Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
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...
SeminarBrian Levy and Alan Hirsch on the challenge of economic inclusion in South Africa
NewsUnderstanding taxpayer behaviour better – New data research collaboration in Zambia Taxation Tax administration data Zambia
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
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
SeminarClaudio Ferraz on agrarian elites, education, and long-term development
Request for research proposalsWorld Income Inequality Database
UNU-WIDER is seeking to commission research papers from researchers working in inequality, income distribution, welfare, and related fields who would like to contribute to the World Income Inequality Database project. Submission deadline: 31 October...
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
VacanciesSenior Systems Analyst P-2
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to join the Institute's Operational Support Unit in the ICT Team in a leadership role to strengthen the ICT division at UNU-WIDER. Closing date: 12 October 2021...
BlogSocial protection at a crossroad
How can we ensure a resilient and inclusive recovery from COVID-19? How can we hold on to the target of eradicating poverty and hunger by 2030, with the pandemic still ongoing?...COVID-19 Social assistance Social protection
SeminarLong-run impacts of in-utero Ramadan exposure: evidence from administrative tax records
Mazhar Waseem presents at the WIDER Seminar Series on 15 September. Abstract Using Ramadan fasting as a natural experiment, we estimate the long-run impacts of in-utero environment on labor market outcomes . We exploit administrative tax return data...
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
NewsUNU-WIDER releases first Annual Report for 35-year anniversary
To celebrate 35 years of influencing development and practice, UNU-WIDER released its first Annual Report . 2020 marked the 35th anniversary of UNU-WIDER, 45 years since the establishment of the United Nations University (UNU), as well as 75 years...COVID-19
NewsBuilding up fair taxation – New data research collaboration in Tanzania Taxation Tanzania Administrative capacity
BlogUnlocking the mystery of domestic savings: What difference do they make?
The socioeconomic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore discussions on domestic resource mobilization (hereafter DRM)...Domestic revenue mobilization Domestic savings Investments
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
ConferenceCOVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges, and undone hard-earned progress on the pathway to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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
Research BriefIs technical and vocational education and training a solution for youth unemployment?: The dynamics of school-to-work transition of TVET graduates in Mozambique
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is often seen as a silver bullet resolving issues ranging from youth unemployment to labour market-related structural change...Mozambique Education policy Employment
Policy BriefThe economic gains of reducing the employment gender gap in Morocco
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, including Morocco, currently record the lowest rates of female labour force participation (FLFP) in the world...Female labour force participation Gender gap Employment
BlogStunted growth, orphans, and access to sanitation services in South Africa
Stunted growth in early life has serious implications for cognitive development and is a well-established constraint to individual productivity and life expectancy...Child wellbeing Child nutrition South Africa
BlogLong-term research in Tanzania sheds light on the reasons rural households diversify their income
Researchers and policymakers have long asked whether rural households in Africa diversify their income to spread risk or by seizing opportunities to increase their earning potential...
BlogDo resource rich economies have better or worse human development outcomes?
Although increasingly challenged , we often hear that being resource rich can adversely affect growth prospects...
NewsUNU-WIDER releases guidebook on economic growth in fragile contexts Fragile states Inclusive growth Elites
NewsThree UNU-WIDER books in top five most accessed economics titles on Oxford Scholarship Online
According to a listing by Oxford University Press, three UNU-WIDER books are among its top five most visited economics titles during the past year (April 2020–March 2021).
Working PaperThe mitigating role of tax and benefit rescue packages for poverty and inequality in Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper analyses the distributional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related tax-benefit measures in 2020 in a cross-country comparative perspective for five African countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia...COVID-19 Income distribution Poverty
Working PaperThe effects of a risk-based approach to tax examinations: Evidence from Tanzania
While technical assistance and increased use of ICT in the area of tax administration have been regarded to hold considerable promise for greater revenue collection, the evidence on how these activities work in the real-world circumstances of develop...Risk-based approach Tax compliance Tanzania