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The Job Ladder: Transforming informal work and livelihoods in developing countries

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...

Informal work Work status Global south
UNU-WIDER hosts special session at the AERC biannual research workshop on ‘The job ladder’

As part of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) biannual research workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, UNU-WIDER coordinates a special session on the forthcoming book The job ladder: Transforming informal work and livelihoods in developing...

30 November 2022
Trademark Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
Past event
Working Paper
Incorporating informal workers into social insurance in Tanzania

Expansion of social protection reach among workers in the large informal economy represents a persisting and thorny challenge in the development context...

Informal sector Tanzania Social policy
Journal Article
Informality and pension reforms in Bolivia: The case of Renta Dignidad

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Social protection Informal work Bolivia
Journal Article
Choices and constraints: The nature of informal employment in urban Mexico

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Informal work Labour market Labour market segmentation
Journal Article
Job quality and labour market transitions: Evidence from Mexican informal and formal workers

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Informal work job quality Labour market dynamics
Journal Article
What sustains informality?

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Informal work Labour market Informality
Journal Article
Ethnic diversity and informal work in Ghana

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Ethnic diversity Informal work Informality
Journal Special Issue
What sustains informality

The special issue contributes significantly to critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants, how informal firms can grow their business and productivity, and the effects of labour market regulations and social ins...

Informal work Informality Labour market
UNU-WIDER researchers join UNDESA 2022 virtual expert group meeting

During 27-30 June UNU-WIDER researchers, Michael Danquah and Simone Schotte join the expert group meeting hosted virtually by Division for Inclusive Social Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on Creating full and...

27 June 202230 June 2022
Past event
Confronting low domestic savings in Africa

What are the linkages between national savings and sustainable economic growth? Why are there differences in the amounts of savings between different countries?...

Informal work Developing countries Domestic savings
Research Brief
The employment and poverty effects of in-work policies in Ecuador Informal work Child labour Tax revenue
Working Paper
A new social contract inclusive of informal workers

This paper makes the case that current social contracts are often inadequate, irrelevant, or unjust for informal workers. It outlines three possible future scenarios: the bad old contract, an even worse contract, and a better new contract...

Informal work Informal economy Social contract
Working Paper
Female labour supply and informal employment in Ecuador

Low- and middle-income countries face a trade-off between raising tax revenue to strengthen social protection and creating incentives for the population to enter formal employment...

Labour supply Informal work Tax-benefit policy
What does ‘promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth’ mean for everyday life?

Erica stands under a rudimentary market stall in Accra, Ghana, selling fruits — she has done this every day for 10 years now...

Informal work Economic Transformation Database
Working Paper
The informal sector and the safety of female traders in Tanzania: A reflection of practices, policies, and legislation

This paper assesses the participation of female traders, safety factors, and existing policies and legislation in the informal sector in Tanzania...

Informal sector female entrepreneurship Tanzania
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