Given the weight of micro, small, and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) in total employment in Vietnam, and because the long-awaited development process is occurring through productivity gains, there is value in understanding the mechanisms that foster...Entrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics) Small and medium enterprises
BlogThe labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women
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 wors...COVID-19 Gender inequality Labour force participation
Over the last 50 years, Asia has emerged as the most important laboratory for understanding the roots of state effectiveness and the consequences of different modes of state action for delivering enhanced wellbeing...State Democracy Redistribution
BlogThe debate around intellectual property rights and the COVID-19 vaccine
The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is by vaccinating against infection. But once the vaccine is developed, how can it be distributed across the world’s population?...COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights
BlogIs COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...COVID-19 Economics shocks
Taxation, and public sector matters more generally, are high on the agenda for the international development community. This is clearly reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...Public economics Public finance International taxation
Until 2010s, social protection was not high on the political agenda in Tanzania. Yet in 2012, the government approved the implementation of a nationwide conditional cash transfer programme...Social protection Policy entrpreneurs Political settlements
BlogDouble dividends and mixed blessings: What would the pioneers of development economics make of new trends in developing economies?
Today, we see clear trends in developing countries of a potentially troubling ‘new normal’ for economic development. We see tertiarization with rising inequality. We see urbanization without growth...Structural transformation Economic development
Social assistance programmes have proliferated across Africa alongside redemocratization — the return of multi-party systems with regular, competitive elections...Elections Political branding Social protection
BlogIn Conversation with Deepak Nayyar on ‘Resurgent Asia’: FP2P Podcast and transcript
Duncan Green: I recently skyped Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to discuss his new book, Resurgent Asia ...
BlogGlobal poverty: coronavirus could drive it up for the first time since the 1990s
As COVID-19 slows in developed countries, the virus’s spread is speeding up in the developing world . Three-quarters of new cases detected each day are now in developing countries ...
BlogPoverty and the pandemic in the Pacific
COVID-19 has had a far greater economic impact than health impact on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific...COVID-19 pandemic global poverty
BlogThe end of poverty postponed?: Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter...COVID-19 global poverty global poverty increase
The Rwandan government introduced the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) with donor support in 2008...Rwanda Social protection Policy transfer
BlogTemporary shock or lasting poverty trap?: COVID-19 in South Africa
South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations are likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependents . Already disadvantaged groups will suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects...COVID-19 Poverty traps
BlogBeing the change you want to see
While growing up, I was troubled by the scale of the socioeconomic gap between the haves and the have-nots in the community around me...