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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...

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Siwan Anderson, Patrick Francois, Dominic Rohner, Rogerio Santarrosa - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Political violence is a worldwide problem that has been on the rise over the past decade. The international dimension of domestic repression and dissent is a particularly relevant factor yet surprisingly understudied. In particular, governments that heavily depend on foreign aid may crack down...

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James McKeown - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This study posits that pandemics should be regarded as complex, open-ended phenomena that cannot be reduced to biology and epidemiology. The research assesses Ghana’s effectiveness in governing the COVID-19 pandemic contrary to apocalyptic predictions. This paper critiques Ghana’s...

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– The reconstruction of gender relations in post-conflict Liberia
Augustine T. Larmin, Daniel K. Banini - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This research project traces how women’s participation in the Liberian civil wars, as combatants and peace agents, reconstructs gender relations in the post-civil war context. The current literature examines the role of women in the governance of rebel groups, emphasizing how women...

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– Looking for opportunities to strengthen trust in government and tax compliance by analysing citizens' perception of governance
Enrico Nichelatti, Heikki Hiilamo - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

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. Social protection systems depend mainly on government tax revenue capacity. Raising domestic revenue still...

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– A microsimulation approach
Katrin Gasior, Silvia Navarro, Jukka Pirttilä, Mari Kangasniemi - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper examines the distributional impacts of agricultural policies versus those of cash transfers using a tax–benefit microsimulation model for Zambia for the policy year 2020. The analysis also considers the behavioural impacts of input subsidies and social cash transfers. The...

Blog
Kirsi Riipinen - , 0

How can differences in children and young people’s learning outcomes be reduced? This was one of the timely themes discussed in the Sustainable Cities discussion forum series arranged by the United Nations University World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in...

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....

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 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’...

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