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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.
52 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperTowards the integration of markets: Competition in road transportation of perishable goods between Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Rapid urbanization and rising income levels in Southern Africa have increased the consumption of perishable and processed food products...Road transportation Food industry and trade Cross-border logistics
Working PaperUnderstanding intra-regional transport: Competition in road transportation between Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Efficient transport links are critical to enhancing the integration of markets in Southern Africa...Cross-border logistics Road transportation southern Africa
Working PaperAir transport in Africa: A portrait of capacity and competition in various market segments
Sub-Saharan Africa’s air transport, though low in overall volume when compared to other regions in the world, has experienced significant growth in the last decade, both in international and domestic traffic...air transport Aviation safety Competition
Working PaperThe expansion of regional supermarket chains and implications for local suppliers: A comparison of findings from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Since the early 2000s, there has been rapid growth in the number and spread of supermarkets in southern Africa...Supermarkets Regional value chains Strategy
In the mediaMade in Africa book mentioned in Nigerian newspaper 'Business Online' column
There is an urgent need to diversify Nigeria’s economy, but what really means economic diversification for Nigerian policy makers?Industrial development Nigeria Exports
BookManufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Competition Econometrics Globalization
BlogCommodities, industry, and the African Growth Miracle
The 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank occur during uncertain times for the “African Growth Miracle.” After more than two decades of sustained economic expansion, growth in sub-Saharan Africa slow...Competition Economic development Economic growth
BlogIndustrial clusters: Who benefits?
Manufacturing production in both developed and developing economies tends to be highly geographically concentrated in cities and industrial clusters...Competition Economic development Industrial management
BookMade in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry
Over the past forty years, industry and business interests have moved increasingly from the developed to the developing world, yet Africa’s share of global manufacturing has fallen from about 3 percent in 1970 to less than 2 percent in 2014...Competition Econometrics Globalization
Book ChapterRegulatory Reform for Closing Africa's Competitiveness Gap
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2...Competition Industrial policy International economic relations
BlogAfrica's Failure to Industrialize: Bad Luck or Bad Policy?
16 December 2014 John Page On 20 November 2014 the United Nations celebrated the 25th Africa Industrialization Day. But perhaps ‘celebrate’ is not exactly the right word...Competition Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
PresentationInternational Economic Association 17th World Congress
UNU-WIDER organized two sessions during the 17th World Congress of the International Economic Association. Learning to Compete – Sunday 8 June 2014 Chaired by Finn Tarp Out of Africa: A comparative perspective on why Africa failed to...
Working PaperRegulatory Reform for Closing Africa’s Competitiveness Gap
Over the past decade, Africa has been experiencing an economic resurgence. Yet, the continent is facing several difficult challenges and many economies of the region continue to be among the least competitive in the world...Competition Industrial policy International economic relations
Working PaperDisentangling the Pattern of Geographic Concentration in Tunisian Manufacturing Industries
In this paper, we examine the pattern of spatial concentration of manufacturing industries observed in Tunisia and explore the factors driving firms’ choices of location at the provincial level...Competition Industrial management Manufacturing industries
Working PaperClustering, Competition, and Spillover Effects: Evidence from Cambodia
The potential benefits of the geographical clustering of economic activity have been well documented in the literature, yet there is little empirical evidence quantifying these effects in developing country contexts...Competition Economic development Industrial management