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World Development Report 2013: Jobs
Martin Rama

Martin Rama

Director

Kathleen Beegle

Kathleen Beegle

Deputy Director

Jesko S. Hentschel

Jesko S. Hentschel

Deputy Director

Thomas Bowen

Thomas Bowen

Research Analyst

Samuel Freije

Samuel Freije

Core Team

Samuel Freije

Virgilio Galdo

Research Analyst

Sonia Joseph

Sonia Joseph

Production Team

María Inés Berniell

Yue Li

Core Team

Jimena Luna

Jimena Luna

Research Analyst

Cathrine Machingauta

Cathrine Machingauta

Research Analyst

Brónagh Murphy

Brónagh Murphy

Production Team

Carolina Sanchez

Keijiro Otsuka

Core Team

Daniel Palazov

Daniel Palazov

Research Analyst

Dena Ringold

Dena Ringold

Core Team

Anca Bogdana Rusu

Anca Bogdana Rusu

Research Analyst

Junko Sekine

Junko Sekine

Research Analyst

Mihaela Stangu

Mihaela Stangu

Production Team

Alexander Skinner

Alexander Skinner

Research Analyst

Jason Victor

Jason Victor

Production Team

Cecile Wodon

Cecile Wodon

Production Team

Martin RamaMartin Rama

Director, 2013 World Development Report, the world bank

His previous assignments include a one-year spell with the Chief Economist office in South Asia region, and from July to December 2010 he served as the acting regional Chief Economist.

Over the previous eight years Martin was the Lead Economist for Vietnam. In this capacity, he oversaw the analytical program of the World Bank in areas related to economic policy and poverty reduction. His tasks included the preparation of the annual Vietnam Development Reports. He was also the focal person in the policy dialogue with government in relation to economic reforms, and led a series of annual policy lending operations co-financed by a dozen donors. During this eight-year period, Vietnam went from HIPC graduation to IBRD borrowing, while delivering a strong performance in terms of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

Prior to moving to operations, Martin spent ten years with the research department of the Bank, mainly stationed in DC, but providing cross-support to a large number of developing countries. The main focus of his work was on labor issues. He co-managed a large research program on the impact of labor market policies and institutions on economic performance. He was also responsible for a major research initiative on public sector downsizing and served as a member of the Social Protection Board of the Bank. His research activities led to numerous publications in academic journals.

Martin Rama gained his Ph.D. in macroeconomics in France in 1985. In his home country Uruguay, he worked in CINVE, the country's largest think tank, and became one of its directors. In parallel with his World Bank duties, he was visiting professor in development economics at the University of Paris until 2005.

Kathleen BeegleKathleen Beegle

Deputy Director, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Kathleen is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Poverty and Inequality team). Her research interests include the study of poverty dynamics, the socio-economic dimensions of economic shocks, the causes and consequences of child labor, and methodological studies on household survey data collection including measuring labor in low-income settings. She has worked extensively with household panel surveys. As member of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, Kathleen has expertise in the design and implementation of household survey operations by national statistical agencies, and use of household surveys for poverty and policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and worked at RAND before joining the World Bank.

Jesko S. HentschelJesko S. Hentschel

Deputy Director, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Jesko, a German national from Hamburg, joined the World Bank almost twenty years ago and has, during various assignments with the Bank, focused on poverty reduction and human development. His analytical work has focused especially on examining existing barriers for poverty reduction and on public policy design that reaches and is relevant for the poorest. Jesko lived and worked for the World Bank in Turkey, Argentina and Madagascar, holding positions as lead economist and human development coordinator. During a sabbatical from the Bank, Jesko consulted with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Department for International Development (UK) and several UN organizations. He was also a lecturer in development economics at the University of Potsdam (Germany). Jesko has published books and articles on the combination of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, poverty measurement, equity and employment. He holds graduate degrees in social policy, as well as agricultural and international economics from the London School of Economics, the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the University of Konstanz (Germany).

Gordon BetchermanGordon Betcherman

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Gordon Betcherman is a Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, with a cross-appointment in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is also the Director of the School of International Development’s PhD program. Dr. Betcherman’s research interests are in labour economics, demography, social policy, and the economics of development. He has recently co-authored two World Bank flagship publications, More and Better Jobs in South Asia and the 2013 World Development Report on Jobs. Dr. Betcherman joined the University of Ottawa after 11 years at the World Bank in Washington where he most recently was Sector Manager and Lead Economist in the Human Development Sector, Europe and Central Asia Region. He holds a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Thomas BowenThomas Bowen

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Tom is a Research Analyst with the 2013 World Development Report on Jobs. Before joining the WDR team in January, 2012, he had worked at the British Council and the British Embassy, Washington DC. He has also held several research assistant positions involving economic, political, and social analysis of regions including Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. He holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), having studied at their Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC campuses. He also holds an M.A. in economic and social history from the University of Glasgow, where he received distinction for his dissertation on European economic integration. Prior to tertiary education, Tom also spent his a year in China, teaching English as a foreign language.

Samuel FreijeSamuel Freije

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Sam is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector. He joined the World Bank in 2008. His main areas of interest include labor economics, distributional analysis, and welfare impacts of public policy. He has participated in World Bank studies on labor markets, poverty, equality of opportunities and distributive impact of tax policy for several Latin American countries.  He has published articles in refereed journals on income mobility, program evaluation and labor market issues. Currently Sam is associate editor of Economia, the Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, LACEA. Sam has a PhD in Labor Economics from Cornell University.

Prior to joining the Bank Sam was an Associate Professor in Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico and Associate Professor at IESA in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2007 he was part of a multidisciplinary team under the coordination of the Mexican Institute for Public Health preparing the evaluation of the “Oportunidades” social development program. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a member of the Scientific Referee Committe of the Fondo Sectorial de Investigación para el Desarrollo Social of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) in Mexico.

Samuel FreijeVirgilio Galdo

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Before joining the WDR team, Virgilio worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. Previously, he worked as a consultant in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) where he focused on issues related to the impact evaluation of social programs. He was also a research fellow in the Research Department at the IADB where he worked on issues related to institutional economics, privatization, information technologies and labor retrenchment. Prior to joining the IADB, he worked as assistant researcher at the Grupo de Analysis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) in his native Peru. Virgilio’s work has been published in academic journals such Economica, Labour and Information Economics and Policy. He is a PhD candidate from Syracuse University. He holds a Master in Economics from Michigan State University and a BA in Economics from Catholic University of Peru.

Sonia JosephSonia Joseph

production team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Sonia Joseph is the Resource Management Assistant handling budgets for the World Development Reports, along with the Budget Officer. She has been with the WDR unit for 4 years. Prior to joining the WDR team in HQ she worked in the Bank’s New Delhi country office.

Yue LiYue Li

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Yue Li joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2010. Prior to assuming her current assignment on the World Development team, Yue worked on the country teams of Tanzania and Ethiopia, taking the lead on studies examining services sector development and supply chains.  She also participated in policy-lending related operations. Yue worked as a consultant in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank and as an intern in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research interests include foreign direct investment and trade, and investment climate analyses to pinpoint constraints for firm growth and job creation. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University, a Master's degrees in Economics and Political Science from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor's degree from Peking University, China.

Jimena LunaJimena Luna

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Jimena is a Research Analyst with the Development Economics and Chief Economist’s office.  Before joining the WDR 2013 team, she worked on lending operations with the World Bank's Human Development Department in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Previously, she worked in the Development Research Group on the innovative and technological capabilities of East Asian economies and university-industry linkages in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also worked in the Africa region with Indian Ocean countries. Formerly, Jimena was an Economist working on health equity studies at the Pan American Health Organization/WHO. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Aix-Marseille II (France) where she holds an M.A. in International Economics and has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University (USA).

Cathrine MachingautaCathrine Machingauta

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Cathrine Machingauta is a Research Analyst for the World Development Report on Jobs. Before joining the WDR team, she worked on HIV related issues for the World Bank Global AIDS Program, UNAIDS, and the Development Research Group. While working for UNAIDS, Cathrine was part of a team of consultants that wrote the HIV Monitoring, Evaluation and Strategic Information Curriculum for Countries with Generalized and Hyper-endemic HIV Epidemics. In addition to HIV related work, Cathrine also studied development policy and contemporary issues affecting developing countries including unemployment and poverty. Utilizing her academic and developing country experience, she contributed towards an official development assistance strategy document focused on fragile states, for the Foundation of Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) in Tokyo Japan. Cathrine holds a Master of Arts International Development Studies from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo Japan, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. She enjoys meeting and working with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Claudio E. MontenegroClaudio E. Montenegro

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Claudio, a Chilean national, is an economist and statistician with the World Bank's Development Research Group. He has held positions at the University of Chile in Santiago (where he currently is an Ad-joint Professor), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Chile, a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Masters of Science in Statistics from George Washington University. His research interests are labor economics, international trade, poverty, and applied statistical methods. His research on topics as diverse as trade, labor, economic freedom, water accessibility, econometrics, etc., has been published in academic journals and several books. He has been a contributor to several World Development Reports and also to several Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Program.

Brónagh MurphyBrónagh Murphy

Production team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Brónagh Murphy has been the Senior Program Assistant for the office of World Development Report since 2009.  She coordinates and provides technical and logistical support in the planning, production, and launch of the Report.  Brónagh has also worked in the World Bank Institute, the Quality Assurance Group, and the Bank's Africa Region.

Keijiro OtsukaKeijiro Otsuka

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Kei Otsuka is a professor of development economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He is joining the WDR team for 10 months on leave from Japan.  Kei is an adviser to the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) organized by JICA and AGRA and participated by the World Bank, FAO, USAID, and IRRI among others. The aim of CARD is to double rice production in SSA between 2008 and 2018. He is also adviser to JICA's KAIZEN management program in Ethiopia, which began in response to the request of Prime Minister Meles who read earlier studies by Otsuka and his colleagues.  Kei earned Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1979. He has been working on both agricultural development and industrial development in both Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Formerly he was chairman of the board of trustees of the International Rice Research Institute, and currently President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He has published nearly 100 articles in refereed journals. He is also coauthor or coeditor of 17 books. Currently he is the associate editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change and Environment and Development Economics.

Daniel PalazovDaniel Palazov

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Daniel is a Research Analyst with the World Development Report for 2013. Prior to joining the WDR team, he worked at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) and the Political and Development Section of the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC. Daniel’s research experience includes working with household surveys examining the effect of social capital on labor force participation. His other topics of interest include financial sector reform, private sector development and European economic integration. Daniel holds an M.A. in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Dena RingoldDena Ringold

Core team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Dena Ringold is a Senior Economist with fifteen years experience working in Human Development at the World Bank. Her research interests include social inclusion of minorities, safety nets, and governance. Prior to joining the WDR team Dena worked in the Office of the Chief Economist for Human Development. Dena began her career at the Bank in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region, where she worked on operations and analytical programs with a focus on social protection and local service delivery in Central and Southeast Europe. While in ECA she helped to initiate the Bank's first qualitative and quantitative analyses of the Roma minority and helped to set up the Roma Education Fund. She has also worked on social protection in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region. In 2005, Dena was an Ian Axford Fellow in public policy based at the Ministry of Maori Development in Wellington, New Zealand. She holds an MSc in economics and government from the London School of Economics and a BA in history and political science from Swarthmore College.

Anca Bogdana RusuAnca Bogdana Rusu

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Anca Bogdana Rusu is a Research Analyst with the Development Economics Group. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University (USA) and a B.A. in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies (Romania). During her studies at Georgetown Public Policy Institute Anca worked as Teaching Assistant for graduate level microeconomics and Research Assistant, focusing on the interconnectivity of labor markets in the South African Development Community.

Before joining the WDR 2013 team she focused on issues related to government expenditure transparency and open data access in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has also worked with the Moldova country team on the Country Economic Memorandum on firm productivity, investment climate and competition. 

In Romania Anca worked as Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Group of Applied Economics (GEA). At GEA she was in charge of World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report among other projects. 

Junko SekineJunko Sekine

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Junko Sekine is a Research Analyst in the WDR team. Before this endeavor, she was a consultant in Macroeconomics and Growth Unit in World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG) working on macroeconomics issues related to global imbalances, global crisis and economic growth and FDIs. Previously, Junko was a credit analyst in private banking sector in Tokyo, Japan where she worked on quantitative analysis of structured products and research on credit markets. Junko holds a PhD in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University (USA) and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Science University of Tokyo (Japan).

Mihaela StanguMihaela Stangu

Production team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Mihaela Stangu is a Team Assistant with the office of World Development Report at the World Bank, providing logistical and technical support from planning to production stages. She is the Transaction Processor for the unit handling consultant contracts and processing payments in SAP in addition to providing administrative support to the team. She has been with the Bank for 4 years.

Alexander SkinnerAlexander Skinner

Research Analyst, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Alexander is a Research Analyst with the World Development report on Jobs and Development. Before joining the WDR, he worked as an associate for SIDAR Global Advisors, a strategic advisory company, where he composed daily and weekly analysis pieces on Eurasia issues and conducted research on improving trade links between Turkey and the United States. Previously, Alexander worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), where he compiled a report on renewable energy potential in Laos and at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where he did research on the legal structures of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tanzania concerning susceptibility to money laundering. He holds an M.A. in Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Modern History and International Relations from St. Andrews University.

Jason VictorJason Victor

Production team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Jason Victor is a Program Assistant with the office of World Development Report at the World Bank. He provides technical and logistical support in the planning, production, and launch of the Report. Jason has been with the Bank for 12 years and has worked on 9 previous WDRs. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering.

Cecile WodonCecile Wodon

Production team, 2013 World Development Report, The World Bank

Cecile Wodon has been a Program Assistant for the office of the World Development Report since 2010. She provides technical and logistical support in the planning, production, and launch of the Report. Cecile has been in the Bank since 1997.