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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, 16 February, 2017

Non-farm microenterprises employ a large share of the overall and non-agricultural workforce in low-income counties. Yet, the lack of large-scale, nationally representative data on microenterprises often precludes a syst... Continue Reading

Labor Migration, Capital Accumulation, and the Structure of Rural Labor Markets

by Taryn Dinkelman, Grace Kumchulesi, Martine Mariotti | Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Can migrant capital be a force for structural change in labor markets of sending communities? We address this question by studying how rural labor markets in Malawi changed in the three decades following exogenous shocks... Continue Reading

For Richer, for Poorer

by Nina Pavcnik | Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

This piece focuses on the effects of international trade on inequality within developing countries.  The effects of trade on inequality within a country are complex, as trade influences people’s earnings and c... Continue Reading

Household Shocks and Education Investment in Madagascar

by David Sahn, Thomas Walker, Peter Glick | Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

This paper measured the extent to which households in Madagascar adjust children’s school attendance in order to cope with exogenous shocks to household income, assets and labour supply. Our analysis was based on a... Continue Reading

Using Mobile Phone Records to Estimate the Effect of Local Labor Demand Shocks on Internal Migration and Local Wages

by Joshua Blumenstock, Dave Donaldson | Thursday, 2 February, 2017

A central question in the study of migration concerns the role that migrants play in bringing an economy towards a more efficient use of its resources. Yet, the lack of reliable data on migration has hampered our ability... Continue Reading

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