In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
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Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
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13 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperSocial protection expansions during crisis and fiscal space: From ad hoc to durable solutions?
This study provides a first attempt to contribute a large-scale assessment of whether crisis response as observed during the COVID-19 pandemic can serve as a feasible blueprint for creating durable solutions across countries...Social protection Tax revenue COVID-19
Working PaperCOVID-19 and the state: Nicaragua case study
Unlike Latin American peers, and contrary to World Health Organization recommendations, Nicaragua eschewed lockdowns and other common strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19...Nicaragua Authoritarianism Leadership
Working PaperCorruption and crisis: do institutions matter?
While the short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods are well understood, we know little about the effect of the pandemic for longer-term outcomes such as corruption...Corruption Institutions Crisis
Journal ArticleMeasuring global poverty before and during the pandemic: A political economy of overoptimism
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. The contribution of this study is to question the ‘official’ estimates of global monetary poverty up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic...COVID-19 Crisis Global poverty
BlogAbove or below the poverty line: Three key questions for understanding shifts in global poverty
In 2010 and the following years, there was attention to the fact that much of global poverty had shifted to middle-income countries (for example here , here , and here )...COVID-19 Global poverty Crisis
BlogDr Pia Rattenhuber on inequality in crises — an interview
How do crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic influence inequality and the other way around? This year’s UN Day Dresden put a spotlight on “ Inequalities in Crises ”...Inequality COVID-19 Crisis
PresentationPia Rattenhuber's keynote speech at UNU-FLORES United Nations Day 2021 commemorative event
United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources ( UNU-FLORES ) organizes a commemorative event in Dresden on the occasion of the UN day 2021. The topic of the event is Inequalities in crises. UNU-WIDER...
Journal ArticleData deprivations, data gaps and digital divides: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
This study draws lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for the relationship between data-driven decision making and global development...Data science Data Artificial intelligence
Journal ArticleCOVID-19 and global poverty: Are LDCs being left behind?
The study paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of IMF’s growth forecasts...COVID-19 Global poverty Least Developed Countries
Working PaperData, global development, and COVID-19: Lessons and consequences
The COVID-19 pandemic holds at least seven lessons for the relationship between data-driven decision making, the use of artificial intelligence, and development...Data science Data Artificial intelligence
Working PaperPrecarity and the pandemic: COVID-19 and poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries
This paper makes a set of estimates for the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries and on the distribution of global poverty...COVID-19 Crisis Global poverty
Working PaperCOVID-19 and global poverty: Are LDCs being left behind?
This paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of the IMF’s April 2020 growth forecasts...COVID-19 Global poverty Least Developed Countries
Working PaperEstimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty
In this paper we make estimates of the potential short-term economic impact of COVID-19 on global monetary poverty through contractions in per capita household income or consumption...Global poverty COVID-19 SDGs