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Evidence to Action 2018: The Reality & Future of Work


The contours of work are radically changing. Innovations in policy and technology promise to generate new pathways out of poverty through improved access to information, infrastructure, capital, and markets. At the same time, rapid innovation has led to growing inequality and uncertainty for some workers, especially in cases where risk is not properly managed or understood. Around the world, but especially in poor countries, there remains remarkably little evidence to guide labor market investments.

On Thursday, November 1st, CEGA will host Evidence to Action 2018: The Reality & Future of Work. We'll explore the work lives of people in poverty, and the ways in which technology and policy can be harnessed to make future growth more inclusive. Pioneering researchers, including Paul Romer, NYU professor and 2018 Nobel laureate in Economics, will share insights from field experiments in the US, India, Kenya, Bangladesh and beyond.

The event is part of CEGA's annual Evidence to Action (E2A) series and marks our tenth year as a global leader in economic development research. Founded in 2008, CEGA has become a West Coast hub for research that influences policy dialogues and shapes government decision-making.

Date and Time

Nov 1, 2018


Opening Remarks: Carson Christiano, Executive Director at the Center for Effective Global Action

The Reality of Work: Dimensions of Labor Market Inequality

  • Supreet Kaur (UC Berkeley), “Income reliability, productivity, and unemployment in developing countries”

  • Erin Kelley (UC Berkeley), “The impact of new monitoring technologies on firms and their employees? Evidence from Kenya’s Transit Industry”

  • Danny Schneider (UC Berkeley), “Work Schedule Instability: Effects on Workers’ Wellbeing and What to Do About It”

  • Ingrid Haegele (UC Berkeley), “How Big Data can Promote Gender Equality”

  • Keynote: Paul Romer (NYU), “Work is School and School is Work”

The Future of Work: Opportunities and Solutions

  • Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley), “Impacts of Vocational Education and Cash on Kenyan Youth”

  • Kirk Bansak (Stanford University), “Algorithms for refugee resettlement in the US and Europe”

  • Ernesto Dal Bó (UC Berkeley), “Personnel selection and monitoring in developing countries”

  • Laura Boudreau (UC Berkeley), “Multinationals and worker safety in Bangladesh”

Closing Remarks: Anand Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the CEGA Advisory Board

Ernesto Dal Bo (UC Berkeley), Supreet Kaur (UC Berkeley), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley)