Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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In the mediaUNU-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 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
Working PaperFirm-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 PaperHow 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 PaperDeterrence, 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 PaperTaxation, 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 PaperAnti-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)
BlogFrom 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
BlogEconomic 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
PresentationFragile 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...
Journal ArticleWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Government Performance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsPublic (Decision making) Economic development Corruption
BlogVarying 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 ArticleDesigning Effective Civil Service Reform Lessons from Past Experience
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesInternational agencies Corruption Public administration
Journal ArticleCorruption 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