NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
NEW PROJECT: Institutional legacies of violent conflict
This project seeks to increase understanding among policymakers, academics and practitioners of how institutional dynamics that develop during violent conflicts shape state-building and economic development trajectories in the long run. More
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Inequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge. This book contributes to this important discussion by presenting assessments of the measurement and analysis of global inequality by leading inequality scholars. Read more
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
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Policy seminarSA-TIED policy dialogue – Macroeconomics and inequality in South Africa
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at the IAB seminar series
The Institute for Employment Research ( IAB ) is hosting an online seminar series " Corona - leveler or amplifier of social and economic inequality? ". The weekly seminar series aims to bring together empirically rigorous contributions...
SeminarSA-TIED seminar on pension-related tax expenditures
On 03 May the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on pension-related tax expenditures. The presentation will be given by Agustin Redonda and Chris Axelson under the SA-TIED project work stream on Public revenue for inclusive development ...
Project workshop3rd Annual workshop: Inequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust
BlogNew WIID Companion to improve the study of inequality
There is a growing need to understand income inequality trends and how they interplay with other social, economic, and political outcomes, both at the country level and worldwide...Inequality Equality Economic inequality
Working PaperThe social psychology of economic inequality
In this review, I provide an overview of the literature investigating the social psychology of economic inequality, focusing on individuals’ understandings, perceptions, and reactions to inequality...Inequality Economic inequality Psychological aspects (Economics)
Research BriefDoes exchange rate volatility amplify existing inequalities in South Africa?
Even though poverty and inequality have been of overriding concern in South Africa’s development policies and programmes since its democratization in 1994, measures of poverty, inequality, and related phenomena in the country do not show a clea...Functional distribution Income distribution Economic inequality
Blog35 years of research for change – what's next?: Building just societies
To celebrate its 35 th birthday, UNU-WIDER has looked back at some of its greatest achievements...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogThe developer’s dilemma in India – the role of politics and economic ideology
Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogLate development, early adoption – how new technology is reshaping the future of structural change
Technological catch-up is bringing new asynchronies to development pathways. What does this mean for employment, globalization, and inequality?...Structural transformation Technology Developer's dilemma
BlogStudying COVID-19 through the lens of microsimulation: The role of tax and benefit policies in alleviating poverty and inequality
As the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, developing nations are struggling to deliver economic assistance and public services to their citizens, under pressures of fiscal constraints and tax revenue losses...Tax-benefit microsimulation Tax-benefit policy Individual poverty
Blog35 years of research for change: Bringing inequality to the fore (1998-2020)
UNU-WIDER released the world’s first estimates of the global wealth distribution in 2007 – one result of a 2004 – 05 project, ‘ Personal Assets from a Global Perspective ’...Global inequality Economic inequality
BlogUNU-WIDER at 35: Letter from the Director
2020 promised to be a big year for UNU-WIDER, with the celebration of our 35th anniversary, the 45th birthday of UNU, and 75 years of the UN...Structural adjustment (Economic policy) IMF Human Development Report
Project workshopInequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust: 2nd Annual Workshop
More than 30 participants attended the 2nd annual workshop for ‘Trust and Governance’ project, held virtually on the 16th and 17th April 2020. The workshop was initially set to be held in Colombia but had to be moved to a virtual...