A photogrid of young people working remotely/from home. Credit to image source available below Author: Michael Weber I argue in this blog that public works can be modernized using digital technology to leverage access for low-income households and communities. This complements previous blogs in this series about how public works can generate incomes and work…Details
#7 “Suspended until further notice”: is there a role for public works in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response?
Eastern DRC earlier this year – with appropriate safeguards (individual protective equipment, physical distance between workers, etc.)/Photo credit: Paul Bance Authors: Paul Bance and Ugo Gentilini What is happening to public works during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis so far? In a previous blog, we argued that public works will be important in supporting informal workers…Details
Author: Michael Weber
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has caused record levels of unemployment benefits claims. In the US, new claims reached an historic high of 6.9 million in the week ending March 28. The following week another 6.6 million filed claims, the peak of the 2008/2009 financial crisis.
Authors: Dalal Moosa and Federica Saliola This blog is also available in Arabic. Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it. reach out to more workers and businesses, and propel their digital economy. The virus…Details
Author: Ugo Gentilini Let’s start with the facts. A third of the 418 social protection programs world-wide responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are government-funded, non-contributory cash transfer programs. Why do cash transfer programs play such a prominent role? The pandemic demands rapid, concrete a response that injects resources directly. Cash transfer programs tick all the boxes. In…Details
Authors: Truman Packard and Michael Weber
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will liquidate livelihoods. In a catastrophic shock, concerns for income and wealth inequality, which inform anti-poverty programs in “normal” times, must take a back seat to concerns with livelihood losses.
#2 How wage subsidies can help workers stay home and reduce the long-term unemployment effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis
Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels Authors: Eliana Carranza and Indhira Santos In this blog, we look at the potential of wage subsidies for supporting jobs and incomes during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. The crisis affects both workers’ ability to go to work and the labor demand of firms that are forced to…Details
Author: Tom Farole
COVID is wreaking havoc on firms, which face a triple shock. On the supply side, emergency decrees have shut down many businesses…
Authors: Dino Merotto, Jörg Langbein, & Michael Weber In this blog, we explore how the challenges of delivering better jobs through structural change differ depending on where a country is in its demographic transition. We draw implications for jobs strategies in youthful countries. When developing countries enter the demographic transition the share of youth in…Details
Author: Dino Merotto Jobs Group, World Bank If you haven’t read Easterly and Levine’s “It’s Not Factor Accumulation” you should. But you should also read Klenow and Rodriguez-Clare’s “The Neoclassical Revival in Growth Economics: Has It Gone Too Far?”. Since it was published in 2001, Easterly and Levine’s ideas have shaped much of World Bank…Details