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14 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor: Insights from the Hrishipara diaries
We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor in a semi-rural setting in Bangladesh...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Working PaperThe afterlife of industrial work: Urban-to-rural labour transitions from the factory to the informal economy
The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated processes of labour transition from industrial work to the informal economy, which have always characterized the life of the working poor...Feminist economics Political economy Social reproduction
BlogHelping the poor to survive lockdown
The Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project has been tracking the daily spending of 60 poor households in rural Bangladesh for the last six years...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
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 PaperThe legacy of conflict: aggregate evidence from Sierra Leone
This paper studies the general equilibrium impact of civil war in Sierra Leone. I first use an instrumental variable (IV) strategy and geographic conflict variation to estimate reduced-form effects...Conflict Livelihoods Structural transformation
Working PaperTowards sustainable livelihood in the Tanzanian informal economy: Facilitating inclusion, organization, and rights for street vendors
In spite of having some intensive national strategies to address poverty, Tanzania lacks a coherent national strategy to ensure sustainable livelihoods for those working in its informal economy, of which street vending is an important sector...Tanzania Livelihoods Informal sector
Working PaperThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor: Insights from the Hrishipara diaries
In this paper, we examine the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor. We use an unusually rich data set from a ‘financial diaries’ study known as the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Working PaperLong-run rural livelihood diversification in Kagera, Tanzania
What drives livelihood diversification among predominantly rural households in developing countries and how can welfare-enhancing patterns be established and sustained in the long run?...Income diversification Tanzania Livelihoods
Working PaperUganda’s nascent oil sector: Revenue generation, investor-stakeholder alignment, and public policy
This paper discusses the political economy of oil in Uganda since the announcement of its discovery in 2006. It focuses on the dynamics of oil revenue generation (pre-commercial production) and expenditure, investor-stakeholder contestation (i.e...Environment Livelihoods Oil
Working PaperInformality and work status
The most important determinant of households’ livelihoods is how much they earn for their labour...Informal work Work status Livelihoods
Working PaperTransforming informal work and livelihoods in China
The informal sector has long been viewed as a locus of the disadvantaged, unskilled, and inexperienced workers in under-developed and developing economies...China Informal sector Livelihoods
In the mediaIncome diversification in Sub-Saharan Africa – UNU-WIDER and UONGOZI Institute's research on Tanzanian television Income diversification Tanzania Livelihoods
Working PaperStructural poverty dynamics in urban South Africa: A mixed-methods investigation
This paper examines the extent and determinants of structural poverty dynamics in South Africa, focusing on the socio-economically disadvantaged urban African population...Poverty Social mobility Livelihoods