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Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER have established a secure research lab in the premises of URA. Want to do research using quality-assured administrative tax data? See the Request for Research Proposals
Annual Report 2021
We look back at our key achievements over 2021 and highlight our recent contributions to the data revolution, SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). Read more
Expert insights on Ukraine
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Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants
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Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
28 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
PresentationUNU-WIDER researchers join UNDESA 2022 virtual expert group meeting
During 27-30 June UNU-WIDER researchers, Michael Danquah and Simone Schotte join the expert group meeting hosted virtually by Division for Inclusive Social Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on Creating full and...
BlogConfronting low domestic savings in Africa
What are the linkages between national savings and sustainable economic growth? Why are there differences in the amounts of savings between different countries?...Informal work Developing countries Domestic savings
Working PaperA new social contract inclusive of informal workers
This paper makes the case that current social contracts are often inadequate, irrelevant, or unjust for informal workers. It outlines three possible future scenarios: the bad old contract, an even worse contract, and a better new contract...Informal work Informal economy Social contract
Working PaperFemale labour supply and informal employment in Ecuador
Low- and middle-income countries face a trade-off between raising tax revenue to strengthen social protection and creating incentives for the population to enter formal employment...Labour supply Informal work Tax-benefit policy
BlogWhat does ‘promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth’ mean for everyday life?
Erica stands under a rudimentary market stall in Accra, Ghana, selling fruits — she has done this every day for 10 years now...Informal work Economic Transformation Database
Journal ArticleInformality and pension reforms in Bolivia: The case of Renta Dignidad
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalitySocial protection Informal work Bolivia
Journal ArticleChoices and constraints: The nature of informal employment in urban Mexico
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityInformal work Labour market Labour market segmentation
Journal ArticleJob quality and labour market transitions: Evidence from Mexican informal and formal workers
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityInformal work job quality Labour market dynamics
Journal ArticleWhat sustains informality?
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityInformal work Labour market Informality
Journal ArticleEthnic diversity and informal work in Ghana
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityEthnic diversity Informal work Informality
Journal Special IssueWhat sustains informality
SPECIAL ISSUE IN PRODUCTION | The special issue contributes significantly to critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants, how informal firms can grow their business and productivity, and the effects of labour mar...Informal work Informality Labour market
Working PaperThe informal sector and the safety of female traders in Tanzania: A reflection of practices, policies, and legislation
This paper assesses the participation of female traders, safety factors, and existing policies and legislation in the informal sector in Tanzania...Informal sector female entrepreneurship Tanzania
Working PaperImproving young women’s working conditions in Tanzania’s urban food vending sector
In this paper, we investigate the working conditions of the young women working as assistants in the food vending sector in Tanzania using interviews and focus group discussions which are supplemented with quantitative survey...Tanzania Working conditions Food retailing
PresentationUNU-WIDER at WEAI Annual Conference
The 96th Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference takes place online across 27 June to 1 July. This year’s programme includes a session chaired by Tim Gindling , Climbing the job ladder? Informal and formal work in a...
Working PaperInformal employment or informal firms? Regulatory enforcement and the transformation of the informal sector
While there is general agreement that regulatory avoidance is an important part of firms’ decisions to produce in the informal sector, there is much less agreement on how regulation and enforcement affect firms’ decisions on, inter alia, ...Informal sector Regulation Spillovers