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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.
20 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Research BriefGreenhouse Gas Emissions and China’s Agriculture Sector
China is the world’s largest developing country and its huge population requires a similarly large agricultural sector to sustain it...Pollution (Air) Agricultural innovations Agriculture
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (September 2012)
Tony Addison Mid-September finds UNU-WIDER very busy preparing for our big conference on climate change and development policy that takes place later this month, as well as our WIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett of Harvard University (you can als...Pollution (Air) Agricultural innovations Agriculture
Working PaperThe Decarbonization of China's Agriculture
Agriculture is one of the major greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources in China. This paper aims to identify the key factors that have led to rising GHG emissions in China’s agricultural sector in recent decades...Agricultural innovations Agriculture Pollution (Air)
Journal ArticleConsumption risk, technology adoption and poverty traps: Evidence from Ethiopia
Much has been written on the determinants of technology adoption in agriculture, with issues such as input availability, knowledge and education, risk preferences, profitability, and credit constraints receiving much attention...Agricultural innovations Poverty Risk
BlogThe Rise of Large Farms: Drivers and Development Outcomes
Derek Byerlee and Klaus Deininger A recurring debate in the development literature is the relative emphasis to place on the roles of small-scale farms versus large-scale farms in fostering agricultural growth, and economic development more generally...Agricultural industries Agricultural innovations Agriculture
Journal ArticleGlobalization and Smallholders: The Adoption, Diffusion, and Welfare Impact of Non-Traditional Export Crops in Guatemala
Part of Journal Special Issue Globalization, Poverty, and Inequality in Latin AmericaAgricultural innovations Globalization International trade
BlogAre African Countries Paying Too Much Attention To Agriculture?
Luc Christiaensen and Lionel Demery Escalating food prices in 2007-2008, climate change and land grabbing have woken the world up to the extraordinary challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050...Agricultural industries Agricultural innovations Agriculture
Book ChapterGlobalization and Rural Poverty: Perspectives from a Social Observatory in the Philippines Agricultural innovations Agriculture Globalization
Working PaperA Tale of Two Countries: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Rice Productivity in China and Brazil
This paper looks at differences in spatial and temporal variation of rice yields in China and Brazil. We find that rice yields in China have converged over time and that rice production has become more and more homogeneous...Agricultural industries Agricultural innovations Farm produce
Working PaperGlobalization and Smallholders: The Adoption, Diffusion, and Welfare Impact of Non-traditional Export Crops in Guatemala
This paper uses a duration analysis based on adoption data spanning over 25 years from six communities in the Central Highlands of Guatemala to explore how household characteristics and external trends play into both the adoption and diffusion proces...Agricultural innovations Globalization International trade
Working PaperGlobalization and Rural Poverty: A Perspective from a Social Observatory in the Philippines
Using a rice village in the Philippines as a social observatory, the impacts of modernization forces under globalization on rural poverty are assessed based on data collected from recurrent household surveys over the past three decades...Agricultural innovations Agriculture Globalization
Journal ArticleEconomic and Environmental Issues in International Trade and Production of Genetically Modified Foods and Crops and the WTO
Part of Journal Special Issue Developing Countries in the WTO RegimeAgricultural innovations International trade Trade regulation
Journal ArticleEconomic Effects of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in the Presence of Price-Distorting Policies
Part of Journal Special Issue Developing Countries in the WTO RegimeAgricultural innovations Management (Technological innovations) Trade regulation
Working PaperLove Thy Neighbour?: Evidence from Ethnic Discrimination in Information Sharing within Villages
There is increasing evidence to suggest that a fundamental source of information for farmers on how to access and use new agricultural technologies comes from interacting with neighbours...Agricultural innovations Economic development Ethnic relations
Journal ArticleLove Thy Neighbour?: Evidence from Ethnic Discrimination in Information Sharing within Villages in Côte d'Ivoire
Part of Journal Special Issue Spatial Issues in AfricaAgricultural innovations Economic development Ethnic relations