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BookParental investments and children’s human capital in low-to-middle-income countries
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...parental investment Human capital low-and-middle-income countries
Working PaperGrowth and inequality convergence: the role of environmentally related impacts on human capital
We examine inequality convergence over the past three decades and ask if environmentally related impacts on health, and their effect on human capital, are responsible for the slow rate of inequality reduction in countries...Inequality Convergence environmental impact
Research BriefAre women’s labour force participation rates improving in sub-Saharan Africa?
Several sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have achieved substantial economic growth in the past 30 years. Likewise, access to education has considerably expanded, as reflected in rising enrolment rates for both men and women...Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
Research BriefThree key insights for research on social mobility in developing countries
The volume, Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants , brings together leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines working on a variety of issues related to social mobility...Social mobility Inequality & Human Development Human capital
NewsPathfinding new book on Social Mobility in Developing Countries out now Economics social sciences Social mobility
Research BriefWhat do we need to know about social mobility in the Global South?
The volume, Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods and Determinants, brings together leading scholars from several disciplines to advance research practice on social mobility...Social mobility Inequality & Human Development Human capital
Policy BriefSix sets of policy actions to promote social mobility
Promoting social mobility is an essential task of development, and a multi-faceted one. Precarious livelihoods are widespread. Containing downward mobility is an important precondition for sustaining upward mobility...Social mobility Poverty Inequality
Book ChapterSocial mobility and human capital in low- and middle-income countries
From the book: Social mobility in developing countriesSocial mobility Human capital Cognitive ability
BlogWasted talent – How COVID-19’s effect on the poor could make all of society poorer
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 Econo...COVID-19 Poverty Human capital
Working PaperThe legacy of conflict: aggregate evidence from Sierra Leone
This paper studies the general equilibrium impact of civil war in Sierra Leone. I first use an instrumental variable (IV) strategy and geographic conflict variation to estimate reduced-form effects...Conflict Livelihoods Structural transformation
Working PaperIntergenerational mobility in occupational choices: Are there gender differences in Ghana?
Historically, the issue of intergenerational evolution of income, wealth, and socioeconomic status has been the subject of considerable research in the analysis of inequality...Intergenerational Mobility socioeconomic status Occupational choice
BlogChanging the lives of very young children: Evidence from Rwanda
Globally, around 250 million children under the age of five do not meet key development milestones, which reduces their ability to reach their full potential...Social mobility Human capital Cognitive ability
Book ChapterThe interaction of institutional quality and human capital in shaping the dynamics of capital structure
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamCapital Structure Human capital Trade-off theory
Working PaperGender, age cohort, and household investment in child schooling: New evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa continues to post one of the highest gender gaps in educational outcomes in the world. Gender gaps in educational outcomes might be attributed to an uneven allocation of household resources towards the schooling of boys and girls...Educational expenditures Gender bias Human capital