Tommaso Porzio

Content by Tommaso Porzio
  • Publication - Project Report

    The resilience of informal labour markets

    This project studies labour relations in informal economies where there are no written contracts, employment benefits, or protection for workers. ‘Informality’ is a defining characteristic of labour markets in most developing countries, making the study of employment relationships and related policy challenges especially difficult due to the paucity of administrative...

    20 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Blog post

    The resilience of informal labour markets: Insights from Uganda

    While the lockdown in Uganda resulted in a large but temporary shock to SME activity, mature labour relationships were highly resilient to the lockdown, and a large share of workers were able to temporarily engage in alternative income generating activities during the lockdown. On 30th of March 2020, the Government of Uganda implemented a hard lockdown for a 14-day...

    18 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on SMEs and employment relationships in Uganda

    During 2020, governments in many developing countries introduced severe restrictions on economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June 2020. This policy brief reports on the results from a phone survey of a representative sample of SMEs and their workers...

    6 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Project

    COVID-19 and the value of relationships in informal economies

    Governments in many developing countries have put in place restrictions to economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This is true also in Uganda, where public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June. While firms were closed, there were reports of workers leaving cities and traveling back to their home villages....

    18 Feb 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Esau Tugume, Ritwika Sen, Tommaso Porzio

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    There are large productivity differences across firms in developing countries, even within the same sector and region. Understanding what contributes to such differences in productivity is important for designing policies to help low productivity firms grow. This project implemented a representative survey of over 1,000 manufacturing firms in Uganda to quantify...

    30 Jan 2020 | Vittorio Bassi, Raffaela Muoio , Joshua Mutambi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Project

    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    Differences in income per capita across countries are mostly accounted for by differences in aggregate total factor productivity (Hall and Jones, 1999; Caselli, 2005). These differences are also present at the firm level, as firms in less developed countries have, on average, much lower labour productivity. However, there is substantial productivity dispersion within...

    20 Sep 2019 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Raffaela Muoio , Robert Mpiira

  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    19 Sep 2019 | Vittorio Bassi, Raffaela Muoio , Joshua Mutambi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Project

    Firm-level technology adoption and investment in training

    In developing countries, firms produce using technologies farther away from the frontier, and workers have lower education and formal training. It has long been argued that skills and technology are complementary (see, for example, Foster and Rosenzweig 1996). As a result, the lower skill endowment of workers may reduce the incentives of firms to invest in technology, and...

    22 Feb 2018 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Esau Tugume, Ritwika Sen, Raffaela Muoio