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Informal-formal workers' transition in Nigeria: A livelihood analysis

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  • Abiodun O. Folawewo
  • Olusegun A. Orija

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This study evaluates the effects of the informal sector on Nigerian workers' livelihoods and analyses workers' transitions within the informal sector and between informal and formal employment. A binary logit model is applied to General Household Survey panel data for the periods 2010/11, 2012/13, and 2015/16. We find that informal employment has the greatest impact on workers' livelihoods in terms of earnings. Results also indicate the existence of a high level of dynamic transition of workers within different types of informal employment.

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  • Abiodun O. Folawewo & Olusegun A. Orija, 2020. "Informal-formal workers' transition in Nigeria: A livelihood analysis," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2020-146, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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