In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
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Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
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Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
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The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
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Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
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29 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperEconomic and non-economic returns to Communist Party membership in Vietnam
Single-party political systems exist in a number of countries, such as China and Vietnam. In these countries, party membership is potentially an important source of economic and social status...Communist Income Credit
Book ChapterWhy Are the Elite in China Motivated and Able to Promote Growth?
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentCommunist Economic development Political science
Book ChapterInnovation and Dynamism: Interaction between Systems and Technical Progress
From the book: Economies in TransitionCapitalism Communist Comparative economics
Book ChapterTwenty Years of Political Transition
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Comparative economics Econometric models
Book ChapterThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist History of economics Institutional economics
Book ChapterCivil Society, Institutional Change and the Politics of Reform: The Great Transition
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Institutional economics Microeconomics
Book ChapterTransition, Structural Divergence, and Performance: Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union over 2000-2007
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Economic development Industrial productivity
Book ChapterThe Long Road to Normalcy: Where Russia Now Stands
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Comparative economics Econometric models (Economic development)
Book ChapterTransition in Southeast Europe: Understanding Economic Development and Institutional Change
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterCentral Asia after Two Decades of Independence
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist Comparative economics Economic development
Working PaperWhy Are the Elite in China Motivated to Promote Growth?
Rapid economic development in China in the post-1978 era has been considered 'intriguing' and 'puzzling' since it occurred under the dominance of the Chinese Communist Party – the fusion of politics and economics is supposed to ...Communist Economic development Political science
Working PaperThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
This study provides evidence that culture understood as values and beliefs moves very slowly. Despite massive institutional change, values and beliefs in transition countries have not changed much over the last 20 years...Communist History of economics Institutional economics
Working PaperCentral Asia after Two Decades of Independence
After becoming independent in 1991, the five Central Asian countries pursued differing transition paths from the defunct central planning. This paper analyses the connection between economic policies and performance during the 1990s and 2000s...Communist Comparative economics Economic development
Working PaperTransition in Southeast Europe: Understanding Economic Development and Institutional Change
The paper analyses the 20-year experience with transition in the SEE countries in a comparative framework, illustrating how these countries encountered difficulties in its implementation, despite having some of the best starting conditions in 1989 to...Communist Economic development Institutional economics
Working PaperCivil Society, Institutional Change and the Politics of Reform: The Great Transition
This paper examines the relationship between differences in civil society development under communism and the political, economic and institutional change and transformation after 1989...Communist Institutional economics Microeconomics
Working PaperInnovation and Dynamism: Interaction between Systems and Technical Progress
Literature on post-socialist transformation usually deals with the political, economic and social sides of it, although there have also been important changes in the field of technical advance in the last 20 years...Capitalism Communist Comparative economics