Labor Markets in South Asia: Evidence and Policy Lesson

Organizers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Ahmed Elsayed (IZA)
Location:Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, Lazimpat Rd., Kathmandu, Room: Dhuku Hall
Date:December 05, 2019 - December 06, 2019

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann (IZA)


+++ presentation: 30 minutes +++ floor discussion: 10 minutes +++

Thursday, December 05:

11:00 - 12:00   Registration and Lunch
12:00 - 12:15   Welcome Remarks
David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA)
Ahmed Elsayed (IZA)
12:15 - 12:45   DFID Nepal

Lisa Honan
(Department for International Development (DFID))
"DFID Nepalís work on Migration and Labour"
12:45 - 13:45   Keynote Lecture
  Chair: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA)
    Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University and IZA)
  "Seasonal Poverty"
13:45 - 14:15   Coffee Break
        Session A
  Chair: Ahmed Elsayed (IZA)
14:15 - 14:55   Tanika Chakraborty (Indian Institute of Management and IZA), Nafisa Lohawala (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
  "Women Violence and Work: Threat of Sexual Violence and Women's Decision to Work"
14:55 - 15:35   Alma Kudebayeva (KIMEP), Armando Barrientos (The University of Manchester)
  "Social Transfers and Women's Labour Supply in Kyrgyzstan"
        Session B
  Chair: Dirgha Ghimire (University of Michigan)
15:35 - 16:15   Samuel Asher (Johns Hopkins SAIS), Anjali Adukia (University of Chicago), Paul Novosad (Dartmouth College), Brandon Tan (Harvard University)
  "Residential Segregation in Urban India"
16:15 - 16:55   Asadul Islam (Monash University)
  "Training, Financing and Matching Between Workers and Firms: Evidence from Bangladesh"

Friday, December 06:

        Session C
  Chair: Tanika Chakraborty (Indian Institute of Management and IZA)
09:30 - 10:10   Farooq Naseer (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Ali Cheema (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Asim Khwaja (Harvard University), Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University)
  "Acquiring Skills to Earn: Impact of Skills Training and Market Linkage on Rural Women in Pakistan"
10:10 - 10:50   Shanthi Nataraj (RAND), Krishna B. Kumar (RAND Corporation), Minhaj Mahmud (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)), Yoonyoung Cho (World Bank)
  "Employer and Employee Preferences for Worker Benefits: Evidence from a Matched Survey of the Bangladesh Informal Sector"
10:50 - 11:20   Coffee Break
        Session D
  Chair: Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University and IZA)
11:20 - 12:00   Paul Novosad (Dartmouth College), Sam Asher (Johns Hopkins University SAIS), Juan Pablo Chauvin (Inter-American Development Bank)
  "Rural Spillovers of Urban Growth"
12:00 - 12:40   Farah Said (Lahore School of Economics), Hamna Ahmed (Lahore School of Economics), Mahreen Mahmud (University of Oxford), Zunia Saif Tirmazee (Lahore School of Economics)
  "Encouraging Female Graduates to Enter the Labour Force: Do Role Model Interventions Work?"
12:40 - 13:40   Lunch
        Session E
  Chair: Paul Novosad (Dartmouth College)
13:40 - 14:20   Minhaj Mahmud (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)), Yasuyuki Sawada (University of Tokyo), Mai Seki (Ritsumeikan University), An Le (NextGeM Inc.), Hikaru Kawarazaki (University of Tokyo)
  "Fighting Against Learning Crisis in Developing Countries: Randomized Experiment of Self-Learning at the Right Level"
14:20 - 15:00   Stefano Caria (University of Bristol), Grant Gordon (International Rescue Committee (IRC)), Max Kasy (Harvard University), Soha Osman (International Rescue Committee (IRC)), Simon Quinn (University of Oxford), Alex Teytelboym (International Rescue Committee (IRC))
  "Job Search Assistance for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: An Adaptive Field Experiment"
15:00       Final Remarks
and Farewell Coffee