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Background NoteCOVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic poses important risks for people’s health and economic wellbeing...COVID-19 Employment informal poor
BlogBeyond lockdown: rebuilding the social contract
Continued lockdown measures are straining the social contract between citizens and governments...social unrest lockdown measures lockdown policies
Working PaperUnequal expectations: Gender inequality in salary expectations of university students
Students’ expectations about their future wages are established in the literature as relevant determinants of the choices made for education progression and, at the university level, for the area and course to be studied...Inequality inequality decomposition Stratification
Working PaperAfrica’s lockdown dilemma: High poverty and low trust
The primary policy response to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in high-income countries has been to lock down large sections of the population...COVID-19 lockdown measures lockdown policies
Book ChapterDevelopment and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa
When it comes to reporting on Africa, the international news media has, over time, delivered very mixed messages. Yet there are still many who characterize sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as a region of hunger, economic crisis, and political unrest...Sub-Saharan Africa Economic development Transformation
Working PaperStructural transformation, openness, and productivity growth in sub-Saharan Africa
This paper examines the connections of structural change and economic openness to labour productivity growth using a panel data set of 41 countries in sub-Saharan Africa for the period 1991–2015...Sub-Saharan Africa Structural transformation Labour productivity
Working PaperInformal work in sub-Saharan Africa: Dead end or steppingstone?
Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labour markets of many low- and middle-income countries...Informality Labour market dynamics Sub-Saharan Africa
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 Livelihood assets
Book ChapterThe negotiated politics of social protection in East and Southern Africa Social assistance Politics Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperCompetitiveness and diversification of service exports in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of the East African Community
Growth in service exports has improved countries’ per capita incomes, reduced over-reliance on goods exports, and promoted economic diversification. However, the growth has not been uniform across regions and countries...Service exports Competitiveness diversification
SeminarJakob Svensson on the low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda
Jakob Svensson will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 16 October 2019. Abstract - The low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda Agriculture remains the main source of income for the large majority of the world’s poor...
Working PaperThe tax elasticity of formal work in African countries
A key policy problem in most developing countries is the size of the informal sector and its persistence over time...Developing countries Informality Labour supply
Journal ArticleFemale leaders and gender gaps within the firm : Evidence from three Sub‐Saharan African countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Female Autonomy and Women’s Welfarefemale managers gender gaps Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal ArticleA human rights-consistent approach to multidimensional welfare measurement applied to sub-Saharan Africa
The rights-based approach to development targets progress towards the realization of 30 articles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In current practice, progress is frequently measured using the multidimensional poverty index...first-order dominance Sub-Saharan Africa demographic and health survey
Journal ArticleThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...fiscal capacity intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal ArticleAssociations between key intervention coverage and child mortality: An analysis of 241 sub-national regions of sub-Saharan Africa
Reducing child mortality remains a key objective in the Sustainable Development Goals...Child mortality Health interventions Trend analysis