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163 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperInformal freelancers in the time of COVID-19: Insights from a digital matching platform in Mozambique
Despite the severe negative economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence from many contexts points to a surge in sales on online platforms, as well as shifts in the composition of demand...COVID-19 Shocks Mozambique
In the mediaReport on the impact of COVID-19 to Ghana’s labour market hits headlines
A new report from the Transforming informal work and livelihoods project has caught the attention of policy makers and media in Ghana. Researchers from UNU-WIDER and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of...COVID-19 Informal sector Ghana
SeminarNandera Mhando and Nasibu Mramba on improving young women’s working conditions in Tanzania’s urban food vending sector
Nandera Mhando and Nasibu Mramba gave a presentation on 14 April 2021, as part of the Sustainable development solutions for Tanzania – strengthening research to achieve SDGs project. The presentation was held as a webinar, in collaboration...
Working PaperWhat sustains informality?: A study of the interactions between formal- and informal-sector firms
We consider two vertical links between informal- and formal-sector firms and study their implications...Informal sector Income distribution Supply and demand
Working PaperThe gendered crisis: livelihoods and mental well-being in India during COVID-19
This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India...COVID-19 Informal sector Employment
Working PaperTowards sustainable livelihood in the Tanzanian informal economy: Facilitating inclusion, organization, and rights for street vendors
In spite of having some intensive national strategies to address poverty, Tanzania lacks a coherent national strategy to ensure sustainable livelihoods for those working in its informal economy, of which street vending is an important sector...Tanzania Livelihoods Informal sector
Working PaperJob quality and labour market transitions: Evidence from Mexican informal and formal workers
In this paper we analyse informal work in Mexico, which accounts for the majority of employment in the country and has grown over time...Informal work job quality Labour market dynamics
Working PaperTransforming informal work and livelihoods in China
The informal sector has long been viewed as a locus of the disadvantaged, unskilled, and inexperienced workers in under-developed and developing economies...China Informal sector Livelihoods
Working PaperFinance, gender, and entrepreneurship: India’s informal sector firms
How does informal economic activity respond to increased financial inclusion? Does it become more entrepreneurial?...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Working PaperProgress and stagnation in the livelihood of informal workers in an emerging economy: Long-term evidence from Indonesia
We use long-spanning individual longitudinal data to examine the long-term labour market outcomes of low-tier informal workers...Earnings Indonesia Informal sector
NewsUNU-WIDER joins major new research consortium analysing African cities Urban economics Informal sector Partnerships for Development
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2019: Descriptive Report
The 2019 descriptive report of the Myanmar Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Survey is the second quantitative report of the Myanmar Enterprises Monitoring System (MEMS) project...SMEs Informal sector Manufacturing
Book ChapterWhy do household businesses stay informal?
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamFormal and informal Informal sector Household business
Book ChapterHow important are management practices for the productivity of small and medium enterprises?
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamEntrepreneurship Informal sector Small and medium enterprises
Journal ArticleInformality and poverty in Ecuador
This paper uses national representative data from the Ecuadorian Family Expenditure survey to study the determinants of poverty and informality in the country, taking into account the two-way relationship between these two phenomena...Informal sector Poverty