6th IZA/World Bank Conference: Employment and Development (IZA/WB)

Venue: ITAM

Location: Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Event Date/Time: May 30, 2011 End Date/Time: May 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 17, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Dec 17, 2010
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About the Conference

While most research in labor economics focuses on the US and Western Europe, the majority of the world’s population and particularly of the poor and the youth live in countries where labor markets often work quite differently. To stimulate and promote research on employment and labor economics in low and middle income countries, the World Bank and IZA initiated in 2006 a work program on “Employment and Development”. Since 2006, the annual conference on Employment and Development provides a platform for researchers and policy experts to discuss new research findings and identify areas where further work is needed. IZA and the World Bank will organize the 6th annual conference in Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico), this year in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and ITAM, on May 30/31.

In addition to the regular sessions in all fields of labor economics, special sessions on Social Protection and Labor Markets will be featured. The previous global recession has demonstrated the importance of social protection and shown that economic growth alone is insufficient to deal with poverty and hardship. And while high income countries have comprehensive social protection systems that help households cope with shocks, these systems are less developed in low and middle income countries. Moreover, they are often tailored to formal sector workers, thus poorly protecting the large share of informal sector workers; and attempts to reach out to the informal sector have at times generated further distortions. Accordingly, the thematic sessions welcome papers analyzing
the effect that social insurance and social assistance programs have on workers’ and firms’ behaviors (in particular regarding the decision to operate informally), and their economic implications;
the role of individuals “myopia” in determining the mandate of the social insurance system;
the design of redistributive arrangements and their effects on labor supply;
the role of pay-roll and other taxes in financing the social insurance system.


We invite you to submit your contribution by December, 17, 2010 using the Online Application Form. Only one submission per person is accepted. We invite submissions of papers in all areas of labor economics in developing countries. The scientific committee will review all papers and make a decision by February 2011. Detailed abstracts will also be considered, but full papers, in particular empirical ones, will strongly be favored.


All presenters at the parallel sessions must arrange and fund their trip to Mexico, but are offered two nights accommodation and meals, including a conference dinner. A limited amount of travel grants is however available, particularly for participants from developing countries, based on a needs assessment. There are no conference fees. For enquiries, please contact Alpaslan Akay or Markus Frölich at development@iza.org

Previous Conferences

Previous IZA / World Bank conferences have been held in Berlin, Bonn, Morocco and Cape Town and have attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a wide variety of developed and developing countries, including keynote speeches of Francois Bourguignon, Ottaviano Canuto, Marcel Fafchamps, Gary Fields, Richard Freeman, Santiago Levy, Jan Svejnar and Tarik Yousef. The programs from these past events may be found online at www.iza.org/development