The workshop was an initial event for two collaborative projects of BIGD funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The projects aim to study the formal and informal labor market nexus and growth, and the effects of disinvestment in public sector enterprises in countries in South-East Asia, including Bangladesh. The workshop solicited inputs from academics, researchers and policy-makers to shape the direction of the research so that it can be most useful and relevant to policy-makers and others concerned with labor markets and industrial policy. The Research team includes researchers Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Head of Research, BIGD and Dr. Farzana Munshi, Associate Professor, Department of Economic and Social Sciences, BRAC University; Dr. Krishna Kumar, Dr. Shanthi Nataraj and Dr. Italo Gutierrez from RAND (USA); and Dr. Amalavoyal Chari from the University of Sussex.

Prof. M. A. Sattar Mandal from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Prof. Mustafizur Rahman from CPD, Prof. Selim Raihan from Dhaka University, Ms. Simeen Mahmud from BIGD, Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman from BIDS, Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique from BIDS and Dr. Nazneen Ahmed from BIDS attended the workshop as panellists.

Among others, the workshop was attended by leading academics, scholars, experts, civil society members and policy makers from different public, private, corporate organisations and representatives from trade unions.