Watch WIDER Annual Lecture 20
WIDER Annual Lecture by Martin Ravallion on direct interventions against poverty in poor places is available to watch now.
Human capital and growth
This WIDER Development Conference on the interactions of human capital accumulation and growth, both at micro and macro levels will be held on 6-7 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
Development research and changing priorities
Read Amartya Sen's newly published Annual Lecture in which he discusses the new challenges to development.
Does foreign aid harm political institutions?
Open access article by Sam Jones and Finn Tarp in Journal of Development Economics
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BookGrowth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Includes 16 country case studies which collectively represent nearly three-quarters of the sub-Saharan African population Analyses welfare, living conditions, and poverty reduction Contributions from local and international experts who identify and e...Economic growth Poverty
BlogMultinational tax avoidance in developing countries
In recent years many global firms—including Starbucks, Google, and Amazon—have come under fire for avoiding paying taxes in one country by shifting their profits to a country with lower tax rates...International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
BlogWill Norway’s model of Sovereign Wealth Fund work in Tanzania?: A reality check
Several countries in Africa – including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda - have recently discovered large oil and gas or other mineral resources...Fiscal policy Mineral industries Monetary policy
VacanciesResearch assistant / Database administrator
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong skills and expertise in the collection, cleansing, analysis and management of large databases to acquire regularly the underlying country-level data for the WIID and GRD databases, and...
InclusionThe economics and politics of taxation and social protection
This project takes an innovative and integrated approach to the study of taxation and social protection systems in developing countries. Taking a system-wide perspective to these issues allows for the exploration of the combined fiscal effect of tax...Tax Social protection Political economy
BlogFive lessons from Martin Ravallion’s WIDER Annual Lecture: Direct interventions against poverty in poor places
On 23 March researchers, policy makers, and politicians gathered at the Stockholm School of Economics (or joined online via the webcast ) to hear Professor Martin Ravallion deliver WIDER Annual Lecture 20 and discuss its implications...Equality and inequality Poverty Social security
NewsCall for Papers: Informality and Development – A Conference in Honor of Elinor Ostrom
A multidisciplinary conference on informality and development will be arranged by Indiana University and Cornell University on 22-23 October 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana. The deadline for submission is 1 May 2016.Formal and informal Development Call for papers
BlogAid and gender – making foreign aid count
International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016 is a time to celebrate. It is also a time for reflection...Economic assistance and foreign aid Equality and inequality Women
VacanciesResearch associate (PSA, expert roster)
UNU-WIDER is looking for outstanding individuals for the roster of experts with strong commitment and potential to support the research and training programme of the Institute.
NewsCall for Papers: Measuring quality-of-care in the context of sustainable development goal 3
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on quality of-care in the era of SDGs. This theme issue will include original research articles on quality-of-care in low- and middle-income countries. The selection of this...Health SDG Universal Health Coverage
NewsProfessors Miguel Urquiola and Haroon Bhorat join the WIDER Board
Professors Miguel Urquiola and Haroon Bhorat have joined the WIDER Board as new members to serve a four-year term until 31 December 2019.
Climate changeDUCC - development under climate change
Climate change is likely to remain a serious issue for decades to come if not indefinitely. One of the key tasks for assisting policy makers in developing countries address the uncertainties of climate change is translating scientific and...Climate change Development Climate uncertainty
Journal ArticleDoes foreign aid harm political institutions?
The notion that foreign aid harms the institutions of recipient governments remains prevalent. We combine new disaggregated aid data and various metrics of political institutions to re-examine this relationship...Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperReforming the global monetary non-system
This paper proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the global monetary non-system that evolved out of the breakdown of the original Bretton Woods arrangement in the early 1970s...Balance of payments Economic integration
BlogMade in Africa: Some new thinking for Africa Industrialization Day
This Friday, November 20 marks yet another “Africa Industrialization Day” by the United Nations. There have now been 25 such events, and they seem to have come and gone with relatively little notice...
Working PaperDemographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa
This paper looks to uncover the growth traps and opportunities for the South African economy, with a focus on underlying labour market dynamics. We explore the potential of South Africa’s demographic dividend...Aeronautics, Commercial Economic growth Labor demand
InclusionWIID – World Income Inequality Database
WIID , the World Income Inequality Database, collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. The WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be...
Working PaperTax-benefit microsimulation modelling in Tanzania: A feasibility study
This paper presents the findings from a feasibility study on the potential for developing a static tax-benefit microsimulation model for Tanzania...Income tax Taxation
Working PaperRole of economists in policy-making
This paper reviews the many areas in which economists play an important role in policy-making, including the quantification of objectives set by political processes, formulation of macroeconomic policy where economists have a dominating role, and als...Economists Macroeconomics
Working PaperEstimating the level and distribution of global wealth, 2000–14
Davies et al. (2008, 2011) provided the first estimates of the global distribution of wealth, using 2000 as the benchmark year...Econometrics Income distribution
Call for papersWIDER Development Conference – Human capital and growth
Submissions now closed.
Working PaperClimate change and developing country interests: Cases from the Zambezi River Basin
We consider the interplay of climate change impacts, global mitigation policies, and the interests of developing countries to 2050...
Journal Special IssueProspects for Renewable Energy in Africa
This special section contains a series of five articles focused on energy and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. It is well known that energy demand in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing rapidly and that many countries struggle to meet demand...Climatic changes Renewable energy sources
BlogClimate Change – The last 30 years and the next 30
With COP21 currently taking place in Paris, the thoughts of UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Channing Arndt on the past and future of the climate change research and policy are particularly relevant. Our climate is changing - but how much?...Climatic changes Renewable energy sources