Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
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.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
79 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleCorporate social responsibility in a competitive business environment
Using a representative sample of more than 5,000 Vietnamese enterprises, we explore the firm-level productivity effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR)...Business enterprises Corporate culture Manufacturing
WorkshopMicro, small, and medium enterprises in Viet Nam
This workshop organized by UNU-WIDER brings together early-career researchers to present first drafts of their papers on the 2015 wave of the micro, small, and medium enterprises survey.
Working PaperTaxation, infrastructure, and firm performance in developing countries
This paper investigates the relationship between taxation and firm performance in developing countries...Business enterprises Economic growth Infrastructure (Economics)
Working PaperCorporate social responsibility in a competitive business environment
Using a specially designed survey instrument in combination with a representative sample of Vietnamese enterprises, we explore firm-level efficiency effects of corporate social responsibility...Business enterprises Corporate culture Manufacturing
Working PaperState-business relations as drivers of economic performance
Effective state-business relations (SBRs) have been lacking in industrial policy thinking despite the strong theoretical case for SBRs...Business enterprises Economic growth Industrial policy
DatabaseViet Nam SME database
The Viet Nam Small and Medium Enterprises data track over 2500 enterprises from nine provinces over time.Economic surveys Small business Business enterprises
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments
BlogEconomic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8
This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperThe Political Economy of Industrial Development in Vietnam: Impact of State-Business Relationship on Industrial Performance, 1986-2012
Vietnam’s industrial development since doi moi is a success, but only a partial one. This paper provides a political economy account of Vietnam’s industrial growth since 1986...Business enterprises Corporation law Economic growth
Working PaperThe Performance of the Manufacturing Sector in Tanzania: Challenges and the Way Forward
Tanzania’s industrial sector has evolved through various stages since independence in 1961, from nascent and undiversified to state-led import substitution industrialization, and subsequently to de-industrialization under the structural adjustm...Business enterprises Economic development International trade
Working PaperHow Many Manufacturing Firms are there in Mozambique?
This paper addresses the issue of poor data on Mozambican manufacturing firms. A new dataset (the merged manufacturing database) is merged from provincial industrial databases from each of Mozambique’s 11 provinces...Business enterprises Economic development Manufacturing industries
Working PaperExporting and Productivity: The Role of Ownership and Innovation in the Case of Vietnam
In this paper, we investigate the relationship between exporting and productivity in the case of Vietnam using an extensive firm level panel dataset for the period 2005-11...Business enterprises Commerce Organizational behavior
Working PaperLearning by Exporting: The Case of Mozambican Manufacturing
In this paper, we aim to analyse the learning by exporting hypothesis in the Mozambican context...Business enterprises Economic development Microeconomics
Research BriefJob Creation and Small and Medium Size Enterprises
Business enterprises Economic assistance and foreign aid Industrial policy
Working PaperIs Small Beautiful? Small Enterprise, Aid and Employment in Africa
Aid providers frequently link supporting small firms to job creation. Small firms create about half of new jobs in Africa, but they also have higher failure rates. Ignoring firm exit exaggerates net employment growth...Business enterprises Economic assistance and foreign aid Industrial policy
Journal ArticleBenefits of Formalization: Evidence from Vietnamese Manufacturing SMEs
Based on unique panel data consisting of both formal and informal firms, this paper uses a matched double difference approach to examine the relationship between legal status and firm level outcomes in micro, small and medium manufacturing enterprise...Business enterprises Entrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics)