The end of poverty postponed?
Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality. Blog by Andy Sumner, Chris Hoy, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez discusses their new research.
Africa’s lockdown dilemma: High poverty and low trust
There is growing unease that blindly replicating the COVID-19 policy responses of high-income countries might inflict irreparable damage to poor households and foment social unrest in developing countries. Read more
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COVID-19: macroeconomic dimensions in the developing world
The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global crisis. The task for economic policy is to help keep people alive, enterprises afloat, and households out of poverty.
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Journal Article: Tax-motivated transfer mispricing in South Africa - direct evidence using transaction data
This new Open Access article provides the first direct systematic evidence of profit shifting through transfer mispricing in a developing country.
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BlogThe labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women
With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020, 1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the wors...COVID-19 Gender inequality Labour force participation
NewsBaseline survey reveals challenges faced by vocational students in Mozambique Mozambique Education Labour market
NewsStudy reveals mismatch between qualifications and market needs in Mozambique
Tracer study suggests Mozambique’s economy is not generating enough demand for employees with a university-level education, and that students are often poorly aware of career paths and what different jobs require. First published in November 2019,...Mozambique Education Labour market
Working PaperLabour market polarization in South Africa: A decomposition analysis
There is evidence from developed countries that technical change affects not only the employment intensity of production, but also the occupational composition of employment...Decomposition Labour market Polarization
BlogA summer of learning: Takeaways from the first UNU-WIDER Summer School
As an applied economist working as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria, opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with peers can be few and far between...Labour market Household data Economic policy
Working PaperAre you what you consume?: Impact of food, soft drinks, and coffee on cognitive and non-cognitive test scores
Cognitive and non-cognitive tests are key factors in many aspects of economics, especially within labour market analysis...cognitive test non-cognitive test Measurement error
Working PaperOccupational choice of skilled workers in the presence of a large development sector: Evidence from Sierra Leone
Using data from Sierra Leone, I explore the role of cognitive ability in sorting across sectors and the importance of perceptions in the employment decision-making process...Development Employment Foreign aid
ConferenceTransformation Towards Better Jobs
Book ChapterMacroeconomic Perspective on Development
From the book: Asian TransformationsUnemployment Labour market State
Working PaperA 2016 social accounting matrix for South Africa with an occupationally disaggregated labour market representation
Examining the economy-wide consequences of South Africa following a similar trajectory of labour market polarization to the rest of the world requires an appropriate database for an economy-wide policy analysis framework...Social Accounting Matrix national accounts Supply table
LearningUNU-WIDER Summer School
UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at University of Cape Town (UCT), is holding the 2-week intensive UNU-WIDER Summer School on applied labour economics in Cape Town 18-29 November 2019.Database Labour market Quantitative research
ProjectUNU-WIDER Summer School
Theme: Current programmeCapacity building data Quantitative research
Working PaperWage growth and inequality in urban China: 1988–2013
We investigate the evolution of wage levels, wage inequality, and wage determinants among urban residents in China using China Household Income Project data from 1988, 1995, 2002, 2007, and 2013...Wages Income inequality Wage growth
Journal ArticleSocial norms and female labor participation in Brazil
Part of Journal Special Issue Female Autonomy and Women’s WelfareFemale labour force Gender gap Identity