IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population, Poverty and Inequality Conference

Image: Anda David

SALDRU’s Murray Leibbrandt co-Chairs the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population, Poverty and Inequality together with Jocelyn Findlay of Harvard University. From 27-29 June 2019 the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan played host to a large international conference organized by this Scientific Panel. The ISR’s Director, David Lam, is the IUSSP Council’s Liaison to the Scientific Panel and a SALDRU Research Affiliate. The conference featured over 80 researchers from a wide range of countries presenting research analysing the interaction of population with poverty and inequality in low-income and middle-income countries. Participants included economists, demographers, economic demographers, sociologists, and researchers from other related disciplines.

The conference programme included keynote addresses by Duncan Thomas of Duke University on Shocks: Disasters and the study of population, poverty and inequality and Seema Jayachandran of Northwestern University on Economic Development and Gender Equality: Exceptions to the Rule as well as a panel of eminent policy researchers addressing the issue of “From research to policy: influencing decisionmakers”. Their sessions were livestreamed and are available for viewing at:


The conference papers are available at this site too. There was strong ACEIR participation at the conference presence with involvement from Nkechi Owoo, Robert Osei and Monica Lambon-Quayefio from the University of Ghana’s ACEIR node, Rocco Zizzamia and Murray Leibbrandt from the SALDRU and the UCT node and Anda David ACEIR’s partner from Agence française de développement (AFD).

Rocco Zizzamia presented joint work with Murray Leibbrandt and David Lam. The topic of the presentation was: “The role of demographic and income events in poverty dynamics: Evidence on the impact of births using South African panel data”. See a tweet about the presentation.