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Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal Article
Does the depth of informality influence welfare in urban sub-Saharan Africa?

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | We explore the relationship between household welfare and informality, measuring household informality as the share of members’ activities (hours worked or income) without social insurance...

Informality Measurement Poverty
Working Paper
A fiscal approach to the social contract in sub-Saharan African countries: Looking for opportunities to strengthen trust in government and tax compliance by analysing citizens' perception of governance

The COVID-19 pandemic showed that many developing countries could not respond effectively to crises due to their limited capacity to diversify their social protection responses...

Tax compliance Governance Sub-Saharan Africa
Working Paper
The effects of taxation on income inequality in sub-Saharan Africa

This paper investigates the effects of taxation on income inequality in an unbalanced panel of 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa over the period 1980–2018...

Income inequality Taxation Regression analysis
Working Paper
Fintech in sub-Saharan Africa

This paper traces the development of fintech in sub-Saharan Africa, its evolution over time, and the unfolding benefits attained at each stage of its adoption and market evolution...

Fintech Financial inclusion Saving
Working Paper
Pension funds in sub-Saharan Africa

The population structure the world over is going through a demographic shift, and the elderly proportion is projected to increase with population growth...

Elderly care Pensions Saving
Working Paper
Incorporating informal workers into social insurance in Tanzania

Expansion of social protection reach among workers in the large informal economy represents a persisting and thorny challenge in the development context...

Informal sector Tanzania Social policy
Research Brief
Are women’s labour force participation rates improving in sub-Saharan Africa?

Several sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have achieved substantial economic growth in the past 30 years. Likewise, access to education has considerably expanded, as reflected in rising enrolment rates for both men and women...

Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
Working Paper
Financial liberalization and its implications for private savings in sub-Saharan Africa

This paper employs data from 103 developing countries between 1981 and 2012 to examine the determinants of private savings in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with a focus on the effect of financial liberalization on private savings...

Developing countries Financial liberalization Saving
Journal Article
Female labor force participation in sub-Saharan Africa: A cohort analysis

Female labor force participation rates have been stagnating despite rising female education in sub-Saharan Africa since the turn of the millennium...

Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
Working Paper
Weathering shocks: the effects of weather shocks on farm input use in sub-Saharan Africa

There has been much discussion on climate change and its adverse effects on agriculture, including excessive loss of food production...

Farm inputs Agriculture Climate change
Journal Article
Does connectivity reduce gender gaps in off-farm employment?: Evidence from 12 low- and middle income countries

Gender gaps in labor force participation in developing countries persist despite income growth or structural change. We assess this persistence across economic geographies within countries, focusing on youth employment in off-farm wage jobs...

Gender gap Youth Employment
Journal Article
Do gifts buy votes?: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

Elections vote-buying Sub-Saharan Africa
The pandemic and Africa's social safety net

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that African tax and social-benefit systems are currently ill-equipped to protect households from sudden income losses...

Tax-benefit microsimulation SOUTHMOD Sub-Saharan Africa
Efforts to protect the poor during COVID: How five African countries fared

The number of people living in poverty around the world is estimated to have increased by half a billion people due to the COVID-19 crisis...

COVID-19 Sub-Saharan Africa Tax-benefit policy
Journal Article
Informal 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
Working Paper
Fiscal states in sub-Saharan Africa: conceptualization and empirical trends

This paper contributes to the debate on domestic revenue mobilization and state-building in the Global South by asking whether there are fiscal states in sub-Saharan Africa...

Fiscal states Sub-Saharan Africa Taxation
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