A new social contract inclusive of informal workers
This paper makes the case that current social contracts are often inadequate, irrelevant, or unjust for informal workers. It outlines three possible future scenarios: the bad old contract, an even worse contract, and a better new contract. Under the...
The COVID-19 crisis and the South African informal economy
This paper seeks to identify the differentiated impacts of the crisis on specific groups of informal workers. The analysis draws on official nationally representative labour force surveys collected quarterly by South Africa’s national statistical...
COVID-19 and informal work
This paper presents findings from two rounds (2020 and 2021) of a study on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on informal workers in 11 cities across five regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and North America). The study...
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment
This paper provides a comparative summary of recent national statistics from five Latin American countries on employment losses and gains during the peak COVID-19 years compared with pre-pandemic levels. As part of its work on the impact of the...
Informal employment: what is missing from national economic recovery plans?
Throughout 2021, fiscal stimulus packages were introduced to jump-start the COVID-19 ‘post-pandemic’ economic recovery process. While calls for economic recovery packages that promise to ‘build back better’ have come from many directions, the under...
UNU-WIDER researchers join UNDESA 2022 virtual expert group meeting
During 27-30 June UNU-WIDER researchers, Michael Danquah and Simone Schotte join the expert group meeting hosted virtually by Division for Inclusive Social Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on Creating full and...
27 June 2022
30 June 2022
Kunal Sen delivers Valedictory address at the 63rd annual ISLE conference
The Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) hosts its 63rd Annual Conference in Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh 1–3 March 2023. On day three (3 March) of the conference, UNU-WIDER Director, Kunal Sen delivers the Valedictory...
3 March 2023
Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Kunal Sen at ILO: The good jobs challenge in developing countries
25 April 2023
International Labour Organization , Geneva, Switzerland
Michael Danquah presents at ODI workshop on inclusive, sustainable economic transformation
On 18 October Michael Danquah joins a workshop hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on Unpacking Informal Economy Heterogeneity: what role for informal value chains and sectors/sub-sectors in inclusive, sustainable economic...
18 October 2023
Decent work – discussion on working conditions in Helsinki and globally
How committed is Helsinki to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals? The discussion forum at the City Hall on Tuesday addressed one of the...
Climbing the job ladder
Most workers in developing countries work in the informal labour market Lower-tier informal work leads to a dead end in the countries in this study, with little opportunity to move up the job ladder While those in upper-tier informal work are the...