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WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Journal Article: What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative-quantitative divide in Mozambique
Open access | This article reflects on the merits of seeking to reconcile economic (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitative) analytical approaches.
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.
1419 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleWhat determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
This article is currently available for early online view. While it is recognised that effective state institutions are pivotal for economic development, their origins and what explains their cross-country differences are not well understood...state capacity Administrative capacity Public finance management
Journal ArticleAgricultural extension, intra-household allocation and malaria
Can agricultural development programs improve health-related outcomes? We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of a large-scale agricultural extensionprogram in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Journal ArticleThe Effects of the Value-Added Tax on Revenue and Inequality
This paper examines the impact of the introduction of the value-added tax on inequality and government revenues using newly released macro data...Economic development Equality and inequality Taxation
Working PaperEmpirical challenges comparing inequality across countries: The case of middle-income countries from the LIS database
This study presents new empirical results, using microdata from the LIS database, on development patterns in economic inequality for a set of countries that are less covered in the empirical literature, mostly due to the lack of appropriate data...Economic development Equality Middle-income countries
Book ChapterUnderstanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa: an overview
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Economic development South Africa
Book ChapterCareer dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
From the book: Towards Gender Equity in Developmentgender gaps Job mobility Promotion
Journal ArticleHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This article is currently available for early online view. Revenues from taxation gain in importance to finance economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa...Corruption Tax Economic development
Journal ArticleExploring regional and gender disparities in Beninese primary school attendance: A multilevel approach
DHS data is combined with school supply statistics to study primary school attendance in the 2005–06 school year in Benin, a country that has seen almost unparalleled increases in attendance since the 1990s...Economic development Demand for schooling Africa
Journal ArticleIntroduction: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Developmenttax policy Economic development Developing countries
Journal Special IssueFiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place, as an introduction to this United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Rese...Fiscal policy Economic development Taxation
Working PaperWhat determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
While it is recognized that effective state institutions are pivotal for economic development, it is not well understood what their origins are and what explains their cross-country differences...state capacity Administrative capacity Public finance management
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
BlogIncome generation and malaria in Uganda
Several large-scale efforts have been made to combat malaria in the last decade under the Millennium Development Goals, and while these have led to a rapid decline in cases, malaria continues to exact a heavy toll on sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Working PaperEducational inequality in Mozambique
In very poor countries, inequality often means that a small part of the population maintains living standards far above the rest...Education Economic development Inequality
Working PaperDevelopment and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa
This paper puts sub-Saharan Africa’s economic development into perspective...Sub-Saharan Africa Economic development Transformation