Kumasi, 2008

Working Papers

NEW! Anonymity or Distance? Job Search and Labour Market Exclusion in a Growing African City (with G. Abebe, A.S. Caria, M. Fafchamps, S. Franklin and S. Quinn). R&R Review of Economic Studies

Job Fairs: Matching Firms and Workers in a Field Experiment in Ethiopia (with G. Abebe, A.S. Caria, M. Fafchamps, S. Franklin and S. Quinn).

Published Articles

NEW! Does the Risk of Poverty Reduce Happiness? (with A.S. Caria). Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2018.

Entrepreneurship versus joblessness: explaining the rise in self-employment (with L. Haywood). Journal of Development Economics, 2016.

Heterogeneity in subjective wellbeing: An application to occupational allocation in Africa. (with W. F. Maloney, B. Rijkers and M. Sarrias). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization2015.


The Returns to Formality and Informality in Urban Africa (with A. Kerr, N. Rankin, J. Sandefur and F. Teal). Labour Economics, 2011.


OECD Publications

How technology and globalisation are transforming the labour market, in OECD Employment Outlook 2017, OECD Publishing, Paris. (with A. Salvatori)

Closing gender gaps in the labour markets of emerging economies: The unfinished job, in OECD Employment Outlook 2016, OECD Publishing, Paris.

OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Latvia 2016, OECD Publishing, Paris. (with H. Immervoll and J. Chaloff)

Enhancing job quality in emerging economies, in OECD Employment Outlook 2015, OECD Publishing, Paris. (with S. Cazes and B. Menyhert)

How good is your job? Measuring and assessing job quality, in OECD Employment Outlook 2014, OECD Publishing, Paris. (with A. Hijzen, A. Saint-Martin, H. Inanc,
and B. Menyhert)


Books and Book Chapters

Job quality in emerging economies: A bird's eye view through the lens of the OECD Job Quality framework, in Oxford University Press Handbook of Job Quality. (with S. Cazes and B. Menyhert). forthcoming.

Un breve panorama del empleo informal en las economías emergentesin Informalidad: implicaciones legislativas y políticas públicas para reducirla. Instituto Belisario Domínguez, Mexico (with S. Cazes and B. Menyhert). 2018.

Working toward Better Pay: Earning Dynamics in Ghana and Tanzania (with A. Kerr, P. Paci and B. Rjikers), World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 18553, April 2014.


Other Publications

Il problema dell'Italia: passare dal Brain Drain al Brain Flow (with M. Di Simplicio, N. Tsevelekos and A. Zocco), Aspenia 58: La Forza delle Idee, Aspenia Online - Global Issues - October 2012.

Qui o si fa l'Europa o si muore (book chapter), Italia 110, Aug 2012.


Plundered Nations?: Successes and Failures in Natural Resource Extraction (assisted Prof. Paul Collier in drafting the chapter on Nigeria), 2011.

Fertile ground: boasting cocoa production among Ghanaian smallholders (with M. Eberhardt), CSAE Briefing Paper, No 01, 2009


Work in Progress


Labour market segmentation as a dynamic phenomenon: evidence from seven countries (with S. Quinn and Avi Feller).

Unemployment, Not Working and Jobs for the Young in Urban Africa: Evidence from Ghana (with F. Teal). WP.

Understanding microcredit membership and retention: new evidence from Ghana (with K. Lehrer). WP.

Microcredit and business profitability in urban Africa: evidence from ADRA Microfinance. WP.

  Ghana, 2008