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WIDERAngle June-August 2015

From the Editor’s Desk

Tony Addison

And so we come to the summer Angle. We have just passed the longest day (midsummer) in Helsinki, with 19 or so hours of daylight. The seagulls nesting near the UNU-WIDER office have hatched their chicks, and everyone is looking forward to the summer holiday month of July. Full article

Development Finance: The Role for Aid in Africa

Tony Addison

Aid’s future, its history, and its impact were the topics of a policy seminar held by UNU-WIDER in co-operation with the Embassy of Denmark in Dar es Salaam on 8 June. The Dar event brought together a range of international and local participants, including donors and policy makers, and was opened by Johnny Flentø, Denmark’s ambassador to Tanzania. Full article

Beyond the crisis of the African university - why institutions matter

Roger Williamson

In this article I want to suggest that there are clear indications of a shift in understanding—a growing reassertion of the importance of universities in Africa, an increased awareness that institutions matter, and, from the side of universities, a clearer understanding of the strategies necessary to regain a central role for universities in the region’s development. Full article

What Mozambique can do to achieve rapid economic and social progress

Channing Arndt

Despite the economic growth during the last couple of decades, Mozambique’s struggle to improve living standards has suffered in the 2000s. Among the enormous challenges are political instability, low agricultural productivity, and job creation for a rapidly growing population. Agriculture, which employs about 80% of the working population, and political stability are key to Mozambique's rapid economic and social progress. Full article


The effect of clustering in Tunisia

The clustering of industries in specific areas has improved industrial productivity in a number of countries. Since the mid-1990s in Tunisia concerted policies focused on improving the efficiency of the labour force and the productivity of firms by creating clusters of industries have been introduced. Full article

Clustering, competition, and spillover effects in Cambodia

In Cambodia firm clustering at both the village and commune levels is usually indicative of higher measured firm productivity. However, data also reveal that a large number of competing firms operating within the same sector at either the village or commune level can have a negative impact on the productivity of firms. Full article


Inequality in Latin America and the importance of data - an interviw with Nora Lustig

Roger Williamson

In this interview Professor Nora Lustig talks about the importance of assessing the quality of data, the reasons behind the declining trend in inequality in Latin America, and the Commitment to Equity - project that analyses the contribution of fiscal policy to the changing of inequality and poverty. Watch interview here


Stranger than fiction? Institutions and economic development

Ha-Joon Chang, 2007

Despite a heightened interest in institutions, some important gaps in our understanding remain. We often do not know what kinds of institution are useful for economic development, and even when we can identify a particular institution as beneficial in a given context, we often do not know how it can best be built. Full article

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April 2015
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