Network on Jobs and Development

HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies is a members of the Network on Jobs and Development (NJD) partnership supported by the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility (DGF). The NJD was established to pursue a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach to the global jobs agenda during the period 2013-16.

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.

HKUST IEMS is one of the 5 partners of the network. Our partners include:

while the World Bank Jobs group is our counterpart at the World Bank.

Contact at HKUST IEMS:


[Google Hangout] Making Vocational Education Work in Emerging Markets 
[Google Hangout] CHINA IN AFRICA: China’s Impact on African Employment
[Google Hangout] Minimum Wages as an Instrument to Reduce Inequality in Emerging Markets
[Google Hangout] Extending Working Lives of Older Workers in Emerging Markets
[Video Interview] Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University): When job contracts prevent productivity gains from new technology
[Video Interview] Jonathan Eaton (Pennsylvania State University): Outsourcing, technology, globalization and jobs
[Video Interview] Shuaizhang Feng (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics): The reality behind Chinese unemployment data
[Video Interview] Albert Park (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): Looking at the impact of changes to Chinese labor laws
Video Interview] Hongbin Li (Tsinghua University): College education still makes a huge difference for Chinese workers
[Video Interview] Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University): Rising return to education among more women than men in China
[Video Interview] Shi Li (Beijing Normal University): (1) Conflicting early findings, (2) Why China has pursued a minimum wage, (3)Enforcement of minimum wage much improved
[Video Interview] David Neumark (University of California, Irvine): (1) The case for global pressure, (2) Vital to identify winners and losers
[Video Interview] John T. Addison (University of South Carolina): (1) Key is to weigh trade offs, (2) No magic formula for setting minimum wages


    • Jobs and Development Conference – World Bank Jobs Group and Network on Jobs and Development

      Speaker(s) Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University) and 80+ speakers
      Date 2 Nov 2016 – 3 Nov 2016
      Time 12:00:am - 11:59:pm
      Venue The World Bank Headquarters


    • Making Vocational Education Work in Emerging Markets – World Bank Jobs Group Google+ Hangout

      Speaker(s) Albert Park (HKUST IEMS), Prashant Loyalka (Stanford University), Aashish Mehta (UC-Santa Barbara), Joana Silva (World Bank)
      Date 20 Feb 2016 – 20 Feb 2016
      Time 8:30:am - 9:45:pm
      Venue Online


    • CHINA IN AFRICA: China’s Impact on African Employment – World Bank Jobs Group Google+ Hangout

      Speaker(s) Stephen Golub, Barry Sautman, Mwangi Kimenyi, Haroon Bhorat
      Date 23 Feb 2015 – 23 Feb 2015
      Time 10:00:pm - 11:30:pm
      Venue Virtual


    • 8th Asian Conference on Applied Micro-Economics/Econometrics (Theme: Labor Economics)

      Speaker(s) Jin-Young Choi, Shuaizhang Feng, Li Han, Christina Jenq, Kamhon Kan,Seik Kim, Jungmin Lee, Myoung-jae Lee, Hongbin Li, Albert Park, Mark Rosenzweig, Masaru Sasaki, Yasuyuki Sawada, Xinzheng Shi, Claire Hsiu-Han Shih, Sujata Visaria, Izumi Yokoyama, Junsen Zhang
      Date 28 Nov 2014 – 29 Nov 2014
      Time 9:00:am - 5:30:pm
      Venue IAS2042, 2/F, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST


    • China’s Impact on African Employment: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps?

      Speaker(s) Albert Park, Aly Mbaye, Asad Alam, Barry Sautman, Ben Stanwix, Bernard Casar, Brigitte Read, Catriona Purfield, Chunlin Xhang, Leo Rose-innes, David Maimela, Deborah Brautigam, Derek Yu, Ferdie Mostert, Francisco Ferreira, Haroon Bhorat, Isabel Yishu Yang, Jana Mudronova, Karmen Naidoo, Marsten Giese, Kavisha Pillay, Kwesi Dzapong Prah, Lawrence Edwards, Li Shi, Iria Pigato, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Nan Tan, Nany Whiteney, Nicoli Nattrass, Prcy Moleke, Peter Wonacott, Ping Hua, Rebecca Murdoch, Rob Urquhart, Stephen Golub, Wang Duanyong, Ward Anseew, Witness Simbanegavi, Xiaobo Zhang, Xiaofang Shen, Yu-Shan Wu
      Date 21 Nov 2014 – 22 Nov 2014
      Time 2:33:am - 3:33:am
      Venue Rosebank Crowne Plaza Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa


    • Minimum Wages as an Instrument to Reduce Inequality in Emerging Markets – World Bank Jobs Group Google Hangout

      Speaker(s) Uma Rani, Haroon Bhorat, Carl Lin, Ximena Del Carpio, Albert Park
      Date 18 Nov 2014 – 18 Nov 2014
      Time 10:00:pm - 11:05:pm
      Venue Virtual


    • Extending Working Lives of Older Workers in Emerging Markets – World Bank Network for Jobs for Development Group Google Hangout

      Speaker(s) Albert Park, Marek Góra,Truman Gregory Packard
      Date 17 Jun 2014 – 17 Jun 2014
      Time 9:30:am - 12:00:pm
      Venue Virtual


    • Conference on Challenges of Population Aging in Asia

      Speaker(s) Alfred Cheung-ming Chan (Lingnan University), Andrew Mason (University of Hawaii), Atsushi Seike (Keio University), James Smith (RAND Corporation)
      Date 14 Apr 2014 – 16 Apr 2014
      Time 9:00:am - 5:30:pm
      Venue IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST