Sustainable Development Explorer
UNU has launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting ongoing work to support each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
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.
158 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
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 Viet Nam
Using novel data from micro, small, and medium firms in Viet Nam, 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 Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship between 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 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
BlogEconomic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8
This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperEconomic transformation and the diversification of livelihoods in rural Viet Nam
Diversification of household activities away from agriculture is a key characteristic of economic development...Agricultural laborers Economic development Entrepreneurship
Book ChapterCapitalism and African Business Cultures
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 1...Business Capitalism Entrepreneurship
Book ChapterYoung People, Agriculture and Employment in Rural Africa
From the book: African Youth and the Persistence of MarginalizationAgriculture Economic development Entrepreneurship
Working PaperPrivate Returns to Education for Wage-employees and the Self-employed in Uganda
The paper investigates the differences in private marginal returns to education between wage-employees and the self-employed in Uganda, using the Mincerian framework with pooled regression models...Education Entrepreneurship Panel analysis
Research BriefHow can aid promote the empowerment of women?
Aid projects that specifically target women tend be better at increasing gender equality than those that mainstream gender...Economic assistance and foreign aid Entrepreneurship Feminist economics
Working PaperSkills and Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa
The shortages of entrepreneurial skills have lowered search effectiveness of potential young entrepreneurs and the rate of youth start-ups...Economic policy Entrepreneurship Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogLearning to Compete: Lessons from Vietnam – An Interview with Carol Newman
28 May 2014 In this interview Carol Newman discusses the success of the Vietnamese economic transformation and lessons which can be drawn for Africa...Entrepreneurship Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Industrial policy