My Mom Hired a Female Driver! The Economics of Employment Sex-Segregation

Having a driver may seem like a luxury reserved for the ultra-rich in the U.S., but in Bangkok, it is an affordable necessity for aging middle-class people. My parents’ recent decision to hire a driver is a typical one for that city: My mom is 75 and my dad is 80, so it allows them to maintain independence and mobility, not to mention keep up their social lives. What’s much less common is that my mom chose a female driver, Yaa.

An Inside Look: The Jobs M&E Toolkit

Read the original post here. The Jobs Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Toolkit is a package of resources for project teams and clients to standardize the assessment of jobs outcomes in World Bank Group lending operations. By using the toolkit, project teams can collect data on jobs without running resource-intensive surveys. The toolkit contains guidance on…

Rising with rice in Côte d’Ivoire 2: More and better jobs by connecting farmers to markets

In the first post of this blog series, we traveled to the center of Côte d’Ivoire during rice harvesting season and met two people whose livelihoods depended on the outcome: Sali Soro, a smallholder farmer and member of a regional rice cooperative, and Zié Coulibaly, director of the Katiola rice mill. Their stories illustrate the challenges faced…