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.
The Stockholm Statement
Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
This new Open Access book provides detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys that have been ongoing for more than three decades.
Learning to Compete: Evidence on Exporting and Firm-Level Performance
This Open Access Journal Special Issue looks at the relationship between exporting and firm-level performance.
221 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperAnti-discrimination measures in education: A comparative policy analysis
Efforts to tackle discrimination in access to basic services have shown mixed results in different country settings...Inequality Anti-discrimination measures Poverty
BlogMissing school years for girls: The case of the Assam insurgency
Girls in India face many challenges. From the moment they are conceived, they are less likely to be born as compared to boys. This presence of “missing girls” appears to be linked to access to ultrasound technology ...Education Conflict
Working PaperGroup-based inequalities: The case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the issue of horizontal inequalities in Viet Nam over the past 20 years...Viet Nam Horizontal inequality Ethnic relations
BlogDoes women’s education reduce rates of death in childbirth?
Every single day, approximately 830 women die from causes related to childbirth. Despite considerable advances in maternal health over the last three decades ( Hogan et al...Education Health Women
Working PaperHorizontal inequality in education and wealth in Tanzania: A 20-year perspective
This study uses five series of demographic and health surveys to answer the question: ‘Is horizontal inequality in education and wealth increasing or decreasing in the 20-year interval between 1991 and 2010?’...Education Equality and inequality Wealth
Working PaperEffect of girls’ secondary school stipend on completed schooling, age at marriage, and age at first birth: Evidence from Bangladesh
There are many studies on the effects of conditional cash transfer programmes on enrolment, productivity and poverty reduction but very few on causal effects on ages at marriage and first birth. And none of them considers the convergence effect...Education Regression analysis Rural development
BlogHow electoral cycles affect school systems – evidence from India
Public sector schools operate within the broader context of political systems and the management of school systems can be influenced by political factors...Education
Working PaperGender differences in child investment behaviour among agricultural households: Evidence from the Lesotho Child Grants Programme
We examine the impacts of an unconditional cash transfer in Lesotho using an experimental impact evaluation design. We find that the cash transfer led to different outcomes for girls and boys, overall favouring secondary school-aged girls...Children Education Labor
Working PaperEthnic fragmentation, public good provision, and inequality in India, 1988-2012
Using data from various rounds of the nationally representative NSSO survey between 1988 and 2012, we first construct national, state, and district-level figures for overall, within and between consumption inequality...Education Equality and inequality Health care
In the mediaGirls’ school enrollment decreases in conflict – UNU-WIDER study gets attention in Indian news
The co-author of a recent UNU-WIDER study, Prakash Singh, has published a column in India’s news site, the Hindu Business Line. In the article, he discusses some of the challenges faced by girls and women in India and the vital role of...Education Gender equality
BlogEnding child marriage and closing the education gap
Women in most parts of the developing world are under-represented in the workplace and poorly paid. One reason for this is the gender gap in education – women tend to be less schooled than men...Education Human capital Women
Working PaperEthnic and racial disparities in children’s education: Comparative evidence from Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Viet Nam
We investigate whether there are racial and ethnic disparities in children’s education in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Viet Nam...Children Education
BlogImproving adult health increases children’s schooling - evidence from Zambia
Both health and education are essential for reducing poverty. Unfortunately, the two are often interlinked and in many countries both are severely lacking...Economic growth Education Health
Working PaperDiscriminatory attitudes and indigenous language promotion: Challenges and solutions
In this paper, we analyse which channels influence individual preferences concerning the choice of the official language in Zambia...Education Equality and inequality History, Local
Working PaperLess restrictive birth control, less education?: Evidence from ethnic minorities in China
This paper investigates the net impact of birth control policy in China on educational attainment of the partially excluded ethnic minorities...Education Fertility, Human Minorities