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Working Paper
Regulatory structures and challenges to developmental extractives: Some practical observations from Ghana

At the heart of an effective extractive resource-based economic transformation and development is an effective regulatory framework that guides the promotion of investments into the sector, the procedure for responsible extraction, and the management...

Development Extractives Regulatory
Working Paper
Conflict and development: Recent research advances and future agendas

We survey selected parts of the growing literature on the microeconomics of violent conflict, identifying where academic research has started to establish stylized facts and where methodological and knowledge gaps remain...

Conflict Violence War
Vacancies
Research Associate (PSA) - Pretoria, South Africa

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the research programme of the Institute. Closing date: 27 October 2017, 23:59 UTC+3.

Reference number: 2017/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/81
Closing date: 27 October 2017
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Journal Special Issue
Macroeconomic Perspectives on Aid

Much criticism of aid rests on no evidence at all, on out-of-date studies (many of which are methodologically weak) or on a misunderstanding of causation and country context...

Macroeconomics Foreign aid
Annual Lecture
WIDER Annual Lecture 21 - How are people poor? Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be delivered on 24 October, as part of UN Day celebrations. More information is available below in the programme for the day.

24 October 2017 15:00
Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki, Finland
Open for registration
Photo: Sudipta Arka Das
Blog
Too late, too little? The IMF and international tax flight

When key decision makers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gather in Washington DC for the IMF’s annual meeting in October, one thing that would merit more attention is the mismatch between the IMF’s recent alignments against inter...

Internation Monetary Fund OECD tax avoidance
Working Paper
Comparing estimated and self-reported mark-ups for formal and informal firms in an emerging market context

Using a 10-year panel survey covering Vietnamese manufacturing firms, we consistently obtain firm-specific mark-up estimates and relate these to firm-level formality...

Firm productivity Formality Viet Nam
Blog
How to build a data revolution: First steps

This year UNU-WIDER is launching several video series to highlight the wide span of policy-relevant work undertaken by the Institute and its worldwide network...

Data revolution SDGs
Working Paper
Do fences make good neighbours?: Evidence from an insurgency in India

India has employed a variety of military, political, and economic measures to combat the long running insurgency in Kashmir with little evidence on what contributes to stability in the region...

Conflict Violence Governance
Working Paper
Policy diffusion within international organizations: A bottom-up analysis of International Monetary Fund tax work in Panama, Seychelles, and the Netherlands

I analyse the evolution of the International Monetary Fund tax policy advice in three countries commonly used for tax evasion or avoidance: Panama, Seychelles, and the Netherlands...

Internation Monetary Fund OECD tax avoidance
Blog
Mini-documentary: Viet Nam’s data revolution is well on its way

The international community rarely calls for a revolution. In this case, it has. A data revolution, says UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp. Viet Nam has seen large changes to its economy since the advent of doi moi , the new beginning, in the 1980s...

Structural transformation Sustainable development SDG
Report
SOUTHMOD country report Ecuador: ECUAMOD v1.0

This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador. This work was carried out by the ISER in collaboration with the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales and UNU-WIDER...

Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Blog
A letter from Maputo

It’s early July and I’m back in Maputo, Mozambique, looking over the calm sea at the boats that fish the waters for the seafood that makes visiting this part of Africa such a treat...

WIDER Development Conference
Conference
Migration and mobility - new frontiers for research and policy

The WIDER Development Conference on migration and mobility, jointly organized with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), will take place on 5-6 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

5 October 20176 October 2017
ISSER Conference Hall, P.O Box LG 74 Legon-Accra, Botanical Gardens Rd, Accra, Ghana
Past event
Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID
Working Paper
Inequality of opportunities among ethnic groups in the Philippines

This paper contributes to the scant body of literature on inequalities among and within ethnic groups in the Philippines by examining both the vertical and horizontal measures in terms of opportunities in accessing basic services such as education, e...

Ethnic group Horizontal inequality Indigenous peoples
Blog
Tax, development and the SDGs: How we are supporting the data revolution

At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening capacity to collect tax and other revenue is key for developing countries as they move forward...

Tax Development data
Working Paper
On the poverty–growth elasticity

Poverty–growth elasticities are frequently calculated to provide insight into the inclusiveness of the growth process...

Poverty Growth Elasticity
Working Paper
Is inequality underestimated in Mozambique?: Accounting for underreported consumption

Household budget surveys in sub-Saharan Africa are designed to facilitate poverty measurement and may fail to fully capture consumption in wealthy households. As a result, inequality is likely underestimated...

Consumption underreporting Household surveys Inequality
Project
WIID - 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...

Blog
Taking 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
Working Paper
Mining’s contribution to low- and middle-income economies

In several low- and middle-income countries with important extractive sectors, gross national income has developed favourably. Africa has benefitted most, particularly West Africa...

Mining Development Tax revenue
Working Paper
Explaining gender differences in preference for self-employment among tertiary graduates in Ghana

We examine gender differences in ambitions and expectations of jobseekers concerning self-employment, an increasingly proposed option for youth in economies with limited wage employment...

Gender Ghana Graduate employability
Blog
Building the learning agenda: Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality Universal Health Coverage
Placeholder

Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience is being generated daily...

Health Quality of care SDG3
Working Paper
The politics of horizontal inequality: Indigenous opposition to wind farm development in Mexico

In less than a decade, foreign investors have erected more than 3,200 wind turbines across the Isthmus of Techuantepec investing billions of dollars and generating more than 90 per cent of Mexico’s wind energy...

Ethnicity Horizontal inequality Indigenous peoples
Blog
GHAMOD 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
Blog
Quality of routine labor and delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India: Are private facilities better?
Placeholder

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
Report
SOUTHMOD 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
Project
Extractives 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
News
Chairperson 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 Paper
The 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
Blog
Measuring 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
Report
SOUTHMOD 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
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