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30 Years of economics for development

WIDERAngle April 2015

From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison

I’m writing this from New York, having just participated in an event on the sustainable development goals, organized by UNU’s Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, together with the German Research Foundation. The German mission to the UN hosted the conference, which took place amidst the continued UN processes on the SDGs. The marriage of sustainability and development is of course one of the major challenges of our time, since the old development model will no longer do. Full article

Climate finance - moving beyond the 'polluter pays'

Channing Arndt

The polluter pays principle (PPP) undeniably has intuitive appeal. However, perhaps now is the time to adopt a framework within which the logic of differential responsibilities between developed and developing countries remains intact, but which is based on variations in capabilities, rather than culpability for the problem of climate change. Full article


Measures of inequality – how much are we willing to allow top earners to squeeze the poor?

Since the financial crisis of 2008, policy makers and economists have grown more concerned with the issue of income inequality. Recent studies have shown that income and wealth inequality has been on the rise and is higher than ever in many developing and developed countries. Full article

A colonial legacy? - Income inequality in former British African colonies

The presence of European colonial powers in Africa has left a long-lasting legacy that has severely impacted their development trajectories. But what are the lingering effects of colonisation on economic performance, in particular with regard to inequality? Full article


Inequality and the labour market in South Africa - an interview with Murray Leibbrandt

South Africa, like Brazil, is a microcosm of the world.  In this interview Leibbrandt explains the historical reasons why this is so, and why inequality persists in the country. He discusses job losses in mining and agriculture, as well as the informal sector and the impact of public works programmes. Watch interview here


The End of History

Ravi Kanbur

Trying to understand legitimate alternative views on economic policy, being open and nuanced in messages rather than closed and hard, is not only good analytics, it is good politics as well. History is clearly not at an end. Full Article

WIDERAngle newsletter
April 2015
ISSN 1238-9544

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