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422 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogWhy do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?
One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
BookInequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge...Inequality; Developing countries Middle-income countries
BlogThe Nordic Model — lessons for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, like the Nordic countries, is a social democratic nation with a strong welfare state...Social protection Economic growth Labour market
Journal ArticleThe corruption–growth relationship: Does the political regime matter?
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
ProjectThe domestic savings shortfall in developing countries – what can be done about it?
Theme: Transforming statesDomestic savings Domestic revenue mobilization Economic growth
Research BriefStrengthening SADC trade in alternative fuels: Reducing the impact of global oil prices
Analysis of World Bank data ranging from 1990–2017 indicates that increases in global oil prices would have negative effects on the economic growth of SADC, especially Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Mauritius...Economic growth Oil prices Panel data analysis
LectureKunal Sen presents 'Growth 2.0: The Good Jobs Challenge in Developing Countries' at 24th Bradford Development Lecture
Estimates from the World Bank suggest that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation; meanwhile the ILO has calculated that 344 million jobs need to be created by 2030 to address unemployment. At the same time, around...
Working PaperThe corruption–growth relationship: Do political institutions matter?
Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
From the book: Asian TransformationsTransitional economies Economic growth Poverty
Book ChapterUnemployment, Employment and Development
From the book: Asian TransformationsLabour Employment Economic growth
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
In the mediaUNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Times of India , The Quint , The Diplomat , and more, have published articles discussing the impact of women...Gender Politics Economic growth
BlogNarendra Modi’s performance on the Indian economy: Five key policies assessed
When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in spring 2014 the Indian economy was in the doldrums...Demonitization Political economy Elections
SeminarMaureen Were on is export-led growth a mirage? The case of Kenya
Maureen Were will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 10 April 2019. Abstract – Is export-led growth a mirage? The case of Kenya The role of exports in promoting economic growth has been widely acknowledged. However, despite trade...
Working PaperEvaluating the impact of global oil prices on the SADC and the potential for increased trade in biofuels and natural gas within the region
This paper investigates whether Southern African Development Community countries that are vulnerable to changes in oil prices could instead substitute oil and petroleum products with biofuels and gas from within the region...Economic growth Oil prices Panel data analysis