Responding to crises
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New open access book - Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Working PaperThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs) There is already a well-established body of literature in public finance, which argues that intergovernmental grants ‘crowd out’ local revenue...Finance, Public
Working PaperFormalizing safety nets and the requirements to obtain them: An increased role for identity documents in the Global South
Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country...Pensions Transfer payments
BookAfrica's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies
Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa’s future Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast-growing and/or economically dominant African countries...
SeminarTax and development - setting the agenda
VacanciesAssociate Communications Officer (P-2)
The institute is looking for an outstanding individual with a strong interest in global development, who is committed to working closely with researchers to communicate results, and to manage a team of communication specialists. Closing date: 24...
Working PaperGrowth and structural transformation in Viet Nam during the 2000s
We study structural transformation and change in the Vietnamese economy using two Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs), one for the year 2000 and a recently compiled SAM for the year 2012...
Project workshopSOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development
BlogBreaking down research silos
I had the pleasure of attending UNU-WIDER’s ‘ Responding to crises ’ conference last week. The theme was highly topical and session topics far-reaching, which makes the task of teasing out core ideas difficult...Equality and inequality Poverty
ProjectUnderstanding the African lions - growth traps and opportunities in six dominant African economies
This project aims to define some of the key constraints facing African economies as they attempt to maintain a long-run economic growth and development trajectory. The work will provide the analytical basis for policy recommendations and value-added...Africa Labour market Growth
Working PaperEthnic fragmentation, public good provision, and inequality in India, 1988-2012
Using data from various rounds of the nationally representative NSSO survey between 1988 and 2012, we first construct national, state, and district-level figures for overall, within and between consumption inequality...Education Equality and inequality Health care
NewsPress release - UNU-WIDER conference aims to improve global responses to crises
Experts available for press interviews on core crisis response issues Helsinki, Finland — Experts from around the world will gather this week at the ‘Responding to crises’ conference in Helsinki. The main goal of the event is to...
Working PaperHuman capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa
This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human-capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid...Equality and inequality Human capital Voting
NewsPress release - Global income inequality has declined in relative terms, but gone up substantially in absolute amounts
Helsinki, Finland – Researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) have found that during the last four decades global income inequality decreased substantially in ‘relative...
ProjectRegional growth and development in Southern Africa
Economies in the Southern Africa region face thorny challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies and the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. This project aims to develop, in conjunction with...South Africa Regional integration Industrialization
BlogHow should the international community respond to migration and refugees?
In our previous blog , we looked at some of the key facts about international migration and identified a few areas that, from an economist’s perspective, need attention...Emigration and immigration Refugees
BlogAn economist’s view on migration and refugees
Few issues have been so contentious in recent years as international migration. The refugee crisis sparked not least by the Syrian war has shown that policies governing migration are in a tangle...Emigration and immigration Refugees
Working PaperTaxation and inequality in developing countries: Lessons from the recent experience of Latin America
This paper aims to advance understanding about the relationship between taxation and inequality in developing countries, focusing on the recent experience of Latin America...Economic policy Equality and inequality Income distribution
BlogResponding to crises: What can we do? What’s next?
Although sometimes over used, the word 'crisis' accurately describes many challenges of today's world, such as climage change, war and refugees, economic volatility, pandemics, and the continuing unmet needs of the poor, hungry, and negle...Climate change Development Foreign aid
ProjectInclusive growth in Mozambique - scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population. This will be pursued through a focused research and capacity-building effort, meant to increase...Mozambique Employment generation Industrial policy
Working PaperResilience to crisis through social protection: Can we build the case?
This paper investigates the linkage between social protection and economic resilience. Does social protection have an impact on income?...
BlogWhat do we know about growth and poverty in Africa?
The literature on Africa’s development abounds in big theories — structural transformation, pro-poor growth, inclusive growth, among others...Economic growth Poverty
Working PaperOn the spread of social protection systems
This paper undertakes an empirical analysis of the adoption of various components of social security systems as well as contribution rates...Panel analysis Social security Taxation
BlogCapital flight from developing countries – what is it, how is it measured, and what have we learned?
Many worry that developing countries lose a substantial amount of money via capital flight, that is, outflows of cash and securities — part of which can also be illegal...Capital Tax evasion Taxation
ProjectAfrica's energy futures
As one of the most likely regions of the world to suffer first and most from climate change, Africa has considerable long run incentives to see effective global mitigation policies enacted. However, concerns are frequently and legitimately voiced...Energy infrastructure Renewable energy Power systems
BookMeasuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades...Poverty
BlogExtractives, climate change, and development
To read this blog, on a computer screen or mobile phone (or even paper!), a manufacturing process used plastics derived from oil, and metals mined from ores...
ProjectWIID - World Income Inequality Database
Working PaperCapital flight and development: An overview of concepts, methods, and data sources
This paper offers a critical review of the methods used to estimate the extent of capital flight and illicit financial flows from developing countries...Capital Taxation