Matched Employee-Employer Panel Data for Labour Market Analysis in Zimbabwe

Dates: 2014 – 2016

Funding: IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (“GLM | LIC”) funded by DFID


This project built a panel of manufacturing firm data in Zimbabwe that covers various years during the period 1993 to 2015. In addition, the project  created a matched employee-employer database that follows employees over the period 2015 to 2016. The project involved the collection of new data through firm and employee surveys, as well as the merging of this data with prior data collected on the sample of firms in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

This initiative enables a new body of evidence on how past structural changes in the Zimbabwean economy during the period of economic crisis affected labour markets, as well as how future growth and structural change link to labour market outcomes. In collecting, providing and analyzing the data, the project aimed to build a closer synergy between evidence and policy formulation in Zimbabwe.


The data from the project is available on DataFirst’s Open Data portal.

Policy briefs

GLM|LIC Policy Brief No. 28 Productivity under Twenty Years of Structural Change in Zimbabwe’s Manufacturing Sector

GLM|LIC Policy Brief No. 27 Wages in Zimbabwean Formal and Informal Manufacturing

GLM|LIC Policy Brief No. 26 Manufacturing Firm Survival in the Face of Economic Crises