Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
10 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleGender priming in solidarity games: The Philippine context
What is the effect of gender priming on solidarity behavior? We explore a two-player solidarity game where players can insure each other against risk of losses. We test this experimentally in a developing country setting, the Philippines...Gender priming Gender differences
Working PaperConsolidating behavioural economics and rational choice theory: Insights from inequality research
Using illustrations from research on inequality, this paper offers evidence on the strengths of ‘behavioural synthesis’, i.e. the reconciliation between neoclassical and behavioural economics...Inequality Behavioral economics Behaviour
Working PaperEthnic disparity in altruism towards reforestation: A social preference experiment in Mindoro, Philippines
This paper presents a framed field experiment on ecological altruism in Mindoro, Philippines. Behavioural differences between ethnic groups in Mindoro—the Tagalogs and the Mangyans—were investigated...Field experiment Forests and forestry Altruism
Working PaperGender priming in solidarity games: The Philippine context
What is the effect of gender priming on solidarity behaviour? We explore a two-player solidarity game where players can insure each other against the risk of losses...Gender priming Gender differences
Working PaperCharacter or context: What explains behavioural dishonesty in low-income countries?
We run a lab-in-the-field experiment with 1,060 university students in Mozambique to examine the correlates of behavioural dishonesty, distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic factors...Cheating Dice game Behaviour
Journal ArticleEffects of peers and rank on cognition, preferences, and personality
ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: We exploit the variation in admission cutoffs across colleges at a leading Indian university to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on cognitive attainment, economic preferences, and Big Five persona...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
Working PaperKey behavioural characteristics of small-business owners: A lab-in-the-field experiment in Myanmar
This study investigates the role of owners’ personal preferences and behaviour in determining the success of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises using a lab-in-the-field experiment with small-business owners in Myanmar...Entrepreneurship Risk-taking Trust
Working PaperCampaign externalities, programmatic spending, and voting preferences in rural Mexico: The case of Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera programme
This study presents an analysis of the electoral impacts of one of the most prominent conditional cash transfers in the world: Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...Conditional cash transfers Information externalities Mexico
BlogPeer influence and human capital accumulation: Evidence from Delhi University colleges
College is an important milestone in life that is believed to develop several aspects of an individual's human capital, broadly defined to include both cognitive and socio-emotional traits...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
Working PaperCognitive, socioemotional, and behavioural returns to college quality
We exploit the variation in the admissions process across colleges of a leading Indian university to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment using scores on standardized university exams; behavioural p...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality