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Working PaperInformality, labour transitions, and the livelihoods of workers in Latin America
This paper studies the incidence and heterogeneity of labour informality in six Latin American countries—Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru...Informality Occupational turnover Education
Journal ArticleWage growth and inquality in urban China: 1988-2013
Part of Journal Special Issue Income inequalities and redistribution in ChinaWages Income inequality Wage growth
Working PaperMisinformed, mismatched, or misled?: Explaining the gap between expected and realized graduate earnings in Mozambique
Inaccurate expectations of future wages are found in many contexts. Yet, existing studies overwhelmingly refer to high-income countries, and there is little evidence regarding the sources of expectational errors...Job mismatch Mozambique Tracer study
Project workshopVirtual workshop on the changing nature of work and inequality
The changing nature of work and inequality project will hold a workshop online to discuss research in progress on 24-26 March via Zoom. The original workshop to be convened in Tunis, Tunisia has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Country-...
Book ChapterDoes union membership pay off?: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamLabour unions Wages Small and medium enterprises
Research BriefThe impact on jobs and earnings of offshoring in South Africa
The success of an economy’s manufacturing sector is often critical to economic growth and development...Offshoring Firm-level data Linked employer-employee data
Working PaperOffshoring within South African manufacturing firms: An analysis of the labour market effects
In South Africa, the manufacturing sector—important for growth and employment creation—has shown declining growth, poor productivity performance, decreased labour demand, and increased imports of intermediate goods (offshoring activities)...Offshoring Firm-level data Linked employer-employee data
BlogWhy are workers getting a smaller share of the cake in Mexico?
As with many other developed and emerging economies, in recent decades Mexico has experienced a long-term decline in the labour income share. In other words, wages have decreased compared with other sources of income such as capital income...Income inequality Earnings inequality Wages
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
Policy BriefEmployment expectations of university students in Mozambique: Results from a baseline survey
Before now, there has been no systematic study of the transition of university students as they finish their studies and enter the labour market...Employment Education Wages
ReportBaseline Survey on the School-to-Work Transitions of University Graduates in Mozambique
The survey on the School-to-Work Transitions of University Graduates in Mozambique aims to respond to the concerns of the Government of Mozambique and development partners with respect to youth employment in the country...Employment Education Wages
Journal ArticleThe Happy Farmer: Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being in Rural Vietnam
Using a unique survey data set this paper documents a positive effect of self-employment in farming on subjective well-being. This direct effect is only partly offset by negative, indirect effects working through income and other variables...Agriculture Job satisfaction Quality of life
Working PaperThe evolution and determination of earnings inequality in post-apartheid South Africa
In this paper we identify some of the drivers of changes in the distribution of earnings and earnings inequality in the South African labour market between 2000 and 2014...RIF Wages Income inequality
Working PaperDoes union membership pay off?: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs
In the absence of adequate institutional mechanisms, trade unions can potentially promote higher wages and other worker benefits, yet limited data availability means little is known about the effect unions have on individual earnings in developing ec...Labour unions Wages Small and medium enterprises