Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
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 step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | 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.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Request for research proposalsMigration 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)...
BookMicro, 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 papersConference: 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).
Journal ArticleDouble 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...
LearningIndustrial 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
BlogHow 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 BriefThe 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
BlogInforming 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 PaperSocial 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
BlogBuilding 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 ArticleAre 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 PaperIs 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 ArticleEducational 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?...
About2019 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
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
Journal Special IssueWelfare 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
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...
NewsWomen 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...
ConferenceAchieving 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...
Policy BriefUnequal 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
BlogBook 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...
ConferenceGlobal partnerships for sustainable development
VacanciesAssociate 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...
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
BlogA 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
BookThe 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 PaperGlobotics 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 PaperWas 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
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...