The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa
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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...
In the mediaInternational media and events share lessons from Deepak Nayyar’s new book Asia Economic transformation Gunnar Myrdal
ConferenceGlobal partnerships for sustainable development
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...
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
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 23 - Informality: addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America
The 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture by Santiago Levy is to be held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The event is organized in collaboration with the Graduate Institute’s Centre for...
BookMining for Change: Natural Resources and Industry in Africa
This book is not yet published, expected in January 2020. When published this book will be available open access...Mining Industrial policy Extractive industries
NewsUNU-WIDER and Norad agree on new USD 10 million research and capacity-building programme on domestic revenue mobilization
BookMicro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This book is not yet published, expected in February 2020. When published this book will be available open access...SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
LearningIndustrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa . This course is based on a decade of research by UNU-WIDER, in partnership with the...Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
Journal ArticleImproving Financial Inclusion through the Delivery of Cash Transfer Programmes: The Case of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera Programme
This paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...Cash transfers Financial inclusion
Journal ArticleHow the cases you choose affect the answers you get, revisited
External validity is a major challenge for experimental research...experiments Case study Experimental design
Research BriefRevenue losses from tax-motivated mispricing in South Africa
New research provides the first direct evidence of tax-motivated transfer mispricing in a developing country...Tax International taxation Profit shifting
BlogRandomized control trials – why they deserve the Nobel and what should happen next
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach — randomized control trials (RCTs) — to alleviating global poverty...Development Economics Nobel Prize
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
NewsEditor’s Choice Articles celebrating the EER 50th Anniversary includes UNU-WIDER research
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the European Economics Review (EER), making it one of the oldest general-interest economics journals in Europe. As part of the celebrations, the journal has announced two Editor’s Choice Articles and a...
NewsUNU-WIDER releases new version of the World Income Inequality Database Equality and inequality WIID
Policy BriefAid effectiveness: Growth and beyond
The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...Aid effectiveness aid and growth Development aid
Working PaperThe corruption–growth relationship: Do political institutions matter?
Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
Policy BriefSocial protection, government revenue and microsimulation in developing countries
Social protection has attracted increasing interest in developing countries in recent decades and policies have been initiated in all developing regions...SOUTHMOD Microsimulation modelling Tax-benefit microsimulation
Working PaperInvoluntary migration, inequality, and integration: National and subnational influences
Across the world, we observe different experiences in terms of inequality between migrant and ‘host-country’ populations. What factors contribute to such variation?...Economic integration Horizontal inequality Inequality
BlogReflections on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
The award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, has led to a flurry of blogs and op-ed pieces ...Nobel Prize Development Economics Structural transformation
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...