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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
BlogOver 2 billion workers globally are informal — what should we do about it?
Informality is a pervasive phenomenon in the labour markets of developing countries. Two billion workers, representing 61.2 per cent of the world’s employed population, are in informal employment ...Informal poor Labour market outcomes Equality and inequality
BlogBetter measures of informality can improve poverty reduction policy
In a recent study , my co-authors and I propose a new way to measure informality by household, rather than by individual worker...Informality Labour rights Labour market outcomes
Journal ArticleDuration of pre-university education and labour market outcomes: Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Ghana
This study provides new evidence on the effect of shortening the duration of pre‐university education on long‐term labour market outcomes in Ghana, exploiting the education reform of 1987 as a natural experiment...Years of education Labour market Labour market outcomes
Working PaperDuration of pre-university education and labour market outcomes: Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Ghana
This paper provides new evidence on the causal effect of shortening the duration of pre-university education on long-term labour market outcomes in Ghana...Years of education Labour market Labour market outcomes