Labor Markets in Southern Africa: Evidence and Policy Lessons

Organizers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA)
Location:NIPA - National Institute of Public Administration, 4810 Dushambe Road, Lusaka 10101, Zambia
Date:October 27, 2016 - October 28, 2016

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza (IZA)


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

Thursday, October 27:

08:30 - 09:00   Registration
09:00 - 09:15   Welcome Remarks
Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA)
Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso (Executive Director ZIPAR)
09:15 - 10:15   Keynote Speech

Intorduction: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA)

Kathleen Beegle (World Bank and IZA)
"Poverty in a Rising Africa"
        Session A
  Chair: Alan Hirsch (University of Cape Town)
10:15 - 10:55   Jamele Rigolini (World Bank and IZA), Lucilla Maria Bruni (World Bank), Sara Troiano (World Bank)
  "Forever Young? Social Policies for a Changing Population in Southern Africa"
10:55 - 11:35   Bernd Müller (ILO International Labour Organization), Man-Kwun Chan (Freelance Consultant)
  "Invisible Workers: Exploring the Links between Employment and Pathways out of Poverty"
11:35 - 12:05   Coffee Break
        Session B
  Chair: Felix Mwenge (ZIPAR)
12:05 - 12:45   Kathleen Beegle (World Bank and IZA), Jessica Goldberg (University of Maryland), Emanuela Galasso (World Bank)
  "Direct and Indirect Effects of Malawi’s Public Works Program on Food Security"
12:45 - 13:25   Felix Masiye (University of Zambia)
  "Seasonal Liquidity Constraints, Labor Supply and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Zambia"
13:25 - 14:30   Lunch
        Session C
  Chair: Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi)
14:30 - 15:10   Sonja Fransen (University of Amsterdam), Carlos Vargas-Silva (University of Oxford), Melissa Siegel (Maastricht University)
  "The Inter-Generational Impact of Conflict and Forced Displacement on Education: Evidence from Burundi"
15:10 - 15:50   Ines Vilela (Nova School of Business and Economics), Catia Batista (Nova University of Lisbon, CReAM, IZA, NOVAFRICA), Pedro C. Vicente (Nova University of Lisbon, BREAD, NOVAFRICA)
  "Promoting Migrant Remittances Using Mobile Banking: Evidence from a Field Experiment"
15:50 - 16:30   Grace Kumchulesi (African Institute for Development Policy), Taryn Dinkelman (Dartmouth College, NBER, IZA and BREAD), Martine Mariotti (Australian National University and Stellenbosch University)
  "Labor Migration and Structural Change in Rural Labor Markets: Evidence from Malawi"
16:30 - 17:00   Coffee Break
17:00 - 18:00   ZIPAR Special Session: More and Better Jobs
  Chair: Caesar Cheelo (ZIPAR)
    Shebo Nalishebo (ZIPAR)
  "The Impact of Zambia’s Economic Downturn on Labor Market Outcome"
18:00 - 19:00   Panel Discussion: Role of the State: Are African Economies Doing Enough for Labor Markets?
Chola Chabala (Ministry of Finance, Zambia)
Alan Hirsch (University of Cape Town)
Peggy Mlewa (Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Zambia)
David Robalino (World Bank and IZA)

Bernd Müller (ILO International Labour Organization)
19:00       Shuttle to dinner location
(by invitation only)

Friday, October 28:

08:00 - 08:30   Registration
        Session D
  Chair: Paolo Belli (World Bank)
08:30 - 09:10   Heidi Kaila (University of Copenhagen), David E. Sahn (Cornell University and IZA), Naveen Sunder (Cornell University)
  "Early Life Determinants of Cognitive Ability: A Comparative Study on Madagascar and Senegal "
09:10 - 09:50   Kezia Lilenstein (University of Cape Town), Haroon Bhorat (University of Cape Town and IZA), Morne Oosthuizen (University of Cape Town), Matthew Sharp (University of Cape Town)
  "Modelling Labor Markets in Four African LICs with Imperfect Data"
09:50 - 10:30   Joachim De Weerdt (Economic Development Initiatives), Arthi Vellore (University of Essex), Kathleen Beegle (World Bank and IZA), Amparo Palacios-Lopez (World Bank)
  "Not your average job: measuring household labor on Tanzanian farms"
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break
        Session E
  Chair: Grace Kumchulesi (African Institute for Development Policy)
11:00 - 11:40   Girum Abebe (Ethiopian Development Research Institute), Stefano Caria (University of Oxford), Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University ), Paolo Falco (OECD), Simon Franklin (London School of Economics), Simon Quinn (University of Oxford)
  "Anonymity or Distance? Removing Obstacles to Youth Employment in Urban Africa"
11:40 - 12:20   Peter Brummund (University of Alabama), Brian Dillon (University of Washington), Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi)
  "How complete are labor markets in sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from panel data in four countries"
12:20 - 13:00   Neil Rankin (Stellenbosch University)
  "Matched Employee-Employer Panel-Data for Labor Market Analysis in Zimbabwe"
13:00 - 13:45   Panel Discussion: Labor Market policies for Uncertain Global Economic Prospects
Kathleen Beegle (World Bank and IZA)
Emmanuel Mali (Cabinet Office, Zambia)
Alexio Musindo (ILO)
Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi)

Grace Kumchulesi (African Institute for Development Policy)
13:45 - 14:45   Lunch
15:00 - 20:00   Social Event
(by invitation only)