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.
The Stockholm Statement
Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
This new Open Access book provides detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys that have been ongoing for more than three decades.
Learning to Compete: Evidence on Exporting and Firm-Level Performance
This Open Access Journal Special Issue looks at the relationship between exporting and firm-level performance.
BlogQuality of routine labor and delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India: Are private facilities better?
In India, the percentage of women who delivered in a health facility increased from roughly 35% in 2000 to 79% in 2014 ...Quality of care SDG3 Health-care
BlogBuilding the learning agenda: Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality Universal Health Coverage
Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience is being generated daily...Health Quality of care SDG3
BlogGHAMOD launch and training: A tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana
Better social protection coverage and greater benefits in developing countries would certainly be welcomed by many...Tax-benefit microsimulation GHAMOD SOUTHMOD
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Zambia: MicroZAMOD v1.0
This report documents MicroZAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Zambia. This work was carried out by Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis & Research ( ZIPAR ) in collaboration with the project partners. in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ConferencePublic economics for development
Despite successes in poverty reduction and improvements in health and educational outcomes in many low-income countries, development challenges remain extensive. They cannot be addressed effectively without a well-functioning public sector. This...
NewsChairperson of the WIDER Board writes on the future role of the World Bank
Ravi Kanbur, Chairperson of the WIDER board and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, argues that the World Bank needs to transform its role on the world stage in a new vox.eu column.WIDER Board World Bank
Working PaperThe donor footprint and gender gaps
In this paper we analyse the impact of foreign aid on gender outcomes and attitudes. We do this by matching geocoded household surveys with aid projects...Foreign aid Gender Geocoded data
BlogTaking steps to overcome inequality in South Africa
Engagement is needed at all levels to address ongoing inequality faced in South Africa. This was the primary aim of a recent policy seminar in Pretoria, organized through the framework of the Mandela Initiative and partners, including UNU-WIDER...Inequality development policy Structural transformation
BlogMeasuring outpatient safety at scale: infection prevention and control practices in Kenya
Primum non nocere — first, do no harm. This most basic tenet of medical care is routinely violated in clinics and hospitals around the world today ...Quality of care Health SDG3
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Mozambique: MOZMOD v1.0
This report documents MOZMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Mozambique. This work was carried out by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mozambique in collaboration with the project partners in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Working PaperHousehold bargaining and spending on children: Experimental evidence from Tanzania
This paper studies whether increasing the wife’s bargaining power results in couples allocating more resources to their child, and, if so, what the underlying mechanisms for this are...Intra-household allocation Female bargaining power Tanzania
BlogCost reductions as a response to the end of the commodity price boom
The recent publication of the 3rd edition of ICMM’s The Role of Mining in National Economies (hereafter RoMiNE3) provides us with the welcome biennial review of the global situation as it affects the large mining and metals industry...Commodity boom Mining Extractives
Working PaperHow status inequality between ethnic groups affects public goods provision: Experimental evidence on caste and tolerance for teacher absenteeism in India
This article contributes to the growing scholarship on how ethnic inequality can dampen the provision of public goods and services. On the one hand, it pushes beyond purely economic inequality to include status inequality between population groups...Caste Ethnic inequality Public goods provisions
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
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Tanzania: TAZMOD v1.0
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...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
BlogTax, spending, and poverty: An interview with Michael Keen
Michael Keen, Deputy Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s WIDER Development Conference on Public Economics for Development ...
BlogHow are rural households in Viet Nam doing?
Viet Nam has seen major economic shifts which started in the 1980s and continue today. Many strides have been made as the country goes through structural transformation, not least a significant reduction in poverty...
Request for research proposalsRural households in Viet Nam
Deadline for proposal submissions is 12 June 2017 23:59 EEST.
ProjectWIID - World Income Inequality Database
World Income Inequality Database (WIID), collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be...
BlogMicrosimulation models for developing countries: An interview with Jukka Pirttilä
The University of Tampere is participating in an international project in which a microsimulation model is being drafted for the evaluation of the price effects of taxation and the transfer of income in developing countries...Tax microsimulation Public finance
Working PaperThe taxation of extractive industries: Mining
The taxation of the mining industry varies considerably from nation to nation. This paper reflects on the evolving use of various taxation approaches applied by governments to the mining sector...Mining Mining taxation Royalties
BlogEstimating tax avoidance: New findings, new questions
There are now a range of estimates of the global scale of tax avoidance. These include: the $600 billion annual tax loss estimated by IMF researchers Crivelli et al...tax avoidance Tax Multinational firms
Working PaperThe missing middle: Growing and strengthening Viet Nam’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises
We study the exporting and subcontracting decisions, mark-ups, market concentration, and growth of a panel of Vietnamese private micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our main findings are as follows...Viet Nam Exporting Subcontracting
Working PaperGlobal distribution of revenue loss from tax avoidance: Re-estimation and country results
International corporate tax is an important source of government revenue, especially in lower-income countries...corporate income tax International taxation tax avoidance
ProjectExtractives for development (E4D)
Natural resource wealth has often turned out to be a ‘curse’ rather than a ‘blessing’ for developing countries. Growth based exclusively on natural resources—such as oil, gas, and minerals—is often of a very...Wealth Natural resources Management
NewsFinland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development visits UNU-WIDER
Director Finn Tarp today welcomed Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen to the UNU-WIDER offices in Helsinki. Part of ongoing collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, it was the Minister’s...
NewsEvidence based policy making in Myanmar – New four-year programme in collaboration with the Central Statistical Organization launched
Director-General of the Central Statistical Organization Dr Wah Wah Maung, Ambassador of Denmark to Myanmar H.E. Peter Lysholt Hansen, and UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp at the project launch event on 17 March 2017. UNU-WIDER and the Central...Myanmar SMEs
BlogTackling gender inequality from all directions
Improving the position of women continues to be an important concern in development...Gender equality Development aid Interventions
BlogLeading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality
Building a great big wall will not close the gap. Jorge Duenes/Reuters US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state ...Inequality immigration Refugees
Call for papersWIDER Development Conference jointly organized with ARUA - Migration and mobility
The deadline for submissions is closed.
BlogA two-way street: Regional integration in southern Africa through supermarkets
Walk into any supermarket and you will find a mix of products to stock the kitchen. It’s easy to assume that many of the goods on offer are sourced locally and from nearby countries...Regional growth Africa Supermarkets