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Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER have established a secure research lab in the premises of URA. Want to do research using quality-assured administrative tax data? See the Request for Research Proposals
Annual Report 2021
We look back at our key achievements over 2021 and highlight our recent contributions to the data revolution, SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). Read more
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Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants
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Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
89 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogBride price or dowry?
Why is it that in some countries the parents of a bride pay dowry, whereas in some others the groom has to pay for the bride? What is the impact of different traditions on women’s lives?...Marriage payments Women's empowerment Psychological aspects (Economics)
SeminarDiana Mitlin on why urban poverty in sub-Saharan Africa needs more attention
Journal ArticleDecomposing learning inequalities in East Africa: How much does sorting matter?
Inequalities in learning opportunities arise from both household- and school-related factors...Africa Inequality of opportunities Sorting
In the mediaSOUTHMOD study on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa gains attention in media and different outlets COVID-19 Africa Inequality
BlogCorona pandemic revealed gaps in African social security systems
Millions of Africans lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but state social security systems were of little help to people who lost their income...COVID-19 Income distribution Poverty
BlogAn African in Africa: New perspectives on travelling for research
Working for an international organisation presents a host of challenges, given the vast nature of tasks that one must surmount in a fast paced and changing environment...Zambia Ghana Africa
SeminarEmmanuel Gyimah-Boadi and Joseph Asunka on Afrobarometer and SDG Scorecards
Working PaperDonors for tax morale: Evidence from 34 African countries
Do aid projects affect citizens’ motivation to pay taxes? We address this question by combining ﬁne-grained data on aid projects from AidData and survey data from the Afrobarometer for 34 African countries...Foreign aid Tax morale State capacity
PresentationRoosa Lambin and Milla Nyyssölä on social policy trajectories and women in Tanzania
The virtual conference Social Policy in Africa is organized 22-24 November 2021 by University of South Africa (UNISA) in the City of Tshwane in South Africa. On 22 November researchers Roosa Lambin and Milla Nyyssölä give a presentation in...
Journal ArticleNormalizing necessity?: Support networks and racial inequality in Namibia
Community support is a critical source to sustain livelihoods in the Global South. At the same time, these practices can exhibit unequal dynamics such as disincentives, hierarchies, or adverse inclusion of individuals...Inequality Race Social networks
Working PaperThe effect of fiscal drag on income distribution and work incentives: A microsimulation analysis on selected African countries
Although the effect of fiscal drag is well studied in the industrialized world, empirical evidence from developing economies remains limited...Inflation Income tax Fiscal drag