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157 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperJob quality and labour market transitions: Evidence from Mexican informal and formal workers
In this paper we analyse informal work in Mexico, which accounts for the majority of employment in the country and has grown over time...Informal work job quality Labour market dynamics
Working PaperTransforming informal work and livelihoods in China
The informal sector has long been viewed as a locus of the disadvantaged, unskilled, and inexperienced workers in under-developed and developing economies...China Informal sector Livelihoods
Working PaperFinance, gender, and entrepreneurship: India’s informal sector firms
How does informal economic activity respond to increased financial inclusion? Does it become more entrepreneurial?...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Working PaperProgress and stagnation in the livelihood of informal workers in an emerging economy: Long-term evidence from Indonesia
We use long-spanning individual longitudinal data to examine the long-term labour market outcomes of low-tier informal workers...Earnings Indonesia Informal sector
NewsUNU-WIDER joins major new research consortium analysing African cities Urban economics Informal sector Partnerships for Development
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2019: Descriptive Report
The 2019 descriptive report of the Myanmar Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Survey is the second quantitative report of the Myanmar Enterprises Monitoring System (MEMS) project...SMEs Informal sector Manufacturing
Book ChapterWhy do household businesses stay informal?
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamFormal and informal Informal sector Household business
Book ChapterHow important are management practices for the productivity of small and medium enterprises?
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamEntrepreneurship Informal sector Small and medium enterprises
Journal ArticleInformality and poverty in Ecuador
This paper uses national representative data from the Ecuadorian Family Expenditure survey to study the determinants of poverty and informality in the country, taking into account the two-way relationship between these two phenomena...Informal sector Poverty
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2018 Qualitative Study
The purpose of this report is to give a nuanced picture of the SME business environment in Myanmar as a complement to the 2017 MSME quantitative survey conducted within the project ‘ Towards Inclusive Development in Myanmar ’...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector
Working PaperFinancial disincentives to formal work: Evidence from Ecuador and Colombia
The aim of this paper is to quantify the financial cost that informal workers would incur in the event of entering formality, accounting for potential earnings gains upon entry...Formalization Informal sector Informality
Book ChapterEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania's service sector
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Informal sector Economic growth
Working PaperHow important are management practices for the productivity of small and medium enterprises?
Is the lack of ‘managerial capital’, alongside human and financial capital, a constraint on the growth of firms in developing countries? The evidence on this is still mixed, especially among small and medium enterprises...Entrepreneurship Informal sector Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperWhy do household businesses in Vietnam stay informal?
Using unbalanced panel data from the small and medium enterprise surveys in Vietnam in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015, this paper investigates factors associated with informality in Vietnam...Formal and informal Informal sector Household business