The SMERU Research Institute hosted the 9thIndonesia Jobs Forum (FKK) on 24 July 2018. Chaired by Mrs. Dra. Rahma Iryanti, M.T (Expert Staff of the Minister of National Development Planning for Social Affairs and Poverty Reduction) and under the topic of structural transformation, the forum presented two resource persons, Dr. Asep Suryahadi (Director of SMERU) and Dr. Zulfan Tadjoeddin (Senior Lecturer of Western Sydney University).
On the occasion, Dr. Asep Suryahadi gave a presentation titled "Structural Transformation and the Release of Labor from Agriculture" which highlighted the study findings that people working in rural agriculture have a low probability of moving to other sectors, especially those located in urban areas. Dr. Zulfan Tadjoeddin, spoke on "Urbanization and Labor Productivity in Indonesia" and highlighted the fact that urbanization was linked to increased productivity resulting from higher wages.