Development Economics Skills Webinars (2nd semester)

September-November 2021 | Webinars

Join PEP’s Research Fellows for a series of free webinars to learn about new advances, topics and developments in development economics.

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Continuing the series of free online seminars to explore a range of important topics relevant to development economics, PEP’s Research Fellows are hosting three more events between September and November, 2021.

Development economics is a fast-moving field and keeping abreast of the latest advances can be challenging. During this webinar series, PEP’s Research Fellows shared their cutting-edge research and present new techniques, tools and methodologies.

Researchers and students of development economics who are from the Global South were invited to attend these free events. Participants learned about new advances, topics and developments in the field from leading researchers based in developing countries. 

Scroll down to see the events coming up in this series. You can watch the recordings of previous webinars in this series on our YouTube channel.


All webinars start at 12 noon UTCFind your local time 

September 30
Underrepresentation of developing country researchers in development research

This seminar will share findings and insights from the paper Underrepresentation of developing country researchers in development research. It will focus on how researchers from developing countries (or Southern researchers) are represented in three areas of research: conference presentations, articles in journals, and citations.

We find that the bulk of research on the South is conducted by researchers from the North. As development policy in Southern countries affects Southern researchers directly and sometimes severely, they have an additional claim to fair representation in debates that affect their own future.

This seminar is particularly relevant for researchers and practitioners in the Global South, particularly those working in development economics and public policy.


Veronica Amarante is a Professor at Instituto de Economía, part of the Economics Department at Universidad de la República in Uruguay.

Areas of research: development economics, labor market, social protection, gender, inequality and poverty. Special interest in Latin American economies.

October 14
Data Publishing

All researchers are familiar with the idea that publishing articles is a key element for advancing their career. However, only a few think about publishing data collected to produce those articles. While research data has been viewed as proprietary for a long time, these ideas are changing. Factors such as the reproducibility crisis and online access are making it easier to contextualize research studies and re-use the data, and are leading the push towards new ways of data sharing among researchers.

This seminar will cover data sharing via repository, data management plans/manuscripts, publishing in a data journal.

This seminar is particularly relevant to researchers involved in data collection exercises. Among PEP researchers, those who collect primary data for their research (under PIERI and CBMS projects) are likely to find this particularly useful.


Michael Murigi is the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at PEP. He has also been a member of two PEP research project teams. One of these research teams has successfully published their data following their participation in the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)’s Open Research Data Initiative. 

October 28
Measuring involuntary informal employment, a latent class model approach

Jorge Davalos is an Associate Professor at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. His research focuses on applied labour econometrics, impact evaluation and trade and labor market outcomes in developing countries.

November 25
The effect of labor unions on efficiency and inequality: The case in Latin America and the Caribbean
Topic: This seminar will discuss - theoretically and empirically - how labor unions affect efficiency and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Lucas Ronconi is Professor of Economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires and research fellow at PEP and IZA. His research focuses on labor market institutions in developing countries. He has published extensively on labor informality and enforcement.


Webinars are online workshops that you can attend via the internet from your computer or portable internet device. This webinar will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. If you have not attended a Zoom webinar before, please read this guide to joining and participating as an attendee.

The event will be recorded to be distributed publicly afterwards. By registering for this event, you give your consent for this. The information you provide will be held on our database to process your booking. We do not share data with any third parties

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