Sustainable Development Explorer
UNU has launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting ongoing work to support each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
18 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperFiscal policy, state building and economic development
This paper presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place over the past three decades...tax policy Economic development Developing countries
Journal ArticleInequality: Measurement, trends, impacts and policies
Part of Journal Special Issue InequalityDeveloping countries Inequality Poverty
Working PaperQuantifying the impacts of expanding social protection on efficiency and equity: Evidence from a behavioural microsimulation model for Ghana
A large informal sector is a challenge for developing countries building up social protection systems...Developing countries Social protection Taxation
Working PaperPoverty and wellbeing impacts of microfinance: What do we know?
Over the last 35 years, microfinance has been generally regarded as an effective policy tool in the fight against poverty. Yet, the question of whether access to credit leads to poverty reduction and improved wellbeing remains open...Microfinance Poverty Well being
Journal ArticleDoes Social Spending Improve Welfare in Low-income and Middle-income Countries?
Over the past two decades, there has been unprecedented attention to the promotion of human development via government spending in the social sectors as a conditio sine qua non for economic growth and improved aggregate welfare...Social spending Aggregate welfare Welfare
Working PaperWhat makes countries negotiate away their corporate tax base?
Qualitative case studies suggest that the outcomes of tax treaty negotiations are determined by power politics and negotiating capability...Developing countries Foreign Direct Investment Taxation
Working PaperGlobal distribution of revenue loss from tax avoidance: Re-estimation and country results
International corporate tax is an important source of government revenue, especially in lower-income countries...corporate income tax International taxation tax avoidance
Working PaperFiscal decentralization and the shadow economy
In this paper we use the new Government Revenue Dataset to analyse fiscal decentralization...Taxation Decentralization Fiscal decentralization
Working PaperEstimating profit shifting in South Africa using firm-level tax returns
Using the universe of South African corporate tax returns for 2009–14, we estimate profit- and debt-shifting responses in South Africa...Developing countries International taxation Multinational firms
AboutPhotos - AL12
Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 12.Developing countries History (Economics) GDP
PresentationWhat works in education aid policy in developing countries? A systematic review
SeminarThe post-2015 development framework: Priorities for the least developed countries
Conference participant, Finn Tarp, Director. For more information please see the Wilton Park event page here .
LectureThe burden of external debt in developing countries
Invited Guest Lecturer, Imed Drine, Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. Contact person: Tafor Prince Will, University of Jyväskylä...
PresentationSocial protection in sub-Saharan Africa: Will the green shoots blossom?
Social Protection in the form of conditional cash transfers, non-contributory social pension schemes or targeted workfare programs, have evolved in recent years in an increasing number of developing countries. Impact evaluations show that social...
ProjectExperimental and non-experimental methods to study government performance: contributions and limits
Theme: Development finance
In recent years, field experiments using randomized trials have gained increasing popularity in the field of development economics. In particular, scholars have argued strongly for their use as the best means of identifying ‘what works’...Field experiments Non-experimental methods Governance