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Employment

Can we support SME growth by increasing demand for their products?

Thursday, September 5, 2019, by Serene Ho

Differences in the size and wealth of economies between countries have long been the subject of much debate and discussion. While there are many theories of the sources of these differences, economists have long argued that productivity gaps between firms in the private sector are a major contributor. 

As such, rigorous research and experimental approaches have sought to close this productivity gap by focusing on identifying and dismantling... Read More

Centering community partners in research: One research team’s experience and advice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, by Alexander Bartik and Bryan Stuart

This guest post is authored by Alexander Bartik of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Bryan Stuart of George Washington University.

Automation, rising inequality between high- and low-income earners, stagnating educational attainment, and other labor market trends have the potential to impact millions of workers across North America and the world. 

Many workers have jobs with insufficient benefits or protections, lack access to jobs that pay living... Read More

Targeting extreme poverty in Egypt: A national priority

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, by Farida El-Gueretly, Nazia Moqueet, and Noura Selim

At the 2017 World Youth Forum, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Waly, noted that civil society organizations were vital partners in the realization of Egypt’s 2030 strategy goals. An important pillar of the 2030 goals focuses on social justice, in particular ensuring the protection and support of Egypt’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups. Read More

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What does women’s labor force participation really tell us about women’s empowerment?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, by Lucia Diaz-Martin, Rachel Glennerster, and Ariella Park

Women continue to participate in the labor market—or as non-economists would put it, “work”—at different rates than men. According to International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates in 2016, 49.5 percent of working-age women worldwide were in the workforce, compared to 76 percent of working-age men.

Measuring these inequalities and differences is difficult. For example, data on informal labor or care work is scarce—and interpreting what employment data indicates about... Read More

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More jobs, less crime

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, by Hannah Myers

Thousands of disadvantaged young people across the United States are working at camps, daycare centers, and corporate and government offices this summer through summer employment programs. A growing body of evidence, including a number of evaluations by several J-PAL affiliates, shows that these programs can lower violent crime rates among youth. This research has supported a program’s expansion in Chicago and spurred additional evaluations of new questions and in new... Read More