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.
Call for papers on migration and mobility
The submission deadline for this WIDER Development Conference jointly organized with ARUA is 1 May 2017.
The Stockholm Statement
Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
Call for papers on public economics for development
This WIDER Development Conference will take stock of current evidence on the impacts of the public sector on the economy and the wellbeing of citizens, and about ways to improve tax and public spending policies. Deadline 13 March 2017.
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.
1414 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogHow big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow. Supermarkets are a key route to market for many suppliers of food and household consumable products...Supermarkets Growth Economic development
Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas is a core component of peacebuilding...Conflict management Foreign aid Economic development
Working PaperIndustries without smokestacks: Telecommunication and ICT-based services trade
This paper provides a basic understanding of the nature of emerging key information and communication technologies, and establishes the distance of countries from high-quality access to the internet—the necessary threshold one needs to cross in...Economic development Innovation Growth
Working PaperHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in sub-Saharan Africa
Revenues from taxation gain importance to finance economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Extortion of bribes by public officials can provide one obstacle for tax compliance...Corruption Tax Economic development
Working PaperUnderstanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa: An overview
The South African services sector is large and growing. This coupled with declining employment shares in manufacturing and mining (i.e. deindustrialization) suggests that South Africa is a de facto service-orientated economy...Services Economic development South Africa
Book ChapterMozambique: Jobs and Welfare in an Agrarian Economy
From the book: Jobs For Development: Challenges and Solutions in Different Country Settings...Economic development Productivity
Research BriefPotential impacts of climate change on national water supply in South Africa
Climate change risks for run-off and irrigation demand vary significantly across South Africa, with some regions expected to experience increased drying and others flooding Smaller impacts on water resources by 2050 are expected if global emissions a...Climate change Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperThe role and effectiveness of Special Economic Zones in Tanzania
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have been successfully used as an industrial policy tool in many countries...Economic development Industrial policy Nonprofit organizations
BlogEffective taxation policies to promote equitable growth and development
Taxation is a crucial source of revenue for countries around the world and plays an important role in development efforts...Economic development Taxation
Journal ArticleWhat Is the Aggregate Economic Rate of Return to Foreign Aid?
In recent years, academic studies have been converging towards the view that foreign aid promotes aggregate economic growth...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Simulation methods (Economics)
BlogFive things I learned from the 'Responding to crises' conference
The ‘ Responding to crises ’ conference was marked by wide range of topics...Economic development Equality and inequality
BlogResponding to crises - a personal approach to the conference theme
Crisis can mean different things to different people. In response to this week's WIDER conference , we must ask ‘Which crises, and crises for whom?’. The crises with the biggest impact may be long-term rather than short-lived...Economic development Sustainable development
Working PaperStructural transformation in the world economy: On the significance of developing countries
This paper outlines the contours of global economic development, since 1980, to analyse underlying factors and consider future implications...Economic development Economic growth Globalization
BlogMade in Africa - Learning to Compete in Industry: Policy proposals
One of the strengths of the new UNU-WIDER and Brookings book Made in Africa is that, in the best sense of the word, its proposals are debatable. It provides evidence and arguments for particular policies...Economic development International trade Manufacturing industries
Working PaperFinancial systems in new middle-income African economies: The opportunities and the risks
This paper examines the possible implications for the financial systems of low-income African economies and in particular Tanzania of their stated aspiration to achieve middle-income status...Econometrics Economic development Finance
Working PaperThe behavioural implications of women’s empowerment programmes
Participatory community programmes are a potentially important tool for social empowerment and economic development. How do participatory programmes that specifically target women affect community trust and cohesion?...Economic development Field experiments Pension trusts