35 years of research for change – what's next?
Join our anniversary celebrations as we reflect on some of the greatest achievements of UNU-WIDER over the last 35 years and how we see our work creating change in the future. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
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How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
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63 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
ConferenceDevelopment challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Journal ArticleHealth-system equity, egalitarian democracy and COVID-19 outcomes: An empirical analysis
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spate of studies showing a close connection between inequitable access to health care, welfare services and adverse outcomes from the pandemic...COVID-19 Healthcare healthcare access
Working PaperThe role of automatic stabilizers and emergency tax–benefit policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador
This paper makes use of tax–benefit microsimulation techniques to quantify the distributional effects of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the role of tax–benefit policies in mitigating the immediate impact of the economic shocks...COVID-19 microsimulation Poverty
Working PaperEstimates of multidimensional poverty for India using NSSO-71 and -75
We measure multidimensional poverty in India using National Sample Survey Organization data from 2014–15 to 2017–18. We use income, health, education, and standard of living to measure the multidimensional poverty index (MPI)...multidimensional poverty index Income Poverty
In the mediaUNU-WIDER expert interviewed on COVID-19 impacts on trust in governments in Finnish development magazine COVID-19
SeminarMyles Wickstead on the changing face of aid and development
Working PaperDo bigger health budgets cushion pandemics?: An empirical test of COVID-19 deaths across the world
How has government healthcare spending prepared countries for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic? Arguably, spending is the primary policy tool of governments in providing effective health...COVID-19 Healthcare Healthcare expenditure
SeminarDaria Taglioni on international trade and supply chains post COVID-19
BlogHeadline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?
States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic...COVID-19 Capable states state capacity
BlogThe world needs a people’s vaccine
The world needs a people’s vaccine for COVID-19 — one provided universally, and accessible to the entire world population. A patent-protected vaccine could ultimately exclude many people from being vaccinated and protected...COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine
Working PaperHorizontal inequality, COVID-19, and lockdown readiness: Evidence from India
A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 both reﬂects and exacerbates existing inequalities...Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality Caste
Annual LectureUN at 75: slow death or new direction?
SeminarTowards UN LDC5: Recovery from COVID-19
SeminarFunda Ustek-Spilda on fair work in the gig economy after COVID-19
Working PaperMigration and the labour market impacts of COVID-19
Using detailed microdata, we document how migration-dependent households are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic...Migration COVID-19 panel
Working PaperThe Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918–20: An interpretative survey in the time of COVID-19
The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-20—commonly known as the Spanish flu—infected over a quarter of the world’s population and killed over 50 million people...Spanish flu COVID-19 pandemic