UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
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81 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperCorruption and assortative matching of partners in international trade
While the effects of corruption on bilateral trade have been relatively well explored, its effect on the composition of trading partners has not been studied...Corruption international bribery International trade
SeminarStéphane Straub on voting corrupt politicians out of office? Evidence from a survey experiment in Paraguay
Stéphane Straub will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 13 November 2019. Abstract – Voting corrupt politicians out of office? Evidence from a survey experiment in Paraguay This paper challenges the conventional wisdom that giving...
Journal ArticleInequality, good governance, and endemic corruption
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionCorruption Tax administration data Governance
Working PaperThe corruption–growth relationship: Do political institutions matter?
Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
Journal ArticleSouth‐South Irregular Migration: The Impacts of China's Informal Gold Rush in Ghana
Part of Journal Special Issue Migration Governance and Policy in the Global SouthGhana China Gold rush
In the mediaUNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Times of India , The Quint , The Diplomat , and more, have published articles discussing the impact of women...Gender Politics Economic growth
Journal ArticleBypassing Government: Aid Effectiveness and Malawi’s Local Development Fund
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
BlogNarendra Modi’s performance on the Indian economy: Five key policies assessed
When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in spring 2014 the Indian economy was in the doldrums...demonitisation Political economy Elections
Working PaperInstitutional bypass and aid effectiveness in Africa
Many practical and action-oriented international roadmaps to improve the quality of aid and its delivery and impact on development—including the Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action, and Busan Partnership—emphasize a more active inv...Aid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Working PaperA short history of India's economy: A chapter in the Asian drama
This paper is a short history of the Indian economy since 1968. India today is a changed country from what it was half a century ago, when Myrdal published his Asian Drama...Growth Political economy Corruption
Journal ArticleHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This article is currently available for early online view. Revenues from taxation gain in importance to finance economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa...Corruption Tax Economic development
Journal ArticleAnti-corruption policy making, discretionary power and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policymakers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Working PaperWomen legislators and economic performance
There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last 20 years...women legislators political representation Corruption
Working PaperInequality, good governance and endemic corruption
Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a ‘culture of evasion’ damages state authority...Corruption Tax administration data Governance
Working PaperSouth-South labour migration and the impact of the informal China-Ghana gold rush 2008–13
This paper examines irregular South-South migration from China to Ghana, and the role it has played in transforming livelihoods and broader developmental landscapes...Ghana China Gold rush