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BookThe Job Ladder: Transforming informal work and livelihoods in developing countries
BOOK IN PRODUCTION, SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION IN 2023 | Using a range of countries from the Global South, this book examines heterogeneity within informal work by applying a common conceptual framework and empirical methodology...Informal work Work status Global south
PresentationUNU-WIDER hosts special session at the AERC biannual research workshop on ‘The job ladder’
As part of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) biannual research workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, UNU-WIDER coordinates a special session on the forthcoming book The job ladder: Transforming informal work and livelihoods in developing...
Working PaperIncorporating informal workers into social insurance in Tanzania
Expansion of social protection reach among workers in the large informal economy represents a persisting and thorny challenge in the development context...Informal sector Tanzania Social policy
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
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 market regulations and social ins...Informal work Informality Labour market
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
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