Truman G. Packard is a Lead Economist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice of the World Bank, currently working on labor market issues in Indonesia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Truman also leads the team producing a SPJ Practice White Paper “Protecting All: Risk Sharing for a Diverse and Diversifying World of Work”. His prior assignment was to lead the World Bank team that delivered the regional report “East Asia Pacific at Work: Employment, Enterprise and Wellbeing” in 2014. He also served on the teams that produced “Golden Growth: Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model” and “In From the Shadow: Integrating Europe’s Informal Labor”, published in 2012 and the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography". Truman led the World Bank's Human Development program in the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste, and has been part of teams delivering financial and knowledge-transfer services to governments in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Trained as a labor economist, Truman’s work has focused primarily on the impact of social insurance -including pensions, unemployment insurance, and health coverage- on household labor supply decisions, saving behavior and risk management. Truman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
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