Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
167 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
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