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
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
Opportunities to work with UNU-WIDER
Check out our exciting open opportunities - including a request for research proposals, and vacancies in our team
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
Check out our research in brief
Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
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Conference20th Annual Nordic Conference in Development Economics
The 20th Nordic Conference in Development Economics (NCDE 2022) will be held in Helsinki on June 15-16, 2022. This yearly conference serves as a meeting point for development economists active in the Nordic countries, but is also targeted more...
BlogA summer reading list of our latest papers, articles, and books
At the UNU-WIDER offices here in Helsinki, Finland, the summer holidays are almost upon us. Looking at the list of new UNU-WIDER publications, it is easy to see how much we accomplished this past year, despite the many constraints faced...Inequality Gender equality Gender inequality
BlogMigrant workers in the Covid-19 pandemic
Millions of migrant workers around the world provide valuable income for their families and contribute more broadly to the economies of both their home and host countries...COVID-19 Migration Global health
LectureDeepak Nayyar lecture at LSE on Resurgent Asia
The lecture will analyse the phenomenal transformation of Asia, which would have been difficult to imagine, let alone predict, fifty years ago. In doing so, it provides an analytical narrative of this remarkable story of economic development,...
BlogRandomized control trials – why they deserve the Nobel and what should happen next
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach — randomized control trials (RCTs) — to alleviating global poverty...Development Economics Nobel Prize
BlogReflections on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
The award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, has led to a flurry of blogs and op-ed pieces ...Nobel Prize Development Economics Structural transformation
Policy BriefLearning from a half-century of economic development in Asia
When Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968, he was deeply pessimistic about the development prospects in Asia...Development Economics Asia Industrial policy
Working PaperInequality in China: Development, transition, and policy
In this paper we describe the major trends in China’s income inequality over the past 40 years and explain them as the outcome of four interleaved stories...China Inequality Development Economics
In the mediaWIDER Development Conference in Helsinki draws media attention
The 2018 WIDER development conference, Think development – Think WIDER , took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 13-15 September. The conference focused on the main themes and findings of UNU-WIDER’s research over the last 10 years—...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics
BlogReflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogWhat is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogDevelopment policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
Conference2018 Nordic conference on development economics
VideoEvaluating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Southern Africa
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Plenary 2Climate change Water use Renewable energy
Policy workshopDevelopment finance - a role for foreign assistance
Has foreign aid boosted economic growth on average in developing countries? How and why is the aid landscape changing? What are the key strategic choices ahead for the development community? These and many other questions were discussed in a policy...
SeminarNordic Cooperation towards eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable development for all
Nordic ministers for development cooperation to Helsinki – towards closer cooperation