UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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168 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterHow important are management practices for the productivity of small and medium enterprises?
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamEntrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics) Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperKey behavioural characteristics of small-business owners: A lab-in-the-field experiment in Myanmar
This study investigates the role of owners’ personal preferences and behaviour in determining the success of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises using a lab-in-the-field experiment with small-business owners in Myanmar...Entrepreneurship Risk-taking Trust
Journal ArticleCan Business Rights Alleviate Group-Based Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa?: Understanding the Limits to Reform
Part of Journal Special Issue Legal Empowerment and Group-Based InequalityGroup-based inequality Minorities Business
Working PaperInformation, identification, or neither?: Experimental evidence on role models in Vietnam
How can development programmes reach out to remote communities? This paper presents experimental evidence on the impact of a role models intervention that aims to inspire ethnic minority households to start businesses and diversify income sources...Role models ethnic minorities Rural areas
Book ChapterBreaking the metal ceiling: Female entrepreneurs who succeed in male-dominated sectors
From the book: Towards Gender Equity in DevelopmentGender Norms Labour market participation
Working PaperHow important are management practices for the productivity of small and medium enterprises?
Is the lack of ‘managerial capital’, alongside human and financial capital, a constraint on the growth of firms in developing countries? The evidence on this is still mixed, especially among small and medium enterprises...Entrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics) Small and medium enterprises
Journal ArticleDoes managerial personality matter?: Evidence from firms in Vietnam
Using novel data from micro, small and medium firms in Vietnam, we estimate the relationship between behavioural and personality traits of owners/managers – risk attitudes, locus of control, and innovativeness – and firm-level decisions...Entrepreneurship SMEs Firm performance
Journal ArticleDiscrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Working PaperDoes managerial personality matter?: Evidence from firms in Vietnam
Using novel data from micro, small, and medium firms in Vietnam, we estimate the relationship between behavioural and personality traits of owners/managers—risk attitudes, locus of control, and innovativeness—and firm-level decisions...Entrepreneurship SMEs Firm performance
Working PaperBreaking the metal ceiling: Female entrepreneurs who succeed in male-dominated sectors
Occupational segregation significantly contributes to the earnings gender gap worldwide...Gender Norms Labour market participation
Working PaperDefining high-growth firms in South Africa
Traditionally, much of the research on economic growth drivers has been focused on small and medium enterprises...Firm growth High-growth firms South Africa
Working PaperDiscrimination, social capital, and financial constraints: The case of Vietnam
This paper examines the relationship between gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Vietnam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Working PaperBusiness rights and ethnic exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa: Addressing group-based inequality through business rights reform
The business rights pillar of the Legal Empowerment of the Poor agenda is not preoccupied with equality of outcome; it concentrates instead on equality of opportunity...Legal empowerment Entrepreneurship Affirmative action
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments