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30 Years of economics for development

WIDERAngle March 2015

From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison

I’m writing this editorial from Dar es Salaam, while at the 20th anniversary workshop for Tanzania’s REPOA, one of our research partners. UNU-WIDER has been active in the African development debate throughout its 30 years, and our engagement has deepened even more over the last five years. Finn Tarp, UNU-WIDER’s director, has long experience in the region, especially in Mozambique, as does senior research fellow Channing Arndt. Full article

Job creation and the business cycle in Brazil

Tú​lio Cravo

What type of business destroys proportionately more jobs during times of economic recessions and hires more in booms? This simple question motivates an important ongoing debate in the economics literature that seeks to explain the factors behind the dynamics of employment creation in small and large businesses during economic cycles. Full article


How can governments better respond to global food price fluctuations?

Roger Williamson

Much of UNU-WIDER’s research in the last few years was initiated under the 2010-2013 work programme on the triple crisis of finance, food and climate change. The financial crisis from 2008 onwards has received massive worldwide attention. This year, efforts will be made to negotiate an internationally binding regime to limit climate change. So where does that leave food? Full article


Debt: IMF financing vs debt-restructuring

In the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, debt crises have plagued low-, middle-, and high-income countries at various times. Indebted countries have generally addressed balance of payments crises either by (a) obtaining International Monetary Fund (IMF) emergency financing; or (b) negotiating debt-restructuring arrangements with creditors. Full article

Policy processes and the global food price crisis 2007-08

The recent food price crisis and the responses of the policy makers in developing countries provide an unprecedented opportunity to analyse the policy processes in these countries. Policy responses differed depending on the nature and magnitude of the roles of various actors, political institutions, and organizational infrastructure. Full article


Researching inequality – an interview with James B. Davies

James B. Davies, Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario, played a key role in UNU-WIDER’s pioneering research into global personal and household wealth. He describes how he and colleagues developed the intellectual tools to analyse global wealth in his work at UNU-WIDER. He discusses the importance of the Institutes work on the issue and its network of researchers. Watch interview here


How American capitalism really works: some lessons for developing countries

William Lazonick

The history of successful capitalist development shows that state intervention creates the fundamental conditions under which entrepreneurial individualism can flourish.  A growing body of research has analyzed the symbiosis between the developmental state and high-tech entrepreneurship in different national contexts. Indeed, as I argue in this article, the national economy that most exemplifies this symbiosis is the United States of America. Full Article

WIDERAngle newsletter
March 2015
ISSN 1238-9544

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