BlogHelping the poor to survive lockdown
The Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project has been tracking the daily spending of 60 poor households in rural Bangladesh for the last six years...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
BlogIndia’s manufacturing and services value-chains are shifting South: A curse or a blessing?
Much has been written on India as an outlier in Global Value Chains (GVC)...Structural transformation Manufacturing Global value chains
BlogGrandads, dads, and sons: Examining multigenerational mobility in India
While studies have examined the association in socioeconomic status between parent and offspring, there has been relatively little research on multigenerational mobility, especially in the developing country context...Social mobility Inequality Education
BlogStunted growth, orphans, and access to sanitation services in South Africa
Stunted growth in early life has serious implications for cognitive development and is a well-established constraint to individual productivity and life expectancy...Child wellbeing Child nutrition South Africa
BlogA summer reading list of our latest papers, articles, and books
At the UNU-WIDER offices here in Helsinki, Finland, the summer holidays are almost upon us. Looking at the list of new UNU-WIDER publications, it is easy to see how much we accomplished this past year, despite the many constraints faced...Inequality Gender equality Gender inequality
Research BriefSerá o Ensino Técnico-Profissional (ETP) uma solução para o desemprego jovem?: Dinâmica da transição ensino-emprego dos finalistas do ETP em Moçambique June 2021
O Ensino Técnico-Profissional (ETP) é frequentemente visto como uma solução milagrosa que resolve questões que vão desde o desemprego juvenil até à mudança estrutural relacionada com o me...Mozambique Education policy Employment
Research BriefIs technical and vocational education and training a solution for youth unemployment?: The dynamics of school-to-work transition of TVET graduates in Mozambique June 2021
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is often seen as a silver bullet resolving issues ranging from youth unemployment to labour market-related structural change...Mozambique Education policy Employment
BlogLong-term research in Tanzania sheds light on the reasons rural households diversify their income
Researchers and policymakers have long asked whether rural households in Africa diversify their income to spread risk or by seizing opportunities to increase their earning potential...
BlogWhy countries best placed to handle the pandemic appear to have fared the worst
During the first year of the pandemic, it was wealthier countries, with their comparatively stronger health systems, civil services, legal systems and other public services, that suffered the highest rates of COVID-19...COVID-19 Pandemic State
Policy BriefThe economic gains of reducing the employment gender gap in Morocco June 2021
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, including Morocco, currently record the lowest rates of female labour force participation (FLFP) in the world...Female labour force participation Gender gap Employment
BlogMozambique's difficult decade: Three lessons to inform next steps
At the start of the last decade, Mozambique’s prospects looked stellar...Foreign Direct Investment Foreign investments Natural resource management
BlogDo resource rich economies have better or worse human development outcomes?
Although increasingly challenged , we often hear that being resource rich can adversely affect growth prospects...
BlogEthnic diversity and informal employment in Ghana
Informal activities are widespread in many developing countries. In many sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries informal economic activities account for more than one-third of economic output and more than two-thirds of employment...Ethnic diversity Inequalities Informality
BlogPrecarious employment for youth in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia
Youth (those aged 15–29) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face notoriously precarious employment prospects...Labour market outcomes Gender equality; Labour markets Informality
BlogPrecarization or protection? How labour policies influence the effects of globalization on informality
Globalization has generally coincided with a rise in work outside the formal economy, intensifying job precarization — when high-quality, formal jobs that entitle workers to benefits are replaced by jobs which may not comply with regulations an...Precarity Labour market outcomes Informality
BlogOver 2 billion workers globally are informal — what should we do about it?
Informality is a pervasive phenomenon in the labour markets of developing countries. Two billion workers, representing 61.2 per cent of the world’s employed population, are in informal employment ...Informal poor Labour market outcomes Equality and inequality