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Photo: Brett Davies Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants out now Economics social sciences Social mobility
CALL FOR PAPERS | IEA-WIDER joint panels at the 2022 WIDER Development Conference in Bogota
Request for research proposals
Detecting and countering illicit financial flows – Second call

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) together with the Development Economics Research Group at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH-DERG) invite proposals for papers examining the challenge of...

Closing date: 15 March 2022
Submit questions by 1 March 2022
Diana Mitlin on why urban poverty in sub-Saharan Africa needs more attention
1 February 2022 16:0017:00
Online, Helsinki, Finland
Open for registration
Policy Brief
Six sets of policy actions to promote social mobility

Promoting social mobility is an essential task of development, and a multi-faceted one. Precarious livelihoods are widespread. Containing downward mobility is an important precondition for sustaining upward mobility...

Social mobility Poverty Inequality
The pandemic and Africa's social safety net

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that African tax and social-benefit systems are currently ill-equipped to protect households from sudden income losses...

Tax-benefit microsimulation SOUTHMOD Sub-Saharan Africa
An African in Africa: New perspectives on travelling for research

Working for an international organisation presents a host of challenges, given the vast nature of tasks that one must surmount in a fast paced and changing environment...

Zambia Ghana Africa
Request for research proposals
Social 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...

Closing date: 31 January 2022
Submit questions by 15 January 2022
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa

UNU-WIDER is running its popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa , as a self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. This course is based on a...

Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
MOOC lecture
Working Paper
The gender productivity gap: Evidence from the Indian informal sector

We examine the patterns and correlates of the productivity gap between male-owned and female-owned firms for informal enterprises in India...

Gender Productivity gap India
Journal Article
Rural financial intermediation and poverty reduction in Ghana: A micro-level analysis

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | The financial sector in rural areas, where most of the poor people in sub-Saharan Africa are found, has transformed massively in recent times, notably through the increased penetration of several types of rural financi...

Rural financial intermediation Poverty reduction Welfare
Ending aid dependency: Taxation in developing countries can be improved through collaboration

Finland aims to raise the amount of its development assistance to 0.7% of GDP, and this goal has good grounds. But how can we make sure that the countries receiving the donor funding will not stay dependent on the external aid for a long time?...

Tax compliance Tanzania Tax administration
Working Paper
Industrialization 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
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...

Request for research proposals
Economic 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,...

Closing date: 31 January 2022
Submit questions by 15 January 2022
Working Paper
The 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
Conflict-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
Working Paper
Towards 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
Virtuous 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 Paper
The 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
Policy Brief
New directions for presumptive tax in Uganda Uganda presumptive tax Tax administration
Working Paper
An 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
COVID-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.

6 September 20218 September 2021
Past event
Dr 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
Global 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 Paper
What 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
Reducing 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
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