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New data on income inequality – WIID3.4 released

The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database ― widely known by its acronym WIID ― collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income...

Call for papers
WIDER Development Conference - Public economics for development

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) will organize a two-day conference on public economics for development, in Maputo, Mozambique on 5-6 July 2017. Despite successes in poverty reduction and...

Closing date: 13 March 2017
Application submissions
Professors Jo Beall and Martha Chen join the WIDER Board
Working Paper
Are taxes good for your health?

The global framework for financing development, adopted in 2015, places great emphasis on mobilizing domestic resources to finance the Sustainable Development Goals, which include universal healthcare. In a recent paper Reeves et al...

Taxation Health Resource revenues
Inclusive growth in Mozambique - scaling-up research and capacity

The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population. This will be pursued through a focused research and capacity-building effort, meant to increase...

Mozambique Employment generation Industrial policy
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In memoriam – Sir Tony Atkinson, leading inequality economist, 1944-2017

It was with great sadness that we received the news of UNU-WIDER’s friend and colleague Professor Sir Tony Atkinson’s passing on 1 January 2017. Tony Atkinson was a pioneer in inequality research, how to measure it, and how to reduce it...

Working Paper
Mapping deprivation in Mozambique: An analysis of census data (1997–2007)

In this study we analyse the evolution of deprivation indicators and of a multidimensional poverty index using Mozambican census data for 1997 and 2007...

Multidimensional poverty Deprivation Mozambique
Working Paper
Race, resources, and representation: Evidence from Brazilian politicians

What explains the persistence of racial or ethnic inequalities in political representation, in the absence of strongly politicized racial or ethnic cleavages?...

descriptive representation racial democracy Brazil
Prospects for a Tanzanian transformation

Researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international institutions recently gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss prospects for a transformation of Tanzania’s economy...

Transformation Growth Informal sector (Economics)
Policy Brief
Experiments in government performance

Experimental studies using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are a powerful tool in policy analysis. They have been sometimes hailed as the best means of identifying ‘what works’ in development policy...

experiments Economic Policy and Good Governance
Common factors in conflict-induced state fragility

What does it mean to be a fragile state?...

Conflict Fragile states
Working Paper
Gender matters: Private sector training in Vietnamese SMEs

In many developing countries the skill base is a cause of concern with respect to international competition. Firm-provided training is generally seen as an important tool for bridging the skills gap between labour force and private sector demand...

Training Wages SME
Policy Brief
Made in Africa: The challenge of industrialization

International goals and Africa’s aspirations The international community has a new set of development goals, and they reflect Africa’s aspirations much more closely than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they replaced...

Competition Econometrics Globalization
Project workshop
Towards gender equity in development

An international group of senior researchers will come together at the ‘Towards gender equity in development’ workshop on 3-4 February 2017 to present work stemming from the ongoing project on gender and development . Fifteen papers will...

3 February 2017 09:004 February 2017 19:00
University of Namur, Faculty of Economics, Social Sciences and Business Administration, Rempart de la Vierge 8, Namur, Belgium
Research Brief
Potential impacts of climate change on national water supply in South Africa

Climate change risks for run-off and irrigation demand vary significantly across South Africa, with some regions expected to experience increased drying and others flooding Smaller impacts on water resources by 2050 are expected if global emissions a...

Climate change Economic development Economic growth
Press release
Trickle-down economics is not a tenable premise for development, leading economists argue in Stockholm Statement

Thirteen of the world's leading development economists* — including four former Chief economists of the World Bank and 10 prominent members of the UNU-WIDER global network — have released the Stockholm Statement, in which they summarize what they...

New Directions in Development Economics
Why migrants need to be factored into responses to unexpected crises

No country is immune from unexpected crises, such as sudden breakouts of violence, war, or natural disasters...

Migration Humanitarian assistance
Working Paper
Patterns and trends of group-based inequality in Brazil

In this paper, we analyse the patterns and trends of group-based inequalities in Brazil in the past 30 years...

Brazil Group-based inequality Ethnic diversity
WIID - World Income Inequality Database

World Income Inequality Database (WIID), collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be...

Stockholm Statement – Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world

Thirteen economists, which included four former Chief Economists of the World Bank, met over two days at Saltsjöbaden, Sweden, on 16-17 September 2016, to discuss the challenges faced by today’s economic policy makers. The meeting was...

New Directions in Development Economics Equality and inequality Sustainable development
Some good news from Mozambique: poverty levels have been reduced

There has been a serious deficit of good news in Mozambique for quite some time...

Equality and inequality Poverty
Policy Brief
Aid for governance: How to support effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions for sustainable development?

Aiding government effectiveness in developing countries has been a priority issue for the international donor community since the 1990s...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Working Paper
The impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania

Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs) There is already a well-established body of literature in public finance, which argues that intergovernmental grants ‘crowd out’ local revenue...

Finance, Public
Poverty and wellbeing in Mozambique

The gains have been substantial and have occurred in both rural and urban zones...

Consumption (Economics) Poverty
Policy Brief
Aid and employment: Creating good jobs in Africa

The prevailing narrative about growth and development in Africa has shifted dramatically. During the1980s and 90s pessimism abounded. Today, a more optimistic narrative of development in the region largely reigns. However challenges still remain...

Achieving gender equality in India: what works, and what doesn’t

Discrimination against women and girls is a pervasive and long-running phenomenon that characterises Indian society at every level...

Effective taxation policies to promote equitable growth and development

Taxation is a crucial source of revenue for countries around the world and plays an important role in development efforts...

Economic development Taxation
Extractives for development (E4D)

Natural resource wealth has often turned out to be a ‘curse’ rather than a ‘blessing’ for developing countries. Growth based exclusively on natural resources—such as oil, gas, and minerals—is often of a very...

Wealth Natural resources Management
Working Paper
Formalizing safety nets and the requirements to obtain them: An increased role for identity documents in the Global South

Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country...

Pensions Transfer payments
Africa's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa’s future Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast-growing and/or economically dominant African countries...

Poverty and wellbeing in Mozambique

The gains have been substantial and have occurred in both rural and urban zones...

Consumption (Economics) Poverty
Tax and development - setting the agenda
1 November 2016
Sustainability room, UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
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