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Data Set Description

G2LM|LIC - Tracking the Value of Time of Informal Sector Workers during and Post-Curfew in Nairobi, Kenya Logo

The broad objective of this project was to provide information that could be used to target aid and welfare or employment support to those who are stuck in an unemployment or underemployment trap due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet these objectives, a large sample of respondents was targeted living in Kibera, Kenya. N = 597 respondents were successfully recruited. The sample comprised mostly of women (67.7%), in a marriage or marriage-like relationship (51.4%), with three+ kids living at home (M=2.67, SD=1.50).

Participants completed a detailed survey. As part of this survey, they provided contact information and then they completed a series of subjective well-being measures from prior research. Specifically, participants answered questions about their overall subjective well-being and their positive and negative emotions. Participants then completed demographic items including their gender, age, marital status, whether they were currently living with their partner, or were the head of the household. They also reported on the highest level of formal education they had completed, the number of children they had living at home, their current childcare status, and they answered a series of income questions including how many people they financially supported, how many people relied on their income.

Third, they answered a series of employment questions including whether they currently worked for pay, how many jobs they worked, what kinds of jobs they worked in, how much money they earned per month, how their earnings and employment status had changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether they were currently looking for new employment opportunities and why.

Fourth, respondents answered questions about the earnings of their household members and the amount of savings and debt that they had, and how these estimates had changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants also reported how many hours they spent on unpaid labor in the past 7 days, and whether they had experienced any of the negative impacts of COVID-19 for their own health and their concerns with COVID-19 exposure.

Participants also reported how valuable they felt their time was on a series of different measures. Lastly, participants reported how much money they expected to earn in the next six months as well as their predictions for their expenses over the next 6 months.

Date Created: 2021-03-24

Scope of Data Set


Time Periods: October 2020 - January 2021


G2LM|LIC - Tracking the Value of Time of Informal Sector Workers during and Post-Curfew in Nairobi, Kenya2020. Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC). Version 1.0. doi:10.15185/glmlic.701.1

Researchers working with the “G2LM|LIC - Tracking the Value of Time of Informal Sector Workers during and Post-Curfew in Nairobi, Kenya” are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using this reference.

Restricted Access

  1. Whillans, Ashley (Harvard Business School)
  2. Belal, Saika (University of California, Berkeley)

Access to the data is provided to non-for-profit research, replication and teaching purposes. The data is available from the Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC).
Please contact IDSC for any access requests.

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