Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
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.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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Working PaperRevisiting the methodology of Myrdal in Asian Drama 50 years on
This paper reviews the main methodological innovations in Asian Drama ...Gunnar Myrdal Institutions
Working PaperMultidimensional poverty of children in Mozambique
We analyse the multidimensional wellbeing of children aged 0–17 in Mozambique and find that 46.3 per cent can be considered multidimensionally poor...Multidimensional poverty Children Child wellbeing
Our Visiting Scholars Programme gives qualified scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues, and to participate in UNU-WIDER activities. Deadline for applications is 30 September 23:59 UTC+3.
VacanciesVisiting PhD Fellowship
Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in...
ConferenceThink development – Think WIDER
For more than 30 years, UNU-WIDER has been associated with some of the most advanced thinking in development economics. Since the Institute’s start in 1985, UNU-WIDER has undertaken research on all the principal themes of development economics. It...
Working PaperEarnings polarization, ethnicity, and regional perspective in Indonesia
Recently, quantitative methods have been increasingly used in ethnicity research, which traditionally has relied mainly on qualitative methods...Ethnicity Earnings inequality Regional characteristics
BlogBaseline survey on Mozambican university graduates’ school-to-work transitions – looking forward to the launch
Baseline Survey on the School-to-Work Transitions of University Graduates in Mozambique will be launched on 4 September...Higher education Mozambique labour markets
Research BriefPotential benefits and pitfalls of extractives in Mozambique: Lessons from international experience
Mozambique has seen a significant expansion of interest and investment in its extractive industries...Extractive industries Resource curse Policy coordination
Working PaperSix development paths in Southeast Asia: Three plus three
Six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand) defied Gunnar Myrdal’s pessimistic prognosis in his 1968 volume, Asian Drama, regarding their prospects for devel...Agricultural productivity Investments, Foreign Industrial policy
NewsUNU-WIDER shortlisted for the Prospect Think Tank Awards 2018
UNU-WIDER has been shortlisted for the Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank Awards 2018 . The Institute is ranked in the category of international economic & financial think tanks based on the research on industrial policy, including the project...Think tanks Industrial policy
Working PaperChina’s growth miracle in the context of Asian transformation
Myrdal did not cover China in his Asian Drama. If he did, he would have been most likely pessimistic about China, as he was about other Asian countries in his book...Transitional economies Economic growth Poverty
Journal Special IssueLegal Empowerment and Group-Based Inequality
The articles in the forthcoming special issue are already available online on full open access. The special issue will be officially published in March 2019, vol. 55, issue 3...Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 22 - The political economy of structural transformation - has democracy failed African economies?
The 2018 WIDER Annual Lecture which will be given by Professor Ernest Aryeetey. He will discuss the political economy of structural transformation in Africa. The lecture looks at how various political regimes and economic policies have shaped the...
BookIndustries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
Early view: When published this book will become Open Access. By 2030 more than three quarters of the world's absolute poor are projected to live in Africa...industry Growth Investment
Journal ArticleA human rights-consistent approach to multidimensional welfare measurement applied to sub-Saharan Africa
The rights-based approach to development targets progress towards the realization of 30 articles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In current practice, progress is frequently measured using the multidimensional poverty index...first-order dominance Sub-Saharan Africa demographic and health survey
BlogMozambique: Improving our understanding of the potential of manufacturing
Mozambique’s manufacturing industry is facing many challenges. Nevertheless, we should not underestimate its linkages to the rest of the economy and its potential in terms of job creation and structural transformation...Manufacturing firms Manufacturing Manufacturing industries
BookTowards Gender Equity in Development
Early view: When published this book will become Open Access. As a result of widespread mistreatment and overt discrimination, women in the developing world often lack autonomy...Gender Equality Discrimination
ProjectSouthern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region, through original research conceived and produced in collaboration between United Nations University World...
BlogLessons from the resettlement of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Vietnamese forced migrants in Germany
Hiếu (pseudonym) embodies the ‘good refugee’ story. In 1979, he fled Vietnam by boat and eventually resettled in the Federal Republic of (West) Germany, as did many others ...Integration International migration Refugees
BlogYoung Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in the UK: Does more education mean better futures?
Education is my freedom ... if I have my education, everything is still possible for me in the future. Mohammed grinned, and looked down at his newly acquired university student card...Migration Refugees Youth
BlogSuccessfully integrating refugee populations: What can we learn from the experience of Vietnamese Americans?
Policy makers should see integration and upward mobility, and not simply placement and survival, as goals of resettlement of refugees...Migration Refugees Integration
BlogObstacles for Mozambique’s manufacturing firms amplified by macroeconomic disturbances
Mozambique has been facing macroeconomic difficulties since 2015. This has amplified the obstacles for micro, small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, but the actual problems lie deeper ...Manufacturing firms Structural transformation Macroeconomic policy
Request for research proposalsRegional growth and development for southern Africa’s prosperity
UNU-WIDER, the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa (NT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) invite proposals from qualified researchers for high quality economic and/or political economy analysis in any of the five focus...
NewsUNU-WIDER congratulates Professor Njuguna Ndung’u on his new appointment
Professor Njuguna Ndung’u has been appointed as the next African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Executive Director effective September 1, 2018. Over the years Professor Ndung’u has held a number of top positions in the field of...
ProjectWIID - 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...
Journal ArticleHow polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution...Polarization Bipolarization Polarization measures
The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work touching on structural transformation, inclusion, and...WIDER Seminar Series
Journal ArticleThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...fiscal capacity intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa