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Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states: Framework and policy guidebook Fragile states Inclusive growth Elites
Request for research proposals
Institutional legacies of violent conflict

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is requesting research proposals on the Institutional legacies of violent conflict. Proposals for original research that speak to the core themes of this...

Closing date: 30 July 2021
Submit questions by 15 July 2021
Panel discussion
Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash How to get inclusive growth started in fragile contexts
9 June 2021
Online, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Do resource rich economies have better or worse human development outcomes?

Although increasingly challenged , we often hear that being resource rich can adversely affect growth prospects...

UNU-WIDER releases first Annual Report for 35-year anniversary

To celebrate 35 years of influencing development and practice, UNU-WIDER released its first Annual Report . 2020 marked the 35th anniversary of UNU-WIDER, 45 years since the establishment of the United Nations University (UNU), as well as 75 years...

New updates to the World Income Inequality Database (WIID)

The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database ― widely known by its acronym, WIID ― provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. It presents detailed information on income inequality for developed, developing, and...

WIID Inequality Income inequality
Annual Lecture
UN at 75: slow death or a new direction UN Multilateralism COVID-19
Better measures of informality can improve poverty reduction policy

In a recent study , my co-authors and I propose a new way to measure informality by household, rather than by individual worker...

Informality Labour rights Labour market outcomes
Precarious employment for youth in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia

Youth (those aged 15–29) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face notoriously precarious employment prospects...

Labour market outcomes Gender equality; Labour markets Informality
Annual Lecture
Informality – addressing the Achilles Heel of social protection in Latin America Social protection Social health insurance Latin America
WIDER-Webinar-image from UNDP-Bangladesh-COVID19 Jayati Ghosh on ending the COVID-19 vaccine apartheid 
22 June 2021 15:0016:00
Online, Finland
Open for registration
Journal Article
Inequality by population groups and income sources: Accounting for inequality changes in Spain during the recession

The author discusses a new approach which decomposes inequality into the contributions of population groups by income sources...

Decomposition Recession Earnings inequality
Working Paper
Inequality and structural transformation in the changing nature of work: The case of Indonesia

This paper analyses the labour market dynamics in Indonesia from 2001 to 2015 and explores the role of the changing nature of occupational employment in explaining the rising earnings inequality during the same period...

Labour market dynamics Inequality Occupations
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...

How global tax dodging costs lives: New research shows a direct link to increased death rates

Tax abuse is an expensive business. According to a recent report by the Tax Justice Network, avoiding or evading tax deprives governments across the world of around US$427 billion (£302 billion) every year...

Tax evasion Tax avoidance Human rights
Anna Shvets - Pexels COVID-19 and development - effects and new realities for the Global South
6 September 2021 09:008 September 2021 19:00
Open for registration
Working Paper
The gendered crisis: livelihoods and mental well-being in India during COVID-19

This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India...

COVID-19 Informal sector Employment
Foreign aid can help stem the decline of democracy, if used in the right way

Democracy is having a hard time. In India, once the world’s largest democracy, the pandemic has hastened the country’s slide toward authoritarianism ...

Foreign aid Development aid Aid effectiveness
ETD – Economic Transformation Database

Open and free to use, the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD) provides comprehensive, long-term, and internationally comparable sectoral data on employment and productivity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The ETD covers:...

Economic transformation Employment Productivity
Blue lights over a city
Working Paper
Forecasting recovery from COVID-19 using financial data: An application to Viet Nam

We develop a new methodology to nowcast the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and forecast its evolution in small, export-oriented countries...

COVID-19 Pandemic Forecasting
The paths and legacies of civil war

Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks , political identities , preferences , and attitudes ...

Civil conflict Peacebuilding Institutions
In the media
Report on the impact of COVID-19 to Ghana’s labour market hits headlines

A new report from the Transforming informal work and livelihoods project has caught the attention of policy makers and media in Ghana. Researchers from UNU-WIDER and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of...

COVID-19 Informal sector Ghana
A ‘data revolution’ for sustainable development leaves gaps on inequality

Among the many things said about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the description by the President of the UN General Assembly’s 70 th session, Mogens Lykketoft, that the SDGs represented ‘an unprecedented statistical challenge&...

Inequality Quantitative research methodology Qualitative research methodology
Why do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?

One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...

Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
Persistent gender roles in South Africa deprive women of leisure time

In most countries, traditional gender roles within the household are still common due to the prevalence and persistence of patriarchal systems...

South Africa Women's empowerment Women's labour force participation
Supply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico

At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...

Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
Web Developer

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/WD/53
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