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30 Years of economics for development

WIDERAngle February 2015

From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison

February found UNU-WIDER busy sending out Calls for Papers on topics ranging from social protection to clean energy to discrimination and affirmative action. You can find them here. There are more to come. One way to get regular updates on all our publications and opportunities is to follow UNU-WIDER on twitter @UNUWIDER. I’m now busy tweeting away on @TonysAngle as well.
So sign up, and join us in the global development conversation. Full article

Climate policy and developing country interests

Channing Arndt

Climate policy is particularly pertinent for developing economies due to the higher temperatures generally prevailing in these countries, a higher level of climate sensitivity, and more limited adaptation capacity. UNU-WIDER, as part of its Development Under Climate Change  project , developed a framework which seeks to shed light on several important questions related to climate change policy. Full article


Why ending malnutrition is a quintessential 21st century development goal

Lawrence Haddad

In the run up to the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in September every development issue is clamouring for attention. The constituencies behind each issue run the risk of being accused of ‘bandwagoning’—linking their particular issue to the SDGs when the arguments for such a link are less than strong. Full article


The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Brazil

Despite the potential of the food price crisis to undermine social inclusion—an important priority in Brazil—the government’s reaction was fairly muted. Rising food prices did reduce household welfare, hitting the poorest the hardest. However the compensating effect of income from labour in agriculture, together with transfers from government social programmes, mitigated that impact considerably. Full article

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Egypt

The Egyptian food system has been affected by both global food markets and domestic factors. During the recent global food price crisis, an estimated 30–40 percent of the price fluctuations in the global food market were transmitted to Egypt’s food market. Domestically, government subsidies for agricultural inputs and a wide array of food products have put downward pressure on the prices of food staples and sometimes caused supply bottlenecks and created black markets.​ Full article


Finn Tarp on Growth and Inequality

Watch our Director, Finn Tarp, being interviewd by the Uongozi Institute on the subject of growth and inequality. The programme was originally aired on ITV Tanzania. Watch interview here


Global Inequality in historical perspective

Richard Jolly

Some of the greatest economists and philosophers of one or two centuries ago were bold and outspoken about the injustices of extreme inequalities then existing nationally and internationally. Their words stand in sharp contrast to the more measured descriptions of analysts today. Yet by almost every standard, global income inequalities have grown substantially since that period – just as national inequality has grown and appears to be growing over the last two or three decades. Full Article

WIDERAngle newsletter
February 2015
ISSN 1238-9544

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