Annual Lecture 25 by Bina Agarwal
Women’s struggle for land in South Asia: Can legal reforms trump social norms? Join the online lecture on 9 December. Read more
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Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Developing Fiscal States in Africa
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Request for research proposalsEconomic Transformation Database
UNU-WIDER is seeking proposals for original research on the Economic Transformation Database (ETD) project. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Submission deadline: 31 January 2022,...
Request for research proposalsSocial protection, taxation, and crises
UNU-WIDER is seeking proposals for original research on social protection and taxation in times of crises in developing countries. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Submission...
NewsCALL FOR PAPERS | IEA-WIDER joint panels at the 2022 WIDER Development Conference in Bogota
The International Economic Association (IEA) and UNU-WIDER will co-host two joint sessions during the 2022 WIDER Development Conference, to be held (on-site) in Bogota, Colombia, on October 5-7, 2022, in partnership with Universidad de los Andes (...
Working PaperIndustrialization in developing countries: is it related to poverty reduction?
This paper proposes an empirical framework that relates poverty reduction to production growth...Poverty Production Growth
SeminarThe Effects of Political Reservations on Credit Access and Borrowing Composition - Evidence from India
Working PaperThe effect of fiscal drag on income distribution and work incentives: A microsimulation analysis on selected African countries
Although the effect of fiscal drag is well studied in the industrialized world, empirical evidence from developing economies remains limited...Inflation Income tax Fiscal drag
BlogConflict-prone countries are not doomed to an eternal trap
The situation of Afghanistan has drawn a picture of a poor, conflict-prone, doomed country. But this does not have to be the case...Least Developed Countries Productivity Sustainable development
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 25 - Women’s struggle for land in South Asia: Can legal reforms trump social norms?
A century has passed since women in Undivided India, now divided into several countries of South Asia, demanded equal rights in property — especially land, the most important means of production in developing economies. The struggle continued...
Working PaperTowards greater poverty reduction in Zambia: Simulating potential Cash Plus reforms using MicroZAMOD
A large share of the population in Zambia is living below the national poverty line...Poverty Zambia Social protection
BlogVirtuous circles and downward spirals: The power of ideas & the limits of technocracy
What will it take to shake loose the distemper of our times, and initiate a virtuous spiral of renewal?...Sustainable development Institutional quality Democracy
Working PaperThe changing nature of work and inequality in Brazil (2003–19): A descriptive analysis
In this paper we use different sources of data on job task content to investigate the importance of occupations and the intensity of routine tasks embodied in them in explaining changes in employment and earnings in Brazil, in particular their relati...Brazil Inequality Polarization
ArticleUNU-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...COVID-19
BlogThe zero carbon agenda and metals demand: some major dilemmas
The transition to net zero over the next few decades will involve a large increase in the global demand for many metals essential to the renewables revolution driving that transition...COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
BlogThe value of non-renewable resources in the era of climate change
The economic decline of Nauru, an island in the Central Pacific, is a cautionary tale. Nauru was the highest GDP per capita country in the world in the 1970s, due to the value of its phosphate deposits...COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
Working PaperAn assessment of presumptive tax in Uganda: Evaluating the 2020 reform and four alternative reform scenarios using UGAMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Uganda
Presumptive tax, a final tax on business income, was introduced in Uganda in 1997. The latest reform to the regime in July 2020 sought to make the system more progressive, simpler, and fairer to small firms...presumptive tax Tax administration Small business
Working PaperImproving young women’s working conditions in Tanzania’s urban food vending sector
In this paper, we investigate the working conditions of the young women working as assistants in the food vending sector in Tanzania using interviews and focus group discussions which are supplemented with quantitative survey...Tanzania Working conditions Food retailing
BlogDr Pia Rattenhuber on inequality in crises — an interview
How do crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic influence inequality and the other way around? This year’s UN Day Dresden put a spotlight on “ Inequalities in Crises ”...Inequality COVID-19 Crisis
BlogGlobal inequality may be falling, but the gap between haves and have-nots is growing
In one of the most unequal countries in the world, South Africa, the poorest 40% have annual incomes of less than US$1,000 (£727) per person...
Working PaperWhat works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality?: A systematic review
Over the past two decades, research on the impacts of a diverse range of public policies and income inequality has seen rapid growth...Income inequality Systematic review Tax policy
BlogAfghanistan 2021: A quickly made long tragedy
The tragedy for the Afghan people of the Taliban re-taking control of the country in August 2021 is the denouement of a process 20 years in the making...Problem Driven Iterative Adaption State capacity
ConferenceCOVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
SESSION RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges, and undone hard-earned progress on the pathway to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
BlogReducing wasted gas emissions is an opportunity for clean air and climate
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is seen as the last best chance for countries and companies to set out how they are actually going to deliver the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) target of no more tha...COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
BlogHelping the poor to survive lockdown
The Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project has been tracking the daily spending of 60 poor households in rural Bangladesh for the last six years...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Working PaperNorms that matter: Exploring the distribution of women’s work between income generation, expenditure-saving, and unpaid domestic responsibilities in India
Based on primary data from India, this paper analyses the reasons underlying women’s low labour force participation. In developing countries, women engaged in unpaid economic work in family enterprises are often not counted as workers...Female labour force participation India Social norms
Working PaperThe regulation of interconnection and regulatory alignment in the Southern African Development Community
This paper analyses interconnection in telecommunications markets in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, focusing on cross-border roaming as well as international interconnection...Southern African Development Community Competition Regulation