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Like it or not, poor countries are increasingly dependent on mining and oil & gas
Alan Roe's new blog on the extractive industries and development
PhD Internships and Visiting Scholars
Applications for PhD Interns are open in March and September every year. Applications for Visiting Scholars are open in September. Visit our learning page for more information.
New open access book - Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Two cheers for growth and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa, but not three. Download new open access OUP book now!
Watch WIDER Annual Lecture 20
WIDER Annual Lecture by Martin Ravallion on direct interventions against poverty in poor places is available to watch now.
Will Norway’s model of Sovereign Wealth Fund work in Tanzania?
Alan Roe's new blog post discusses the problematic of transplanting pre-existing SWF models into a low-income African context
Development research and changing priorities
Read Amartya Sen's Annual Lecture in which he discusses the new challenges to development.
Does foreign aid harm political institutions?
Open access article by Sam Jones and Finn Tarp in Journal of Development Economics
Working PaperCapital flight and development: An overview of concepts, methods, and data sources
This paper offers a critical review of the methods used to estimate the extent of capital flight and illicit financial flows from developing countries...Capital Taxation
BlogNew gas finds in lower-income Africa – the case of Tanzania
There has been great excitement in recent years about the huge oil and gas finds, offshore and onshore, in a number of lower- and lower-middle-income countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and, more recently, Kenya...
NewsPress release - Global income inequality has declined in relative terms, but gone up substantially in absolute amounts
Helsinki, Finland – Researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) have found that during the last four decades global income inequality decreased substantially in ‘relative...
BookManufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia
This book is Open Access, click here to download...Competition Econometrics Globalization
BlogImproving adult health increases children’s schooling - evidence from Zambia
Both health and education are essential for reducing poverty. Unfortunately, the two are often interlinked and in many countries both are severely lacking...Economic growth Education Health
Working PaperEthnic and racial disparities in children’s education: Comparative evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Viet Nam
We investigate whether there are racial and ethnic disparities in children’s education in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Viet Nam...Children Education
BlogAfrican Lions - Ghana's job creation successes and obstacles
Over the past two decades, Ghana’s economy experienced an average annual growth rate of 5.8 percent, and became a low-middle income country in 2007...Economic growth Employees Equality and inequality
Working PaperWhy does caste still influence access to agricultural credit?
In India, caste shapes access to a variety of resources and outcomes mainly through its influence on inter-generational prosperity, but also the linked phenomenon of discrimination...Caste Rural development
ProjectUnderstanding the African lions - growth traps and opportunities in six dominant African economies
This project aims to define some of the key constraints facing African economies as they attempt to maintain a long-run economic growth and development trajectory. The work will provide the analytical basis for policy recommendations and value-added...Africa Labour market Growth
BlogAfrican Lions - Tapping the potential of Kenya's economic growth
From 2000-2014, like many other sub-Saharan African countries, Kenya experienced high growth, at an average of 4.37 percent...Economic growth Labor Labor productivity
Research BriefDemographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa
While South Africa’s democratic transition precipitated a period of growth, this growth was not inclusive and both poverty and inequality remain high...Economic growth Labor demand Labor market
BlogExtractive industries and development – taxing profits and investing gains
Industries based on natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals can play a major positive role in the development of low- and middle-income countries, however they can also lead to a very narrow kind of growth which excludes the poor and damages...Industrialization Natural resources
BlogThe relationship between human capital and economic development -status: It’s complicated
Human capital for development Conventional wisdom on economic growth and development emphasizes the importance of human capital. But is the link between education and income as robust as we think?...Economic growth Human capital
ProjectRegional growth and development in Southern Africa
Economies in the Southern Africa region face thorny challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies and the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. This project aims to develop, in conjunction with...South Africa Regional integration Industrialization
BlogThe world’s new middles - Implications for the future of development and aid
The storyline The basic storyline of this blog is economic growth since the Cold War. It is outlined how growth has produced two new middles...Economic growth Equality and inequality Income distribution
Working PaperDo labour market conditions affect the extent of gender discrimination?
The market environment in which discriminatory firms operate may be a relevant determinant of their extent of discrimination. In this paper we aim at analysing the effect of local labour market conditions on a firm’s decision to discriminate...
Working PaperThe history and politics of energy transitions: Comparing contested views and finding common ground
According to some definitions, an energy transition refers to the time that elapses between the introduction of a new primary energy source, or prime mover, and its rise to claiming a substantial share of the overall market...Environmental policy Natural resources Power resources
Journal ArticleEffects of food price shocks on child malnutrition: The Mozambican experience 2008/2009
A propitiously timed household survey carried out in Mozambique over the period 2008/2009 permits us to study the relationship between shifts in food prices and child nutrition status in a low income setting...Children Food industry and trade Inflation (Finance)
ProjectInclusive 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
Policy BriefTwo cheers on growth and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from a 16 country study
While the recovery and acceleration of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since about 1995 has been widely recognized, much less is known about the extent to which this growth has been translated into improvements in welfare for the populati...Economic growth Poverty
BlogCan extractive industries promote development?
I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development ...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
BookGrowth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
This book is Open Access, click here to download...Economic growth Poverty
BlogAfrican Lions - Nigeria's jobless growth
Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country, has recorded high growth in recent years. Indeed, real GDP growth rate was 6.31 in 2014 (compared to the regional average of 4.35)...Economic growth Labor market Poverty
ProjectAfrica's energy futures
As one of the most likely regions of the world to suffer first and most from climate change, Africa has considerable long run incentives to see effective global mitigation policies enacted. However, concerns are frequently and legitimately voiced...Energy infrastructure Renewable energy Power systems
ProjectWIID - World Income Inequality Database
BlogAfrican Lions - Unpacking labor trends and growth in Mozambique
Mozambique, over the last two decades, has experienced explosive growth, with an average GDP growth rate of almost 8 percent between 1997-2015...Economic growth Labor productivity Poverty
BlogMultinational Tax Avoidance in Developing Countries
In recent years many global firms—including Starbucks, Google, and Amazon—have come under fire for avoiding paying taxes in one country by shifting their profits to a country with lower tax rates...International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
BlogWill Norway’s model of Sovereign Wealth Fund work in Tanzania?: A reality check
Several countries in Africa – including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda - have recently discovered large oil and gas or other mineral resources...Economic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Mineral industries