Policy Focus

Policy Outreach and Engagements

Investments on Transport Infrastructure

September 24th, 2015
Policy note: Based on the article “Transport Infrastructure, Urbanization and Shipping Costs: An analysis of the effects of an exogenous transport cost reduction on regional development”.
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Workshop in Bolivia on “Trade and Labor Market Informality”

July 3rd, 2015
On July 3, 2015, the Fond National Suisse, Université de Genève, the School of Economics at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and CIESS-Econométrica collaborated to host a workshop on “Informal Work and Trade” La Paz, Bolivia. The all-day event brought together 47 particiipants, including five former ministers of state, two former presidents of the Central Bank, vice-ministers, the Swiss Ambassador to Bolivia, researchers, university professors together, and the university’s elected representatives.
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WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2014: “Why trade matters to everyone”


October 3rd, 2014
Marcelo Olarreaga participated in the session “Can trade benefit all?” organized by the International Trade Union Confederation.

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International Labor Organization

September 4th, 2014.
Meeting with Ms. Sandra Polaski (Deputy Director-General for Policy) and Mr David Cheong (Chief Technical Adviser). During the meeting it was discussed which questions related to trade and labor were of most concern for the ILO’s member countries as well as the approaches the ILO has taken to address these questions. Ms Polaski agreed to participate in the Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group of the research program. The research program offered technical assistance in the implementation of the “Effects of Trade on Employment (ETE) Project”. A joint policy workshop was agreed for September 2015.


103rd Session of the International Labor Conference

June 11th, 2014
The “Trade and Labor Market Outcomes in Development Countries” jointly with the r4d project “Employment Effects of Different Development Policy Instruments” invited (invitation letter) delegates from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa and Vietnam, as well as ILO representatives to participate in an informative session on the r4d module “Employment in the context of sustainable development”. A flyer (Flyer Project) of the project was distributed among the participants in the event. The African Center for Economic Transformation followed up with the Ghanaian delegates who participated in the meeting.


Trade and Labor Market Outcomes in Developing Countries Launch Workshop

April 25th, 2014
University of Geneva. Switzerland.
Representatives from ILO, UNCTAD, and WTO were invited to the Launch Workshop of the project. The feedback from the stakeholders is summarized here (Notes Policy Panel)