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Seminar
Unsplash / Kameron Kincade Valeria Groppo on conditional cash transfers, child work and schooling
20 January 2021 15:0016:00
Online, Helsinki
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Journal Article
Duration of pre-university education and labour market outcomes: Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Ghana

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. This study provides new evidence on the effect of shortening the duration of pre‐university education on long‐term labour market outcomes in Ghana, exploiting the education reform of 1987 as a natural experiment...

Years of education Labour market labour market outcomes
Conference
Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
11 February 2021 09:3012 February 2021 12:45
Online, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Request for research proposals
Detecting and countering illicit financial flows

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) together with Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen invite proposals for papers examining the challenge of illicit financial flows. The...

Closing date: 15 March 2021
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Article
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...

Blog
The developer’s dilemma in India – the role of politics and economic ideology

Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality...

Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
Journal Article
Health-system equity, egalitarian democracy and COVID-19 outcomes: An empirical analysis

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spate of studies showing a close connection between inequitable access to health care, welfare services and adverse outcomes from the pandemic...

COVID-19 Healthcare healthcare access
Research Brief
Job duration in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa

The two primary features of a job are its wage and how long it lasts. Today, there is an extensive literature on wages in the developing world thanks to the expansion of national household survey data...

apartheid Labour market dynamics job duration
Blog
Late development, early adoption – how new technology is reshaping the future of structural change

Technological catch-up is bringing new asynchronies to development pathways. What does this mean for employment, globalization, and inequality?...

Structural transformation Technology developer's dilemma
Blog
35 years of research for change – what's next?: Building just societies

To celebrate its 35 th birthday, UNU-WIDER has looked back at some of its greatest achievements...

Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
Report
Effects of Swedish and international democracy aid

Democracy aid is a significant component of development cooperation. As a share of total aid, it has increased steadily since the mid-1990s...

democracy aid Aid effectiveness Democracy
Research Brief
Extreme inequalities: The distribution of household wealth in South Africa

South Africa is, by most contemporary measures, the most unequal country in the world. Yet, relatively little attention has been given to country’s wealth inequality...

Administrative data households balance sheets income capitalization
Blog
Coronavirus: five ways some states have used the pandemic to curtail human rights and democracy

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, at least 95 countries declared a national emergency, empowering governments to act in ways they would not normally to protect citizens...

News
UNU-WIDER joins major new research consortium analysing African cities

A partnership of urban development experts – including UNU-WIDER – has been awarded a contract of £32 million to establish the African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC).

Urban economics Informal sector Partnerships for Development
Virgyl Sowah, Unsplash, African Cities
Blog
The world needs a people’s vaccine

The world needs a people’s vaccine for COVID-19 — one provided universally, and accessible to the entire world population. A patent-protected vaccine could ultimately exclude many people from being vaccinated and protected...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine
Blog
Studying COVID-19 through the lens of microsimulation: The role of tax and benefit policies in alleviating poverty and inequality

As the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, developing nations are struggling to deliver economic assistance and public services to their citizens, under pressures of fiscal constraints and tax revenue losses...

Tax-benefit microsimulation tax-benefit policy Individual poverty
Blog
Headline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?

States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19 Capable states state capacity
Working Paper
Vulnerable employment of Egyptian, Jordanian, and Tunisian youth: Trends and determinants

Youths in the Middle East and North Africa face the highest unemployment rates in the world. Those who are employed are pushed to accept informal sector jobs that are insecure, unsafe, and lack non-wage benefits...

Vulnerable employment Informality youth unemployment
News
Call for participation: Life with Corona survey round 2

Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions.

COVID-19 Trust pandemic
Working Paper
Horizontal inequality, COVID-19, and lockdown readiness: Evidence from India

A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 both reflects and exacerbates existing inequalities...

Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality Caste
Working Paper
Transparency in extractive industry commodities trading

The paper reviews the debate about transparency in extractive industry commodities trade. It examines the obstacles to improved transparency...

Transparency commodity trading Extractive industries
Working Paper
What works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality?: A systematic review

Over the past two decades, research on the impacts of a diverse range of public policies and income inequality has seen rapid growth...

Income inequality Systematic review tax policy
Policy Brief
Mining for change: How can natural resources support inclusive growth in Africa

For a growing number of countries in Africa the discovery of natural resources is a great opportunity, but one accompanied by considerable risks. There is an extensive literature linking natural resource dependence to poor economic performance...

Mining Extractive industries Industrial policy
Blog
Changing the lives of very young children: Evidence from Rwanda

Globally, around 250 million children under the age of five do not meet key development milestones, which reduces their ability to reach their full potential...

Social mobility Human capital Cognitive ability
Research Brief
Monetary policy and firm size in South Africa

Monetary policy affects the real economy through various channels, including the interest rate, exchange rate, credit, and asset price channels. The credit channel has recently received considerable attention...

credit channel Firm heterogeneity Financial constraints
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