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15 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperIntergroup contact and its effects on discriminatory attitudes: Evidence from India
The contact hypothesis posits that having diverse neighbours may reduce one’s intergroup prejudice. This hypothesis is difficult to test as individuals self-select into neighbourhoods...Caste Slums India
Working PaperFiscal policy, labour market, and inequality: Diagnosing South Africa's anomalies in the shadow of racial discrimination
Inequality in South Africa is the enduring legacy of racial discrimination...Inequality Discrimination Job search
Working PaperSocial mobility and inequality between groups
The relationship between social mobility and inequality is well studied in the literature, but far greater attention has been paid to ‘vertical’ than to ‘horizontal’ inequality...Social mobility Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality
Research BriefThe gender wage gap in post-apartheid South Africa
The World Bank reports that the world loses US$160 trillion in human capital wealth due to gender wage inequality every year. Inequality is not just an issue of fairness...Labour force participation Gender gap Wage gap
Working PaperThe wage-setting power of firms: Rent-sharing and monopsony in South Africa
Using administrative tax records from South Africa for the period 2011–14, I find that firm wage premia explain 25 per cent of the total wage variance, 60 per cent of the gender wage gap, and 40 per cent of the gap between workers in the middle...Discrimination Firm effects Income inequality
Working PaperDistributional changes in the gender wage gap in the post-apartheid South African labour market
This paper investigates the evolution of the gender wage gap in South Africa, using the 1993–2015 Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series data set. The changes in the gap are heterogeneous across the wage distribution...Labour force participation Gender gap Wage gap
Policy BriefToward gender equity and women’s empowerment
There are three main channels of women’s empowerment: legal or policy reforms, outside economic opportunities, and collective action...Gender Equality Discrimination
BookTowards Gender Equity in Development
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...Gender Equality Discrimination
Journal ArticleDiscrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
BlogAffirmative action policies and South Africa’s racial wage gap
Racial wage inequality and discrimination have pervaded South African society for centuries. Apartheid legislation cemented these disparities by institutionalizing white job reservation and many other unfair practices...Affirmative action Discrimination Apartheid
Working PaperDiscrimination, social capital, and financial constraints: The case of Vietnam
This paper examines the relationship between gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Vietnam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
PresentationASREC Europe 2016
The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) held a conference at the University of Copenhagen on 16-17 May 2016.
ProjectDiscrimination and affirmative action - what have we learnt so far?
Theme: InclusionDiscrimination Class Inequality
ProjectDisadvantaged groups and social mobility
This project has three main objectives in line with UNU-WIDER’s tradition in the area of inclusion and horizontal inequality: (1) to shed further light on the extent to which inequalities run along ethnic, gender, and other communal lines; (2...Disadvantaged groups Social mobility Group-based inequality