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The Long Run Effects of Labour Migration on Human Capital Formation in Communities of Origin

by Taryn Dinkelman, Martine Mariotti | Monday, 1 February, 2016

We provide new evidence of one channel through which circular labour migration has long run effects on
origin communities: by raising completed human capital of the next generation. We estimate the net
effe... Continue Reading

Household Perceptions of Labour Market Conditions in Malawi and Tanzania

by Brian Dillon, Reuben Mutegi, Peter Brummund, Germano Mwabu, Joshua Merfeld | Thursday, 21 January, 2016

In this paper we document and analyse the findings from new qualitative research into individuals’ perceptions of labour market function and their places within labour markets. Our findings are based on focus group... Continue Reading

Allocative Efficiency of Non-farm Enterprises in Agricultural Households: Evidence from Malawi

by Peter Brummund, Joshua Merfeld | Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

According to standard economic theory, households will equate marginal revenue products of inputs across different activities within the household. However, this result relies on restrictive assumptions, several of which... Continue Reading

How Complete Are Labour Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa?

by Brian Dillon, Peter Brummund, Germano Mwabu | Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

We develop and implement new tests for the completeness of rural labour markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our approach builds on the seminal work of Benjamin (1992), which uses consumer-producer households as a window into ... Continue Reading

Out with the Old and Unproductive, in with the New and Similarly Unproductive: Microenterprise Dynamics in a Growing Low-Income Economy

by Nina Pavcnik, Brian McCaig | Thursday, 17 December, 2015

Non-farm microenterprises employ a large share of overall and nonagricultural labor force in low-income counties. We examine the dynamics of non-farm microenterprises, their hiring, and their transitions to the formal sector with a nationally repr... Continue Reading


IZA and the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) are proud to present their joint IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM | LIC), which will improve worldwide knowledge on labor market issues in low-income countries (LICs) and provide a solid basis for capacity building and development of future labor market policies. 30 grants have been awarded for research activities of institutions around the globe, with a substantial proportion of funds routed to research activities in institutions in LICs.