Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Job creation or Informality reduction – The effects of subsidizing social security contributions

This paper evaluates the impact of an employment subsidy scheme covering employers’ social contribution costs on registered employment in small firms in Turkey. It utilizes a rich, firm-level administrative data … Continue reading

Friday, 21 January 2022 · Leave a comment

Informal work in sub-Saharan Africa – Dead end or stepping-stone?

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labor markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 January 2022 · Leave a comment

Street food as infrastructure: consumer mobility, vendor removability and food security in Mexico City

Street food vendors are a ubiquitous but controversial feature of Mexico City’s foodscapes; in the context of urban renewal and modernization projects, vendors are frequently portrayed as backwards, dirty, and … Continue reading

Sunday, 16 January 2022 · Leave a comment

The fluid city, urbanism as a process

Cities seem solid and static, but are fluid and in motion. Cities in archaeology are often identified and conceptualised through shared characteristics (e.g. irrigation, hierarchy, monuments). The archaeological record reveals … Continue reading

Friday, 14 January 2022 · Leave a comment

A political economy of overoptimism – Measuring global poverty before and during the pandemic

The contribution of this paper is to question the ‘official’ estimates of global monetary poverty up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We argue there is a political economy of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 5 January 2022 · Leave a comment

The gender productivity gap – Evidence from the Indian informal sector

We examine the patterns and correlates of the productivity gap between male-owned and female-owned firms for informal enterprises in India. Female-owned firms are on average 45 per cent less productive … Continue reading

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 · Leave a comment

Transformation in street food vending in modernizing Bangkok: trading pattern, vendor and product

Street food vending in Bangkok has been transformed in terms of the trading patterns, vendors, and products by the modernizing process. Thai female commoners and Chinese men were the first … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 December 2021 · Leave a comment

The Urban Dimensions of Inequality and Equality

The spatialisation of inequalities through processes of urbanisation have become increasingly significant over the last fifty years as disparities have both widened and concentrated in and between urban and territorial … Continue reading

Monday, 13 December 2021 · Leave a comment

Neoliberalism and the state in the African city: informality, accumulation and the rebirth of a Ugandan Market

This article stresses the value of viewing urban development through a critical lens that focuses on questions surrounding neoliberalism and the state, highlighting how such an approach can provide important … Continue reading

Thursday, 9 December 2021 · Leave a comment