#31 These types of workers were most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Photo: World Bank Authors: Michael Weber and David Newhouse There is now clear evidence that the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were distributed unequally among workers in many developed countries.   We recently explored how the crisis has affected different types of workers and find substantial differences. Drawing on phone survey data from about 40 developing…

#28 Six months after the COVID-19 outbreak: How did workers in four African countries fare?

Photo: World Bank Authors: Ivette Maria Contreras-González, Gbemisola Oseni, Amparo Palacios-Lopez, Janneke Pieters and Michael Weber Labor markets continue to be a key transmission channel of the economic impact of COVID-19. As a result, tracking the trends in labor markets is paramount to gaining a better understanding of the economic impacts of the pandemic. Proper…

#13 Africa’s Manufacturing Puzzle: Evidence from Tanzanian and Ethiopian Firms

Photo credit: Rob Beechey / World Bank   Authors: Xinshen Diaoa, Mia Ellisb, Margaret McMillanc, and Dani Rodrikd Some economists have called into question the primacy of manufacturing. For example, Gollin (2018) questions whether there is anything special about manufacturing and asks whether economists’ emphasis on manufacturing as a path to development reflects our lack…

#24 Developing countries introduced an unprecedented social protection and jobs policy response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic

Photo credit: Paul Salazar / World Bank   Authors: Michael Weber and David Newhouse  Unlike the global financial crisis, both voluntary and mandated restrictions on mobility have directly affected labor markets. The scale of labor market disruption in developing countries has been massive. In its latest update, the ILO estimated a loss of 255 million…