Industrial 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 and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | 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.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
SeminarFantu Cheru and Christopher Cramer on the Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian economy
Call for papersConference: Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries – Towards LDC-V
The deadline for submissions is 18 December 2019.
SeminarJoshua Magero Otieno on ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya
Joshua Magero Otieno will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November. Abstract – Ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya Perceived or real welfare imbalances fundamentally impacts individuals’ civic participation, inclusivity...
Annual LectureInformality – 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...
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...
SeminarWeiWei Chen on the political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Uganda - UGAMOD v1.1
This report documents UGAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Uganda. This work was carried out by Uganda Revenue Authority ( URA ) and Makerere University in collaboration with the project partners...SOUTHMOD UGAMOD Tax
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
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...
Working PaperThe corruption–growth relationship: Do political institutions matter?
Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
ConferenceTransforming economies - for better jobs
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
BlogIndustrial policy in the 21st century: The challenge for Africa
Why is there so little industry in Africa? Does it matter? What can be done about it?...
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
Policy BriefCan legal empowerment help to address ethnic exclusion?
‘Legal empowerment’ is defined as a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded become able to use the law to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors...Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
BlogHow (not) to build state capability
Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...SDGs SDG16 Building State Capabilities
Journal Special IssuePublic economics and development action
Tax, and public-sector matters more generally, is high on the agenda of international development. This is clearly reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2015...Public economics Public finance International taxation
Policy BriefLearning from a half-century of economic development in Asia
When Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968, he was deeply pessimistic about the development prospects in Asia...Development Economics Asia Industrial policy
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
BookAsian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations
Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968. He was deeply pessimistic about development prospects in Asia...
In the mediaSA-TIED working paper featured in the Financial Mail
A recent working paper from the SA-TIED programme ’s body of new research has been featured in the largest business weekly in South Africa. The Financial Mail’s feature is headlined: “ Reserve Bank vindicated — the critics...Inflation (Finance) Monetary policy South Africa
Research BriefRacial inequality and demographic change in South Africa: Impacts on economic development
Over the past 20 years, researchers have been looking at the economic lifecycle of individuals around the world using National Transfer Accounts (NTA) data...demographic dividend economic lifecycle Intergenerational Mobility
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Tanzania - TAZMOD v1.8
This report documents TAZMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Tanzania. This work was carried out by University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the project partners in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...TAZMOD SOUTHMOD Tax
Policy BriefResurgent Asia: Diversity in Development
In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of world population and over half of world income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributable to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and driven by imperialism...Gunnar Myrdal Economic transformation Structural transformation
Journal Special IssueMigration Governance and Policy in the Global South
Building knowledge about migration governance and policy in the Global South is a priority for research and policy...Migration Migration policy Governance
Research BriefDancing with dragons: Can South African firms compete with Chinese imports?
China’s growing edge in export manufacturing has caused concern for low-income and middle-income countries seeking to develop robust manufacturing sectors...Capabilities Import competition Import
BlogIn the Director's chair: Reflections on my first six months as Director
My first six months as Director of UNU-WIDER have been busy, enlightening, and rewarding...SDGs sdg5 sdg8
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...