The Impact of Emergency Job Retention Assistance on Labor Market Outcomes for Informal Firms and Workers in Ghana

Researchers:
Jamie McCasland
Fieldwork by:
Location:
Ghana
Timeline:
2020
Target group:
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • Informal workers
Outcome of interest:
  • Employment
  • Firm survival and sustainability
Intervention type:
  • Conditional cash transfers
  • COVID-19 response
  • Unconditional cash transfers
Research papers:
Partners:

A large share of workers in sub-Saharan Africa work in informal firms and lack access to formal unemployment insurance. Researchers are conducting a randomized evaluation to test the impact of providing emergency job retention assistance to firms and workers on firm survival, worker-firm match survival, and labor market outcomes for firm owners and workers in Ghana’s informal sector. Research is ongoing; results are forthcoming.