Blog: Transforming economies, states, and societies – building evidence for achieving the SDGs
Presenting the new work programme
Book: Extractive Industries
Open access | New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending.
Journal Special Issue: Horizontal Inequality: Persistence and Change
Open access | This journal special issue offers conceptual, theoretical, and empirical reasons for treating horizontal inequality as an outcome and challenging assumptions of fixity.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Article: Occupational segregation by race in South Africa after Apartheid
Open access | This article investigates progress in reducing the high level of racial stratification of occupations after apartheid in South Africa.
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.
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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
Journal ArticleHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Revenues from taxation gain in importance to finance economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. One obstacle to enhancing the willingness to remit taxes can be the extortion of bribes by public officials...Corruption Tax Economic development
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 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
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 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
From the book: Growth, Employment, and Poverty in Latin AmericaEconomic development Income distribution Labor market
Working PaperCareer dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
While microfinance institutions (MFIs) are increasingly important as employers in the developing world, there is little micro-level evidence on gender differences among MFI employees and MFIs’ relation to economic development...gender gaps Job mobility Promotion
Working PaperExploring regional and gender disparities in Beninese primary school attendance: A multilevel approach
This study combines household survey data from the Beninese Demographic and Health Survey with school supply statistics in order to investigate regional and gender disparities in primary school attendance rates in Benin...Economic development Demand for schooling Africa