Job Creation and Local Economic Development 2020: Rebuilding Better

Sponsored by OECD
Recorded on 12/15/2020

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on local labor markets and economies. Across regions, the share of jobs potentially at risk during confinement periods ranges from less than 15% to over 35%, but other long-term shifts will affect many other jobs.

This webinar will focus on how to address the local economic development impacts of COVID-19.  It will look at the issue of job losses and the need for the transitions of many workers—and firms—to new business models and sectors. The webinar will also explore how local development opportunities will change in the medium- and long-term, and how the pandemic has accelerated processes like digitalization and automation, or how it may cause migration to large cities to slow, given the rise in teleworking opportunities.

On December 15, join OECD iLibrary, the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme, and Choice/ACRL for a presentation by OECD local employment and skills expert Karen Maguire to discuss strategies that local and regional authorities can consider to boost local job creation and promote more inclusive and sustainable economic growth in 2021.

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    Karen Maguire

    Head of Division: Local Employment, Skills and Social InnovationOECD

    Karen Maguire is Head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division in the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. The Division provides data, policy analysis and capacity building to national and subnational governments in the areas of local economic development, local actions for employment and skills, entrepreneurship, the social economy and culture. Prior to that, she was a Senior Counsellor in the Centre and served for over a decade in the Regional Development Policy Division, covering a wide range of regional, urban and rural development issues. Prior to joining the OECD she worked in other policy research (The Urban Institute) and public finance banking (UBS) settings. She holds a BA in economics and sociology from the University of Chicago and an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.