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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
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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
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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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Working PaperThe asymmetric impact of economic policy uncertainty on firm-level investment in South Africa: Firm-level evidence from administrative tax data
This paper uses firm-level data and a news-based measure of economic policy uncertainty to provide empirical evidence that economic policy uncertainty has a negative impact on firm-level investment in South Africa...Economic policy policy uncertainty Investment
Book ChapterConstruction and public procurement in Uganda
From the book: Mining for ChangeConstruction sector Procurement Natural resources
BlogA summer of learning: Takeaways from the first UNU-WIDER Summer School
As an applied economist working as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria, opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with peers can be few and far between...Labour market Household data Economic policy
Book ChapterUnderstanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme Economic policy Political science Social conditions
Policy seminarChanging technologies and the jobs of tomorrow
Watch the live stream recording United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a three-day...
Results meetingTowards an inclusive economy — How do we support job creation and reduce inequalities in South Africa?
Working PaperConstruction and public procurement in Uganda
As it transitions to an oil-producing country, Uganda’s investments in infrastructure and physical capital will increasingly depend on the ability of the construction sector to respond to surges in demand and transform investment effort into ou...Construction sector Procurement Natural resources
BlogReflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogWhat is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogDevelopment policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
Journal Special IssueFirm level analysis using administrative record data
This special issue focuses on a collaborative effort between the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to employ administrative record data from SARS for economic policy analysis...Firm-level analysis South Africa Economic policy