Conference on Work and Well-being in the 21st Century Gender Links Cottages, Johannesburg, South Africa, 5 - 7 April 2019.

International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) is organizing a conference over two and a half days during 5-7 April 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The first day of the conference will look specifically at issues of women’s work. The initial set of discussions will be on a set of papers resulting from a research project on “The gender implications of formalizing the informal economy”, based on a grant from Open Society Foundations, with case studies of Ghana, India, Morocco, South Africa and Thailand. The results of these studies will be presented at the conference. This will be followed by a panel discussion on emerging issues in work and well-being in South Africa.

The second and third days will be focused on issues of inequality, labour markets and macroeconomics of employment generation.

The overall theme of the conference is “Work and well-being in the 21st century”.

Proceedings of the conference will be web streamed live on the IDEAs Facebook Page.


Conference Programme

(All timings are in South African Standard Time (GMT+2)

Friday 5 April

9.00 to 9.15 am: Welcome and Introduction

Hameda Deedat

C. P. Chandrasekhar

9.15 to 10.15 am: Inaugural Lecture

Chair: Robin Varghese

Jomo Kwame Sundaram: The new phase of financialisation

10.15 am to 11.30 am: Gender Implications of Formalising Informal Work – I

Chair: Sarah Hewitt

Jayati Ghosh: Overview (Download Presentation)

Yong Yoon: Thailand (Download Presentation)

11.30 to 11.45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11.45 am to 1.15 pm: Gender Implications of Formalising Informal Work – II

Chair: Michael Nassen-Smith

Hameda Deedat: South Africa (Download Presentation)

C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh: India (Download Presentation)

1.15 to 2.30 pm: Lunch Break

2.30 to 4.00 pm: Gender Implications of Formalising Informal Work – III

Chair: Erinc Yeldan

Mouna Cherkaoui: Morocco (Download Presentation)

Dzodzi Tsikata and Promise Eweh : Ghana (Download Presentation)

4.00 to 4.15 pm: Tea/Coffee Break

4.15 to 6.15 pm: Work and Well-being in South Africa

Chair: Saul Levin


Salimah Valiani

Neil Coleman (Download Presentation)

Patricia Nyman

Pinky Mashiane

Saturday 6 April

9.00 to 10.30 am: Inequality: Past and Future Concerns

Chair: Ebrima Sall

Alicia Puyana: A historical view of inequality in Latin America (Download Presentation)

Terry McKinley: Fourth industrial revolution and the implications for inequality (Download Presentation)

10.30 to 10.45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

10.45 am to 12.15 pm: Expressions of Inequality

Chair: Nicolas Pons-Vignon

Erinc Yeldan: Segmentation and fragmentation of labour markets (Download Presentation)

Wei Zhang: Health inequalities by social class in contemporary China (Download Presentation)

12.30 t (Download Presentation)o 1.45 pm: Lunch Break

1.45 to 3.45 pm: Panel on the Causes and Consequences of Inequality

Chair: Seeraj Mohamed


Vikas Rawal (Download Presentation)

Basani Baloyi

Ebrima Sall

Edward Webster (Download Presentation)

3.45 to 4.00 pm: Tea/Coffee Break

4.00 to 5.30 pm: Keynote Lecture

Chair: Rasigan Maharaj

Jan Kregal: Evolution of global financial markets since the global financial crisis (Download Presentation)

Sunday 7 April

9.00 to 10.30 am: Macroeconomic Perspectives on Employment Generation

Chair: Fiona Tregenna

Esteban Perez: Macroeconomics of wage-led growth (Download Presentation)

Gilad Isaacs: Macroeconomic policy for development and decent work (Download Presentation)

10.30 to 10.45 am: Tea/Coffee Break

10.45 am to 12.30 pm: Panel on Progressive Economic Policies to Address Cross-cutting Inequalities

Chair: C. P. Chandrasekhar


Gyekye Tanoh

Riaz Tayob

Lebohang Liepollo Pheko

Pinky Mashiane

12.30 to 1.45 pm: Lunch Break

1.45 to 3.45 pm: Panel on Future Research and Policy Agenda

Chair: Jan Kregel


Siyaduma Biniza

Robin Varghese

Erika Kraemer Mbula

Ebrima Sall

Terry McKinley

3.45 to 4.00 pm: Vote of thanks

Jayati Ghosh