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Pathways to Better Jobs in IDA Countries : Findings from Jobs Diagnostics (English)

This report documents cross-country findings from analysis conducted by World Bank staff working on Jobs Diagnostics. It identifies some key insights for policy makers to take into account when designing policies and programs for inclusive growth. The findings are drawn from three different sources. The macroeconomic section analyzes data for over 16,000 overlapping episodes of economic growth in 125 countries. The labor supply section analyzes labor data from the latest household surveys in 150 countries around the world. The firm-level analysis draws on business data from countries for which—at the time of writing—the World Bank had conducted a Jobs Diagnostic. The report identifies jobs-related transitions as the pathways people follow to better jobs —workers increase their hours worked, become more productive in their work, move between locations, change sectors and occupations, and shift from self- to waged employment and from less to more successful firms.


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    Merotto,Dino Leonardo, Weber,Michael, Aterido,Reyes

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Merotto,Dino Leonardo Weber,Michael Aterido,Reyes

Pathways to Better Jobs in IDA Countries : Findings from Jobs Diagnostics (English). Jobs series,issue no. 14 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.