Is new technology “transformative” or “disruptive”?  I’ve heard this topic hotly debated at meetings both within the World Bank and more broadly.  The issue is not just linguistic hair-splitting…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Social media has flourished with increasing digital connectivity. Internet users in the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates spend more than 3 hours per day on…

Rong Chen |

Download the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report. The informal sector — labor and business that is hidden from monetary, regulatory, and institutional authorities — accounts for about a…

Shu Yu, Franziska Ohnsorge |

I am 41 years old and, with business as usual, I would be 106 when universal social protection (USP) is realized. The drive for USP – a definition of which is to  ensure that everyone is covered…

Ugo Gentilini |

The gig economy matches businesses to consumers through digital platforms. It serves local communities such as Tutorama, an Egyptian online platform connecting students with local private tutors.…

Rong Chen, Simeon Djankov |

The Middle East and North Africa region have some of the best educated, unemployed people in the world. High-skill university graduates currently make up almost 30 percent of the unemployed pool …

Federica Saliola, Davida Connon |

Are robots, friends or foes of the future of work? Automation is eliminating some routine jobs but, on the positive side, robots are good partners for workers engaged in tasks that demand…

Federica Saliola |

2018 has been an exceptionally rich year for social protection research. As part of my weekly links, I reviewed some 300 papers published over the past 12 months, and with the calendar year coming…

Ugo Gentilini |