovač, Postdoctoral Researcher, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Presentation by Elie Murard, Assistant Professor, University of Alicante

Presentation by Çağlar Özden, Lead Economist, Development Economics, the World Bank

Forced displacement affects millions of people across the world. According to UNHCR, about 84 million people were forcibly displaced by the middle of 2021, including both refugees and internally displaced people. The current war in Ukraine has so far generated more than 5 million refugees and more than 7 million internally displaced people. The World Bank, together with UNHCR and FCDO, is leading a series of studies that expand our understanding of how policies and investments can help prevent conflict and promote social and economic integration of refugees and displaced persons. This ECA Talk will feature a presentation by the authors of four of these studies focusing on ECA countries.

How does the settlement of refugees influence attitudinal and behavioral measures of social cohesion? How do initial socio-economic conditions shape refugees’ integration into labor markets? How does individuals’ exposure to conflict correlate with contemporary social inequalities? What are the long-term effects of integration policies? These questions and related policy implications will be discussed during this session.


  • Date: June 23, 2022
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 AM EDT
  • Chair: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
  • CONTACT: Ekaterina Ushakova