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M. Niaz Asadullah, Nudrat Faria Shreya, Zaki Wahhaj - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Almost everywhere, women are underrepresented in labour markets compared to men. While labour force participation among women of working age (FLFP) has increased in recent decades, the vast majority of women in South Asia remain out of the labour market. Traditional roles and...

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Hossain Zillur Rahman, Atiya Rahman, Md. Saiful Islam, Avinno Faruk, Imran Matin, Mohammad Abdul Wazed, Umama Zillur - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

The social and ecomomic impact of COVID-19 has been deep, wide-ranging, and multi-dimensional. While anecdotal evidence of distress among the poor, particularly those with informal occupations, has been widespread, effective policy response has required real-time, researched data disaggregated...

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– Insights from the Hrishipara diaries
Risto Rönkkö, Stuart Rutherford, Kunal Sen - World Development, 2022

We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor in a semi-rural setting in Bangladesh. We use an unusually rich dataset which tracks the economic and financial transactions of sixty poor and very poor individuals and their families on a daily real-time...

Ruby Richardson - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The opening keynote of the recent WIDER Development Conference, COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South, was given by Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, an accomplished economist with several...

Risto Rönkkö, Stuart Rutherford, Kunal Sen - Project Syndicate, 2021

The Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project has been tracking the daily spending of 60 poor households in rural Bangladesh for the last six years. Analysis of the data collected – especially the changes to spending patterns that have occurred during the pandemic – reveals four areas where...

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– A mixed-methods analysis of gender and labour market segmentation in Bangladesh
Naila Kabeer, Lopita Huq, Muhammad Mahabub Rahaman - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Data on female labour force participation in Bangladesh suggest that, despite the increase in female-intensive employment opportunities through microfinance, export garment manufacturing, and community-based services, the majority of working women are concentrated in home-based activities....

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– Insights from the Hrishipara diaries
Risto Rönkkö, Stuart Rutherford, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

In this paper, we examine the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor. We use an unusually rich data set from a ‘financial diaries’ study known as the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project. The data set tracks the economic and financial transactions of 60...

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M Niaz Asadullah, Nudrat Faria Shreya, Zaki Wahhaj - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Although microfinance started as a movement to improve women’s economic well-being through increased female entrepreneurship in particular, its impact on women’s attitudes toward and participation in the labour market is not fully understood. We fill this gap by combining data on...

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– Evidence from Labour Force Survey data of Bangladesh
Sayema Haque Bidisha, Tanveer Mahmood, Mahir A. Rahman - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

With structural changes in production coupled with technological progress, there have been shifts in modes of production and patterns of employment, with important consequences on task composition of occupations. This paper has utilized different rounds of Labour Force Survey data of...

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Nathan Barker, C. Austin Davis, Paula López-Peña, Harrison Mitchell, A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Karim Naguib, Maira Emy Reimão, Ashish Shenoy, Corey Vernot - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Using detailed microdata, we document how migration-dependent households are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We create pre- and post-COVID panel datasets for three populations in Bangladesh and Nepal, leveraging experimental and observational variation in prior migration...

Sayema Haque Bidisha, Avinno Faruk - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020,1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the worst impacts for a variety of reasons....

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Selim Raihan, Sunera Saba Khan - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The Bangladesh economy has undergone significant structural changes over the last four decades. The share of agriculture in GDP has declined, while the significance of industry and service sectors has increased. These structural changes have been associated with persistent challenges such as...

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– Evidence from Chittagon Hill tracts of Bangladesh
Muhammad Badiuzzaman, Syed Mansoob Murshed, Matthias Rieger - The Journal of Development Studies, 2020

We evaluate a development programme with an important maternal health care component in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The region and its mostly indigenous people experienced violent conflict in the past and face a constant risk of recurring conflict. Given this fragile setting,...

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– The role of infrastructure development and gender norms
Amrit Amirapu, M. Niaz Asadullah, Zaki Wahhaj - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

Traditional gender norms can restrict independent migration by women, preventing them from taking advantage of economic opportunities in urban non-agricultural industries. However, women may be able to circumvent such restrictions by using marriage to engage in long-distance migration—if...

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