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– Transforming informal work and livelihoods in developing countries
Gary Fields, Tim Gindling, Kunal Sen, Michael Danquah, Simone Schotte - Oxford University Press, 2023

BOOK IN PRODUCTION, SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION IN 2023 | Using a range of countries from the Global South, this book examines heterogeneity within informal work by applying a common conceptual framework and empirical methodology. The country studies use panel data to study the...

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– Industrial aspirations and reverse labour migration
Alessandra Mezzadri, Kaustav Banerjee - Journal of South Asian Development, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated processes of labour transition from industrial work to the informal economy, which have always characterized the life of the working poor. This study explores this kind of reverse transition, that is, when the Lewisian dream of having an industrial job...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– A review of methods and evidence
Kasper Brandt - Journal of Economic Surveys, 0

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW  |  Illicit financial flows (IFFs) constitute a major challenge for development in low-income countries, as domestic resource mobilization is imperative for providing crucial public services. This study focuses exclusively on the economic dimension of...

– A perfect match coming true in sub-Saharan Africa
Josphat Machagua - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Financial technology (FinTech) is a major force disrupting the structure of financial services in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and enabling access of unbanked people to financial services. This will likely have a deep, positive impact on the volume of savings in African countries. In this blog, I...

– Rethinking how much parents’ investments and endowments influence children’s human capital in low- and middle-income countries
Jere R. Behrman - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

The measure of human capital —the economic value of one’s skills and experience— acknowledges that investments in people’s cognitive and emotional skills, and health and nutrition, increase their productivity. Beyond economic gains, human capital is widely considered...

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Martha Alter Chen - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Ela Ramesh Bhatt, the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, passed away on 2 November 2022. Known as the ‘gentle revolutionary’, Ela-ben (as she is affectionately known) is recognized around the world for her Gandhian values, visionary ideals,...

Prema-chandra Athukorala, Chaturica Athukorala - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

The influenza pandemic of 1918 (the Spanish Flu) is by far the greatest humanitarian disaster caused by an infectious disease in modern history. It infected over a quarter of the world’s population and killed over 50 million people. The brunt of the pandemic was borne by countries in the...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Jere R. Behrman - Cambridge University Press, 2022

This study reviews what we know about parental investments and children's human capital in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). First, it presents definitions and a simple analytical framework. Then discusses determinants of children's human capital in the form of cognitive skills,...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– A retrospective in the time of COVID-19
Prema-chandra Athukorala, Chaturica Athukorala - Cambridge University Press, 2022

The pandemic of 1918–20  — commonly known as the Spanish flu — infected over a quarter of the world's population and killed over fifty million people. It is by far the greatest humanitarian disaster caused by an infectious disease in modern history....

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– Evidence from Mozambican job-seekers
Sam Jones, Ricardo Santos - Journal of Development Economics, 2022

Forward-looking expectations are central to job search but often inaccurate. To test whether public information can help correct beliefs, we embed an experiment in a longitudinal survey of Mozambican graduates. We quantify responses of own-earning expectations to information about peers’...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Evidence from global microdata
Maria C. Lo Bue, Tu Thi Ngoc Le, Manuel Santos Silva, Kunal Sen - World Development, 2022

This study investigates gender inequality in vulnerable employment: forms of employment typically featuring high precariousness, inadequate earnings, and lack of decent working conditions. Using a large collection of harmonized household surveys from developing countries, we measure long-...

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– Comparing views from Rwandan and Burundian citizens
Bert Ingelaere, Réginas Ndayiragije, Marijke Verpoorten - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

The lack of political representation often lies at the origin of identity-based violence, and, when not resolved, can re-ignite violence. We study who perceives gains and losses in political representation in Rwanda and Burundi and why. We rely on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of...

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– Evidence from household panel data in Uganda
Lynda Pickbourn, Raymond Caraher, Léonce Ndikumana - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Empirical studies on the effectiveness of aid to the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector (WASH aid) have focused primarily on access to these services as the benchmark for evaluating the effectiveness of aid in this sector. Given the importance of WASH services for public health outcomes,...

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Rachael Calleja, Beata Cichocka - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper investigates whether the current effectiveness agenda—agreed during the 2011 Busan High Level Forum on Development Effectiveness—continues to define best practice in development amidst a rapidly changing development landscape. To do so, we surveyed officials from...

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Ali Compaoré, Roukiatou Nikièma, Rasmané Ouédraogo - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

While there is extensive literature examining the growth and development effects of foreign aid, very little attention has been paid to its potential impact on social mobility. Thus, this paper provides the first empirical evidence on the effects of foreign aid on intergenerational educational...

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– Command over tradables, non-tradables, and people
Paul Segal, Michail Moatsos - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses elite incomes around the world, and how international comparisons of elite incomes vary depending on the exchange rate and income concept used. It is well known that between-country income inequality is higher using market exchange rates than purchasing power parity (PPP)...

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