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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
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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.
43 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogCan access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?
Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship...India Informality Entrepreneurship
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
BlogThe COVID-19 crisis, informal workers, and gender — understanding the intersections
The COVID-19 crisis — the pandemic, restrictions, and recession — has not been a grand leveler...Equality and inequality COVID-19 Gender
Journal ArticlePrecarization or protection?: The role of trade and labour policies on informality
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityBrazil Informality Trade
Journal ArticleInformality and firm performance in Myanmar
Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informalityFirms Informality Myanmar
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
Journal ArticleInformal work in sub-Saharan Africa: Dead end or stepping-stone?
Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labor markets of many low- and middle-income countries...Informality Labour market dynamics Sub-Saharan Africa
Book ChapterInformalities, volatility, and precarious social mobility in urban slums
From the book: Social mobility in developing countriesInformality Slums Social mobility
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...
BlogEthnic diversity and informal employment in Ghana
Informal activities are widespread in many developing countries. In many sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries informal economic activities account for more than one-third of economic output and more than two-thirds of employment...Ethnic diversity Inequalities Informality
BlogPrecarious employment for youth in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia
Youth (those aged 15–29) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face notoriously precarious employment prospects...Labour market outcomes Gender equality; Labour markets Informality
BlogPrecarization or protection? How labour policies influence the effects of globalization on informality
Globalization has generally coincided with a rise in work outside the formal economy, intensifying job precarization — when high-quality, formal jobs that entitle workers to benefits are replaced by jobs which may not comply with regulations an...Precarity Labour market outcomes Informality