Between June 3 and July 6, members of 14 project teams presented their PEP research at three international academic conferences held online.
Canadian Economics Association Conference 2021 (CEA)
As well as presenting on the Impact of Credit and Training on Enterprise Performance: Evidence from Urban Ethiopia, Eleni Yitbarek chaired the “Canadian Development Economics Study Group: Africa” session in which Boureima Sawadogo also presented. Similarly, Filipe Lage de Sousa chaired the session on “Economics of Innovation” as well as presenting his team’s findings on how workplace diversity can foster innovation in Brazil. And Matias Berthelon shared his team’s findings on how longer school days and childcare improve mothers’ employment in Chile, as well as chairing the “CDESG: Gender and Labour” session.
Christian Lukineyo Joshi spoke about the impact of pro-gender agricultural policies on women’s employment in the DRC during the session “Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF): Gender Economics”. He received pertinent comments and questions from the audience and was pleased to have the opportunity to share his team’s work with a wider scientific audience.
2021 International Conference in Development Economics (ICDE)
June 30-July 2
Boureima Sawadogo also shared his team’s findings, providing a gender perspective on the economic impact of climate change in Burkina Faso, as part of a virtual poster session at the ICDE. This event helped boost the visibility of the team’s work as around 200 academics and researchers from international institutions participated.
Meanwhile, during a session on Sustainable Development, Malick Diallo presented what can be learned from diversification strategies to improve women’s employment in Senegal. He was pleased to receive relevant questions and comments from the audience and pick up dissemination tips from other presenters.
International Economic Association Online World Congress 2021 (IEAWC)
The event, postponed from 2020, was held as a mix of live sessions via Zoom and pre-recorded invited sessions and contributed papers uploaded to the event website.
PEP organised a recorded invited session on the theme of “Supporting Vulnerable Populations for a Productive Labor Force: Policy Options for Developing Countries Faced with Out-Migration and Conflict.” The session explored strategies to mitigate the shocks of migration and conflict on the labour force, as identified by PEP researchers in Cambodia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Palestine.
Paras Kharel from Nepal said he was glad to share his team’s findings during such a prestigious conference that is attended by top economists from around the world. Recordings of the presentations from this session are available on the conference website.
During a live session on Renewable Energy and Natural Resources, Oluwasola Emmanuel Omoju presented his team’s findings from Nigeria on the macroeconomic impacts of a production subsidy for the country’s renewable energy sector. The audience of around 50 people appreciated the presentation, with many asking interesting questions and expressing praise for the quality of the research work.
Researchers from Kenya, Niger and Brazil also presented via recorded videos as part of the contributed sessions on Economic Growth and Development (Kenya and Niger) and Behavioural Economics (Brazil). The presentations covered off-farm participation and agricultural production, agricultural reforms to boost employment and reduce poverty, and how early childbearing affects labour outcomes, respectively.