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Understanding agricultural development and change: Learning from Vietnam

Agriculture is the backbone of most developing economies and structural transformation an important vehicle for economic development in low-income agrarian contexts...

Journal Special Issue
Income inequalities and redistribution in China

This special section presents the main findings about long-run trends in inequality in China and its driving factors as they emerge from a country case study carried out under a UNU-WIDER-supported project...

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Research Brief
How important are management practices for micro, small, and medium enterprises in Vietnam? Entrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics) Small and medium enterprises
UNU-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...

The labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women

With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020, 1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the wors...

COVID-19 Gender inequality Labour force participation
Research Brief
Lessons from the transformations of Asian states State Democracy Redistribution
The debate around intellectual property rights and the COVID-19 vaccine

The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is by vaccinating against infection. But once the vaccine is developed, how can it be distributed across the world’s population?...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights
Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...

COVID-19 Economics shocks
Research Brief
Social protection as a political brand: Example from Malawi Elections Political branding Social protection
Background Note
Making a COVID-19 vaccine globally available once developed: Decoupling production of the vaccine from its development

Development and production of a COVID-19 vaccine There is a high risk that the intellectual property (IP) rights of a COVID-19 vaccine will effectively block people in many poorer countries from accessing it...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine Intellectual property
Working Paper
Precarity and the pandemic: COVID-19 and poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries

This paper makes a set of estimates for the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries and on the distribution of global poverty...

COVID-19 crisis global poverty
Background Note
COVID-19 and the socioeconomic impact in Africa: The case of Ghana

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ghana on 12 March 2020 by the health ministry...

COVID-19 economic impact Ghana
2019 UNU-WIDER Summer School

UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at University of Cape Town (UCT), held a two-week intensive summer school on applied labour economics during 18-29 November 2019. Find below blogs from particpants, photos...

Capacity building Labour market Labour market participation
Summer School 2019
In the media
The cost of the pandemic to the poor – media on new research on impact of COVID-19 on global poverty

In a new paper , researchers from UNU-WIDER, Kings College London, and the Australian National University confirmed recent estimates on the shocking impact of COVID-19 on global poverty. They called on global leaders to take urgent action to avert a...

Journal Article
Inequality by population groups and income sources: Accounting for inequality changes in Spain during the recession

I discuss a new approach which decomposes inequality into the contributions of population groups by income sources...

Decomposition Recession Earnings inequality
Policy Brief
Designing inclusive public finance policies in developing countries: Five key issues and solutions Public economics Public finance International taxation
Journal Article
Vulnerability to natural shocks: Assessing the short-term impact on consumption and poverty of the 2015 flood in Mozambique

Mozambique is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world. A bigger than usual, and mostly unexpected, flood occurred in the central-northern region of the country in the first few months of 2015, causing huge damage to infrastructures...

Welfare impact Flood Difference-in-difference
Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries - Towards LDC-V

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Working Paper
COVID-19: macroeconomic dimensions in the developing world

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global crisis. The task for economic policy is to help keep people alive, enterprises afloat, and households out of poverty. The pandemic has macroeconomic dimensions...

commodities COVID-19 Debts
Who gets to work from home?: A suddenly relevant indicator of privilege and inequality in labour market outcomes

The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented shock for labour markets around the world. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as social distancing, and limits on economic activity and mobility of people, are a necessary response...

Journal Article
Tax-motivated transfer mispricing in South Africa: Direct evidence using transaction data

This paper provides the first direct systematic evidence of profit shifting through transfer mispricing in a developing country...

Tax International taxation Profit shifting
The end of poverty postponed?: Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter...

COVID-19 global poverty global poverty increase
COVID-19 and lockdowns: Are women more affected?

Globally, governments are using lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has disproportionately affected the poor, the homeless, and the migrants who are left without livelihoods, especially where the lockdown is country-wide, as in India...

Journal Article
The Determinants of Redistribution around the World

This study re-examines the determinants of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...

Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality
A virus up-close UNU-WIDER's operations continue during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic COVID19 Global health
Working Paper
COVID-19: mortality, future years lost, and demographic structure: Italy and Kenya compared

COVID-19 causes extremely high mortality among the old...

age structure COVID-19 future years lost
UNU-WIDER work programme 2019-2023: Transforming economies, states, and societies

Creating, strengthening, and sharing knowledge for development Over the period 2019–23 UNU-WIDER research will focus on the interlinked development challenges of transforming economies, states, and societies. These transformations are central...

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