Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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88 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterDoes union membership pay off?: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamLabor unions Wages Small and medium enterprises
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...Labor unions Wages Small and medium enterprises
Journal ArticleOn the Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Formalisation: Panel Evidence from Vietnam
This paper analyses the consequences of formalisation on the performance of informal firms, using a panel dataset from Vietnam...Factor proportions Informal sector (Economics) Wages
Working PaperThe effects of minimum wage hikes on employment and wages in Vietmam’s micro, small, and medium enterprises
Very little is known about the extent to which wage and employment offsetting behaviours change by firm size to mitigate the detrimental effects of minimum wage regulation...Minimum wage Employment Wages
Journal ArticleStructural Transformation, Biased Technological Change and Employment in Vietnam
Employment in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia has grown more slowly than GDP over the last several decades. This means GDP per capita is rising...Economic development Economic growth Labor
Working PaperFirm-level determinants of earnings in the formal sector of the South African labour market
Labour market analysis in the South African context provides a relatively robust understanding of the individual characteristics that influence wage differentials across workers (i.e...Administrative data Tax Firm level analysis
Working PaperLabour demand and the distribution of wages in South African manufacturing exporters
This paper contributes to the understanding of the linkages between exporting, labour demand, and wages in South Africa...Exporters Firm-level analysis Labour demand