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IZA Research Programme: Jobs, Gender and Poverty

Professor Oriana Bandiera, Director of STICERD, will direct a new research initiative on gender, jobs and poverty. The programme (G2LM|LIC), sponsored by DFID and managed by IZA, has a budget of over £10million over 5 years. It will fund innovative research proposals on the link between jobs and poverty, gender specific barriers and the growth implications of improving the allocation of talent in low income settings.

The programme marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011. The programme marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011.

On Wednesday 19 June 2019 the initiative will be launched with an inaugural workshop held at the LSE, with presentations by several leading scholars and a panel discussion. Find out more from the IZA Conference website.

You can view the programme here. To sign up, please visit Jobs, Gender and Poverty - IZA/DFID G2LM|LIC Launch Workshop.


News Posted: 19 June 2019      [Back to the Top]

STICERD News
Professor Tim Besley joins the panel of the IFS Deaton Review


Professor Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science & W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, has joined the panel of the newly launched IFS Deaton Reviw of Inequalities.

The IFS Deaton Review: Inequalities in the 21st Century is an ambitious five-year project, initiated by IFS and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

With the Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton in the chair, the panel overseeing the project includes world-leading experts in sociology, demography, epidemiology, political science, philosophy and economics.

To give a sense of the breadth and ambition of the project, the themes to be covered here will include: which inequalities matter and why they matter; people's attitudes towards inequality; their experiences of inequality; the political economy of inequality; the history of inequality; trends in economic inequalities; intergenerational inequalities; health inequalities; geographical inequalities; gender; race and ethnicity; immigration; early child development; education systems; families; social mobility; trade and globalisation; productivity, growth and innovation; labour markets; tax policy; and welfare policy.

To find out more, please visit the IFS website.

News Posted: 17 May 2019      [Back to the Top]

Keynote speech at the European Conference of Social Work Research
Tania Burchardt

Dr. Tania Burchardt gave the keynote speech on 12th April 2019 at the European Conference of Social Work Research in Leuven, Belgium, on “How could a ‘capability approach’ influence social work practice?”.

The presentation slides are available here (pdf)


News Posted: 12 April 2019      [Back to the Top]

STICERD Award
Oriana Bandiera joint winner with Imran Rasul of the 2019 Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics

Congratulations to Oriana Bandiera, director of STICERD and Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at LSE, and to Imran Rasul, Professor of Economics at UCL, who have been jointly awareded the 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson Prize in Economics.

Oriana Bandiera (pictured left) and Imran Rasul are applied microeconomists. Their work on the role of social relationships in economics, advanced through pioneering field experiments in the workplace and social networks, has provided salient contributions to economics, especially to the fields of personnel economics and development.

An important contribution of their work is that their experiments have become a role model for randomized control trials for incentive treatments and they have deeply influenced the applied microeconomics field. Their transformative work has inspired a generation of applied economists.

About the award

In 1993 the Finnish Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation established a biennial award, called the Yrjo Jahnsson Award in Economics, for a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe. The European Economic Association (EEA) cooperates with the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation in the selection of the award winners. In 2019, the EEA and the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation decided to extend the the age limit in certain circumstances, such as for maternity leave (12 months per child), long-term illness, or national mandatory military service.

The EEA and the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation approved the Selection Committee's decision. 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson Award Selection Committee - Orazio Attanasio, Armin Falk, Eliana La Ferrara, Kjetil Storesletten and Hannu Vartiainen.

Oriana and Imran will be presented with their Award during the annual EEA Congress to be held in Manchester, United Kingdom (August 2019)

For further information please visit the European Economic Association website.


News Posted: 08 April 2019      [Back to the Top]

ESRC New Investigator award granted to
Xavier Jaravel


Dr Xavier Jaravel, Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate of the Public Economics Programme at STICERD, has been awarded an ESRC New Investigator award to undertake research on the distributional effects of prices.

The project has three objectives: (1) to advance our understanding of the impact of price changes over time and across countries on inequality and standards of living; (2) to advance our understanding of the price effects of specific policies (namely: redistribution policies; trade policies; and monetary policy); (3) to enable researchers, policymakers and the general public to access new data on prices so that they are able to conduct their own analyses on prices, policies, inequality, and standards of living.

News Posted: 17 January 2019      [Back to the Top]

2019 Human Development and Capability Association Conference
London, 9-11 September, 2019

Hosted by University College London, in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Birkbeck, the University of East London (UEL) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

“Connecting Capabilities”

The theme for the HDCA 2019 conference in London (9-11 September 2019) is Connecting Capabilities. We have chosen this theme because we think connection is an important capability that needs further consideration.

March 2019 is the date currently scheduled for Brexit. In some ways this is a national political difficulty and time of uncertainty for the UK. But in other ways Brexit reflects themes that resonate internationally - not least the impact of globalisation and the emergence of greater xenophobia and more authoritarian forms of democracy in many parts of the world. The theme of connecting capabilities gives us an opportunity to think against this grain, using ideas and networks on human development and putting the capability approach to work in new ways.

Confirmed keynote speakers and plenary panels

  • Martha Nussbaum
  • Vandana Shiva (Sen Lecture)
  • Leif Wenar (Nussbaum Lecture)
  • Panel with activists and practitioners reflecting on using the capability approach including Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Johannes Krassnitzer, UNDP
Click here for the 2019 HDCA Conference Home Page for further information

News Posted: 07 January 2019      [Back to the Top]