To improve knowledge on labor market issues in the world’s poorest regions, IZA has been collaborating closely for many years with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) on the “Growth, Gender, and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries” (G²LM|LIC) research initiative. The goal is to provide a solid basis for capacity building and development of future labor market policies.
Based on numerous studies and policy recommendations that have emerged from this initiative, the program’s founding director David Lam and IZA’s deputy program director Ahmed Elsayed have now published a book on Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities.
Covering such topics as poverty, informality and rural labor, skills training and behavior, gender inequality, youth and child labor, and migration, the book presents key takeaways from the latest research in the field.
Which development policies will work, which strategies are likely to fail? Drawing on the results of new evaluation studies, the authors provide an in-depth discussion of current development programs and derive important policy lessons. The volume is available free of charge as an open-access publication for non-commercial use.
On February 23, core findings of the book will be discussed by invited experts during an online book presentation [register as a guest here].