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.
The Stockholm Statement
Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
This new Open Access book provides detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys that have been ongoing for more than three decades.
Learning to Compete: Evidence on Exporting and Firm-Level Performance
This Open Access Journal Special Issue looks at the relationship between exporting and firm-level performance.
64 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperIntra-household bargaining in poor countries
This paper is intended to bridge the theoretical literature describing efficient intra-household behaviour and the development literature that collects empirical regularities pointing toward the existence of strategic decision-making among spouses...Households Efficiency Development
Working PaperDependence on extractive industries in lower-income countries: The statistical tendencies
This paper synthesizes statistical information evidencing the proposition that extractive industries are of great significance in many low- and middle-income developing economies...Development Oil Gas
BookThe Practice of Industrial Policy: Government–Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Industrialization Industrial policy Structural transformation
BookThe Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Energy Development Climate change
BookBuilding State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Development Problem Driven Iterative Adaption
Working PaperThe curse of the one-size-fits-all fix: Re-evaluating what we know about extractives and economic development
In the context of falls in extractive commodities prices since 2011, this paper examines the history of thinking about the interplay between extractives and economic development...Development Oil Gas
Working PaperTax revenue implications of trade liberalization in low-income countries
Liberalizing trade has proven highly challenging for some low-income countries, as a large share of their tax extraction derives from trade taxation...Trade liberalization Political regimes Taxation
Working PaperHistorical origins of persistent inequality in Nigeria
Horizontal inequality by ethnic group has remained remarkably persistent for wealth, education, and access to certain services in Nigeria...Development Ethnicity Geopolitical zone
Working PaperTax structures and economic growth: New evidence from the Government Revenue Dataset
Recent work on the relationship between tax structure and economic growth has offered little reliable evidence for developing countries...Economic growth Fiscal policy Development
ConferenceGrowth and development policy – new data, new approaches, and new evidence
Economies in the southern Africa region face thorny challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies, job creation, and the need to share the benefits of growth. For the past three years, more than 100 researchers have engaged in a...
PresentationAfrica's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies
Research BriefFuture climate scenarios for South Africa: The importance of mitigating emissions
More intense climate changes are expected in South Africa if GHG emissions are not constrained. Increased GHG emissions are likely to result in increases in average annual surface temperatures and higher evaporation rates...Climate change Runoff Streamflow
Research BriefClimate change effects on irrigation demand and crop yields in South Africa
The demand for irrigation is likely to increase in South Africa as a result of increased temperatures and evaporation rates. Rain-fed agricultural crops are likely to experience a decline in average annual yields...Climate change Runoff Streamflow
Project workshopContemporary issues in gender and development
Project workshopGender and development
This project workshop, organized by UNU-WIDER and University of Namur, brings together researchers to discuss joint work on gender and development. The workshop will be held in Helsinki on 4 – 5 October 2016.
BlogResponding to crises: What can we do? What’s next?
Although sometimes over used, the word 'crisis' accurately describes many challenges of today's world, such as climage change, war and refugees, economic volatility, pandemics, and the continuing unmet needs of the poor, hungry, and negle...Climate change Development Foreign aid