2. Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, and Economic Performance
Samir Radwan, from the Economic Research Forum, discussed quality of jobs in the Middle East and North Africa region. He commented on who takes bad jobs, how they hurt the economy, and the methods that attempted to raise job quality. Radwan asked if international labor standards are compatible with economic growth. Martin Rama, a World Bank Lead Economist, responded to Radwan with comments about segmentation within the informal sector. Rama discussed interventions to improve this state, including pension plans.
Audience members questioned the panel about private sector solutions, health impacts of poor jobs, and other quality issues.