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Jobs for a Globalizing World: World Bank Labor Market Policy Core Course

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March 30 - April 10, 2009  - Washington, DC, USA

“Jobs for a Globalizing World: Labor Market Policy” is a two week course offering a unique learning experience on how employment is being transformed in today's rapidly changing, globalizing environment. The course identifies key labor market challenges within the context of overall poverty reduction and other economic and social development goals, and explores what policy makers and others can do about them. It builds on the latest research findings by the World Bank and other academic and research institutions, as well as on practical lessons learned from country experiences.

The content of the course will focus specially on developing and transition countries. The course featured parallel sessions, focusing separately on labor issues in low-income and middle income countries. This structure allowed a more in-depth exploration of the policy options for each etting. Participants also presented and discussed challenging labor market issues in their own country, and work toward solutions with other participants and experts.


The course adopts a mix of learning methods, including presentations based on the latest World Bank knowledge, case studies of country reforms, team-based exercises, role-play, and hands-on experience with the latest modeling tools.   The course is taught by experts from the World Bank, top academic and research institutions, and other leading agencies. This course comprises five inter-related and complementary modules:

  • Understanding Labor Markets;
  • Creating Jobs: Investment Climate and Skills Development;
  • Balancing Flexibility and Security: Labor Market Institutions; 
  • Supporting Workers: Active and Passive Labor Market Policies;  Labor Market Challenges.

For more information, please contact

  • Ms. Nene Mane 
    Fax: 1-202-676-0961
    Address: World Bank Institute,
    1818 H Street, N.W.,
    Washington DC, 20433, USA

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Last updated: 2009-04-29

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