DEC Seminar: How Shall We Respond to the Changing Nature of Work?

Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. New ways of production are adopted, markets expand, and societies evolve. But some changes provoke more attention than others, in part due to the vast uncertainty involved in making predictions about the future. The 2019 World Development Report Draft... view more


World Development Report (WDR) 2019 Director Federica Saliola provides a brief overview of the main messages of the report. In this bite-sized video, Federica discusses developing countries with most relevant cases to the changing nature of work in addition to highlighting technology changes that are disrupting the nature of firms.


Federica Saliola highlights that irrespective of technology progress, markets in emerging economies remain largely informal. In this bite-sized video, Federica underscores the importance of human capital foundations created in early childhood while drawing attention towards life-long learning among adults.


In this bite-sized video, Federica Saliola highlights the importance of protecting people and not jobs. She also discusses minimum social assistance and minimum insurance to subsidize for the poor.


In this bite-sized video, World Development Report (WDR) 2019 Director Simeon Djankov responds to Q&A (part 1) about universal basic income, digital payment systems and human capital index measurement.


In this bite-sized video, Simeon Djankov responds to Q&A (part 2) about the pace of technology impacting jobs and taxing multi-national digital platforms.


In this bite-sized video, Simeon Djankov responds to Q&A (part 3) about the implications of innovations in conducting and presenting the World Development Report 2018.

About the Presenters

Simeon Djankov

Simeon Djankov, Director of the World Development Report (WDR) 2019, was deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Djankov was chief economist of the finance and private sector vice presidency of the World Bank. In his 15 years at the Bank, he worked on regional trade agreements in North Africa, enterprise restructuring and privatization in transition economies, corporate governance in East Asia, and regulatory reforms around the world. He is the founder of the World Bank's Doing Business project. Djankov was previously director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, rector of the New Economic School in Russia and a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Federica Saliola

Federica Saliola , Director of the World Development Report (WDR) 2019, is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Prior to this position, she was a Manager in the Development Economics Global Indicators Group. In that role, she was responsible for developing global programs that measure the business-enabling environment across a number of thematic areas, including agriculture, skills, Information and Communication technology (ICT) and public procurement. Under her intellectual leadership, eight World Bank global reports have been published during the past four years, including Enabling the Business of Agriculture and Procuring Infrastructure PPPs.