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Migration and South Africa

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with its partners, now invites research proposals related to migration for the Southern Africa Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)...

Closing date: 6 April 2020
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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics...

SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
Call for papers
Conference: Evidence to enhance inclusive growth

The annual conference of the Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling up research and capacity programme will be held on 5-6 November 2020 in Maputo, Mozambique. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2020 (23:59 UTC+3).

Closing date: 15 April 2020
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Journal Article
Double Dividends and Mixed Blessings: Structural Transformation, Income Inequality and Employment Dynamics

ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: This article focuses on structural transformation, employment, and inequality dynamics...

Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa

In February 2020, UNU-WIDER is launching its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa , as a self-paced course. This course is based on a decade of research by UNU-WIDER, in...

Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
MOOC lecture
How a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality

In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...

Administrative data Employment Gender
Policy Brief
The politics of social protection in Eastern and Southern Africa: Actors, institutions and dynamics

Since the mid-1990s, there has been in Africa something of a ‘quiet revolution’ in poverty reduction strategies with the proliferation of social assistance programmes that entail cash transfers to the poor...

Social protection Social assistance International development organizations
Informing policy for a brighter future in Cameroon: Rose’s Summer School experience

In developing countries in general, and Cameroon in particular, young people struggle to get the quality of education needed for upward social mobility...

Working Paper
Social mobility and inequality between groups

The relationship between social mobility and inequality is well studied in the literature, but far greater attention has been paid to ‘vertical’ than to ‘horizontal’ inequality...

Social mobility Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality
Building skills to influence policy at home and abroad: Learning and growing with UNU-WIDER

UNU-WIDER has featured prominently in my research career to date...

Journal Article
Are less developed countries more exposed to multinational tax avoidance?

ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: This paper uses a global dataset with information about 210,000 corporations in 142 countries to investigate whether tax avoidance by multinational firms is more prevalent in less-developed countries...

International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
Working Paper
Is there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies

States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...

state capacity fiscal capacity Resource curse
Journal Article
Educational Opportunities in Indonesia: Are Factors Outside Individual Responsibility Persistent Over Time?

Not all sources of inequality in educational achievements are fair. But how strong and persistent is the burden of unequal opportunities that each person carries on in their life?...

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
Research Associate

UNU-WIDER is looking for one outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support one or both of the following two projects: (1) Institutions project (2) Domestic financing project. Closing date: 9 March 2020, 23:59 UTC+2

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/12
Closing date: 9 March 2020
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Journal Special Issue
Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global South

This special issue presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration...

Welfare Redistribution global south
Research Associate

UNU-WIDER is looking for three outstanding individuals with strong commitment and potential to support 'Enterprises, livelihoods, and compliance' and 'SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development' projects. Closing date: 11 March...

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/07
Closing date: 11 March 2020
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Women and Girls in Science 2020 campaign

Video of Women in Science - With Simone Schotte On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science . UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a...

Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries – Towards LDC-V

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is organizing an academic Conference in collaboration with UNU-WIDER and the...

15 October 2020 09:0016 October 2020 17:00
Bangladesh © World Bank
Policy Brief
Unequal growth in Mozambique and the region

There is an increasing interest in the analysis of economic inequalities in least developed countries...

Poverty Growth Unequal growth
Book review of Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development: Completing a trilogy on Asia’s transformation

Deepak Nayyar — economist, thinker, leading scholar — has written yet another splendid book...

Dylan LowthianUNDP Global partnerships for sustainable development
26 June 2020 08:3027 June 2020 17:30
Scandic Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki, Finland
Associate Programme Officer

UNU-WIDER is looking for outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the programme management of the institute. The incumbent is a crucial team member of UNU-WIDER’s Partnerships...

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/FTA/APO/151531
Closing date: 26 February 2020
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WIDER Seminar Series

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 related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme. In...

WIDER Seminar Series
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A summer of learning: Takeaways from the first UNU-WIDER Summer School

As an applied economist working as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria, opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with peers can be few and far between...

Labour market Household data Economic policy
The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa

The notion that social protection should be a key strategy for reducing poverty in developing countries has now been mainstreamed within international development policy and practice...

Social protection Social assistance International development organizations
Working Paper
Globotics and development: When manufacturing is jobless and services are tradable

Globalization and robotics (globotics) are transforming the world economy at an explosive pace since they are driven by digital technology that is advancing in phenomenal increments...

Globalization robotics Service-led development
Working Paper
Was Kuznets right?: New evidence on the relationship between structural transformation and inequality

We examine the Kuznets postulate that structural transformation leads to higher inequality using comparable panel data for a large number of developing and developed countries for 1960–2012...

Structural transformation Inequality Kuznets
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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