NEW PROJECT: Institutional legacies of violent conflict
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Working PaperThe financial inclusion agenda: Examining the role of conventional banks in deepening access to formal credit
Using a unique district-level panel dataset, we investigate the effect of banking system penetration on financial inclusion in Ghana...Banking Financial inclusion Access to credit
SeminarArkebe Oqubay on the economic implications of COVID-19 crisis for developing countries
In the mediaReport on the impact of COVID-19 to Ghana’s labour market hits headlines
A new report from the Transforming informal work and livelihoods project has caught the attention of policy makers and media in Ghana. Researchers from UNU-WIDER and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of...COVID-19 Informal sector Ghana
Policy seminarSA-TIED policy dialogue - climate-related investments: now or later?
ArticleUNU-WIDER ongoing work on the effect of COVID-19 on the economies, states, and societies of the Global South
It is clear that COVID-19 will have serious implications for economies, states, and societies of the Global South. At UNU-WIDER we are reorienting our work to think through what those implications are and possible mitigation and adaptation measures...COVID-19
Working PaperIntergenerational mobility in occupational choices: Are there gender differences in Ghana?
Historically, the issue of intergenerational evolution of income, wealth, and socioeconomic status has been the subject of considerable research in the analysis of inequality...Intergenerational Mobility socioeconomic status Occupational choice
Request for research proposalsAddressing ethnic inequality – experiences of reform
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is now requesting research proposals on a core theme of the Addressing group-based inequalities project: ‘Experiences of Reform’. Proposals for research that...
BlogUnaccompanied asylum-seeking youth in the UK – an interview with an expert: Inequalities in access to education
I recently spoke to Catherine Gladwell, who is the Director and Founder of Refugee Education UK (formerly Refugee Support Network ) and one of the researchers who contributed to our special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on invo...Inequalities Intersecting inequalities Refugees
Working PaperConsolidating behavioural economics and rational choice theory: Insights from inequality research
Using illustrations from research on inequality, this paper offers evidence on the strengths of ‘behavioural synthesis’, i.e. the reconciliation between neoclassical and behavioural economics...Inequality Behavioral economics Behaviour
ConferenceCOVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
Working PaperThe gendered crisis: livelihoods and mental well-being in India during COVID-19
This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India...COVID-19 Informal sector Employment
NewsNo one is safe until everyone is safe: Finland must advance global COVID-19 solidarity COVID-19 vaccine United Nations Finland
Working PaperAnalysis of the distributional effects of COVID-19 and state-led remedial measures in South Africa
This paper explores the impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa on income poverty and inequality in South Africa...Social protection Tax-benefit microsimulation Income distribution
NewsCall for participation: Life with Corona survey round 2
Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions.COVID-19 Trust Pandemic
BlogA world of protest
That we are living in an era of popular protest is undeniable. A quick survey of headlines from around the world — or better yet, your social media feed — reveals countless uprisings unfolding in real time...Social conflict Good governance Social movement
BlogForeign aid can help stem the decline of democracy, if used in the right way
Democracy is having a hard time. In India, once the world’s largest democracy, the pandemic has hastened the country’s slide toward authoritarianism ...Foreign aid Development aid Aid effectiveness
BlogTruly one of a kind – SA-TIED’s Research Assistant programme
Most jobs right out of university are either filled with busy work or too much work—very little time is available for gaining new skills...
BlogA ‘data revolution’ for sustainable development leaves gaps on inequality
Among the many things said about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the description by the President of the UN General Assembly’s 70 th session, Mogens Lykketoft, that the SDGs represented ‘an unprecedented statistical challenge&...Inequality Quantitative research methodology Qualitative research methodology
DatabaseETD – Economic Transformation Database
Open and free to use, the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD) provides comprehensive, long-term, and internationally comparable sectoral data on employment and productivity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The ETD covers:...Economic transformation Employment Productivity
BlogWhy do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?
One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
BlogPersistent gender roles in South Africa deprive women of leisure time
In most countries, traditional gender roles within the household are still common due to the prevalence and persistence of patriarchal systems...South Africa Women's empowerment Women's labour force participation
BlogSupply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico
At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
BlogThe paths and legacies of civil war
Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
BlogOur project on the institutional legacies of violent conflict
One of the most critical challenges in international development today is to understand how best to support peace, security, economic recovery, and legitimate political authority in fragile and conflict-affected countries...Institutions Conflict Post-conflict
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.
BlogIs sexual violence a driver of the early marriage of girls in India?
Marriage at a younger age, generally before the legal age of marriage, is a pervasive practice in many parts of the world...Child Marriage Women's empowerment Crime
BlogUsing tax data to inform economic policy in South Africa
Countries need data and evidence to create, amend, and evaluate policy. Indeed, one of the key mandates of policy makers in South Africa is to make evidence-based policy decisions which improve the policy landscape of the country...