UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
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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
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2018 Qualitative Study
The purpose of this report is to give a nuanced picture of the SME business environment in Myanmar as a complement to the 2017 MSME quantitative survey conducted within the project ‘ Towards Inclusive Development in Myanmar ’...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector
Working PaperFinancial disincentives to formal work: Evidence from Ecuador and Colombia
The aim of this paper is to quantify the financial cost that informal workers would incur in the event of entering formality, accounting for potential earnings gains upon entry...formalization Informal sector Informality
Book ChapterEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania's service sector
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Informal sector Economic growth
Working PaperWhy do household businesses in Vietnam stay informal?
Using unbalanced panel data from the small and medium enterprise surveys in Vietnam in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015, this paper investigates factors associated with informality in Vietnam...Formal and informal Informal sector Household business
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017: Descriptive Report
Myanmar’s transition to a market-based economy is accompanied by rapid development of the private manufacturing sector, which has large potential for improving economic growth...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector
Working PaperEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania’s service sector
Despite Tanzania’s rapid recent growth, the vast majority of employment creation has been in informal services. This paper addresses the role that different subsectors of formal and informal services have played in Tanzania’s growth...Services Informal sector Economic growth