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UNU-WIDER findings on the positive influence of female elected officials on economic performance makes headlines

Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Quint and ThePrint.in have published articles discussing the impact of women’s participation in...

Gender Politics Economic growth
Working Paper
Women 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 Paper
Inequality, 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 Paper
South-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
Working Paper
Firm-level corruption: Unravelling sand from grease

This paper adds to the recent literature on firm-level corruption by relying on rich data including detailed information on the purpose and amounts of bribe payments among Vietnamese micro, small, and medium firms...

Corruption Firm performance Small and medium enterprises
Working Paper
How does petty corruption affect tax morale in sub-Saharan Africa

Revenues from taxation gain importance to finance economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Extortion of bribes by public officials can provide one obstacle for tax compliance...

Corruption Tax Economic development
Working Paper
Deterrence, peer effect, and legitimacy in anti-corruption policy-making: An experimental analysis

In our framed laboratory experiment, two Public Officials, A and B, make consecutive decisions regarding embezzlement from separate funds. Official B observes Official A’s decision before making their own...

Corruption Laboratory experiment Peer effect
Working Paper
Taxation, 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 Paper
Anti-corruption policy-making, discretionary power, and institutional quality: An experimental analysis

We analyse policy makers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...

Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
From 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
Economic 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
Fragile Development 2015-2030: Understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development

On 19th June UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Research Fellow Roger Williamson, participated in a panel entitled “Fragile Development 2015-2030: Understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development”. The panel was...

19 June 2015
Guoman Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, United Kingdom
Past event
Journal Article
What Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Government Performance?

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

Public (Decision making) Economic development Corruption
Varying Growth Trajectories of the West and the South: The Role of Inequality and Institutions

27 August 2014 Vladimir Popov Modern economic growth started in the West, not because of the efficiency of various capitalist institutions (elimination of serfdom, free cities, universities)...

Capitalism Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
Journal Article
Designing Effective Civil Service Reform Lessons from Past Experience

Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries

International agencies Corruption Public administration
Journal Article
Corruption and the Efficiency of Capital Investment in Developing Countries

This paper tests the effect of corruption on the efficiency of capital investment...

Capital investments Economic development Corruption
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