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Informal freelancers in the time of COVID-19: Insights from a digital matching platform in Mozambique

Sam Jones and Ivan Manhique

No wp-2021-95, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Despite the severe negative economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence from many contexts points to a surge in sales on online platforms, as well as shifts in the composition of demand. This paper investigates how the pandemic has affected both the supply of and demand for informal manual freelancers in Mozambique. Using data from the digital labour marketplace Biscate , we quantify dynamics along four main dimensions: responses to infection rates, official restrictions on activity, changes in workplace mobility, and employment conditions.

Keywords: COVID-19; Shocks; Mozambique; Informal sector; Digital platforms; Labour (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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