Jobs and Development Project: Creating Multi-Disciplinary Solutions

The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) is a member of the Network for Jobs and Development (NJD) partnership financed from of the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility (DGF), and through the LACEA's Labor Network is disseminating ideas in the specific area of Labor Economics. In particular, the network is focused on labor markets in Latin America, and in particular, the nexus of Employment, Productivity and Skills and is envisaged as a way of sharing learning in the region, articulating new agendas for research, and creating consensus around necessary policy interventions. 

The NJD was established to pursue a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach to the global jobs agenda during the period 2013-2016. LACEA is one of five global institutions that are joining the NJD. Our partners include the Development Policy Research Unit at University of Cape Town (DPRU); the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST IEMS); the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the Institute for Structural Research (IBS), while the World Bank Jobs group is our counterpart at the World Bank.

The objective of the program is to contribute to the creation of multi-sector, multi-disciplinary solutions to the jobs challenges around the world based on research and empirical evidence from programs on the ground by:

  • Building a vibrant and engaging community of practice on jobs.
  • Fostering dialogue among policymakers, academia, private sector, labor unions, development practitioners, and others on the need to tackle the jobs challenge from a multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Strengthening capacities, developing tools and sharing lessons learned among DGF partners and provide solutions to enhance the global dialogue on the jobs agenda.

The NJD Initiative recognizes employment generation as a critical condition for raising living standards, achieving poverty reduction, and the role of globalization in improving labour working conditions. It supports the extension of the benefits of growth and good jobs to lagging regions within countries and emphasizes the role of employment and skills in driving economic growth. This will help facilitate the identification and dissemination of best practices and innovations on job creation.



On November 2-3, IBS will co-host the Jobs and Development conference in Washington D.C. We kindly invite you to submit your papers, with the deadline until August 26. In this section you will find the latest blogs on the Jobs and Development topics. The Working papers, articles, books, reports and journals related to the Labour topics can be found in our repository.


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