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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


Keynote: Paul Romer (NYU) on "Work is School and School is Work"

With additional talks by: 

Supreet Kaur on labor markets in India

Erin Kelley on new monitoring technologies for firms and employees in Kenya

Danny Schneider on work schedule instability and workers’ wellbeing

Ingrid Haegele on big data and gender equality in the workplace

Edward Miguel on investments in human capital in Kenya

Kirk Bansak on algorithms for refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Europe

Ernesto Dal Bo on personnel selection and monitoring in developing countries

Laura Boudreau on worker safety and worker rights in Bangladesh

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


This is an invite-only event. Please enter your details here, and we will contact you if there is space.