#4 Labor Productivity Grows Faster in Developing Countries When Labor Moves from Agriculture into Waged Jobs

Author: Dino Merotto, Jobs Group, World Bank. Blog #1 in our series showed that growth in labor productivity explains the differences in per capita income growth across countries. When we break down labor productivity growth into within and between sector components, we see that the reallocation of labor from lower productivity agriculture to higher productivity…

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#3 What are the Patterns of Structural Change Across Income Levels? And What Growth Processes Generate Them?

Author: Dino Merotto, Jobs Group, World Bank. Blog #2 in our series showed how the share of employment in services rises as countries get richer, and the share in agriculture falls. In this blog, we combine the pattern of GDP with that of employment. Three simple charts show vividly how both the structure of GDP…

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#2 Most People in Most Countries Work in Farming and Services, not in Factories

Authors: Dino Merotto and Andreas Eberhard-Ruiz, Jobs Group, World Bank. Data on employment shares by sector show the rising importance of service jobs as countries get richer – and a corresponding decline in the share of agriculture jobs. Manufacturing, in contrast, plays a much less important part in the shift to higher incomes and it…

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#1 Better, Not More Jobs are Associated with Increased Per Capita Income

Authors: Dino Merotto and Andreas Eberhard-Ruiz, Jobs Group, World Bank. Perhaps the most fundamental finding from Jobs Diagnostics is that it isn’t adding more of the existing stock of jobs that raises a country’s per capita income. Rather, it is improving the productivity of a country’s jobs that matters more. When we split the sources…

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World Bank Launches New Tools For Youth Employment Projects

The youth employment community needs new tools to develop new solutions. Authors: Danielle Robinson and Sunamika Singh Original post: blogs.worldbank.org/jobs Practitioners across the globe are intent on identifying effective, sustainable and scalable ways to increase youth employment based on solid evidence of what’s working—and what’s not. A 2018 stocktake conducted by the World Bank’s Jobs…

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Rice in Côte d’Ivoire is Big Business That Depends on Small Firms

Selling rice could lift farmers out of poverty, especially if small and medium enterprises can catalyze the value chain Authors: Eric Levoy and Dotianga Konate Original post: blogs.worldbank.org/jobs When it comes to agricultural value chain development, including for staple crops like rice, big, (multi)national firms are often considered the entry point to catalyze the chain.…

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