Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
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 Special Issue: Fiscal 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. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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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
Book ChapterRural transformation: a commune-level analysis Growth Structural transformation Rural development
Book ChapterCharacteristics of the VARHS data and other data sources Growth Structural transformation Rural development
BookGrowth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam: A Rising Dragon on the Move
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Growth Structural transformation Rural development
Working PaperSAMOD, a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model: Recent developments
This paper provides an account of a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model—SAMOD—which has been developed for use by government over the past ten years...Economic policy Income tax Taxation
Working PaperTaxation and inequality in developing countries: Lessons from the recent experience of Latin America
This paper aims to advance understanding about the relationship between taxation and inequality in developing countries, focusing on the recent experience of Latin America...Economic policy Equality and inequality Income distribution
Working PaperUnderstanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme
This paper examines the political economy of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme, concluding that strong government commitment to the programme has been shaped by the specific characteristics of the political settlement that was established...Economic policy Political science Social conditions
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Justin Yifu Lin
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on New Structural Economics.Structural transformation Productivity Economic policy
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Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 15.Structural transformation Productivity Economic policy
BlogDevelopment, democracy and cohesion: Critical essays with insights on Sierra Leone and wider Africa contexts
African countries face huge challenges in building democratic and cohesive societies that will enhance the wellbeing of their citizens...Democracy Economic development Economic policy
Journal Special IssueAid, Education Policy, and Development
The studies of this Special Issue aim to address the general question of how aid can better support the collective actions that seek to improve education systems in developing countries...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Sustainable development
BlogThe role of economists in policy-making
At our 30 th Anniversary Conference Stefan Dercon of University of Oxford and DfID and Stephen O’Connell of USAID participated in a session on the role of economists in policy-making...Economic development Economic policy Economists
Journal ArticleWhat works to improve the quality of student learning in developing countries?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Education Policy, and DevelopmentEconomic policy Education