35 years of research for change – what's next?
Join our anniversary celebrations as we reflect on some of the greatest achievements of UNU-WIDER over the last 35 years and how we see our work creating change in the future. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
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How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
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16 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperDo bigger health budgets cushion pandemics?: An empirical test of COVID-19 deaths across the world
How has government healthcare spending prepared countries for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic? Arguably, spending is the primary policy tool of governments in providing effective health...COVID-19 Healthcare Healthcare expenditure
Working PaperWho demands labour (de)regulation in the developing world?: Insider–outsider theory revisited
Contrary to the predictions of the insider–outsider model, we show that the large majority of outsiders in developing countries support, rather than oppose, protective labour regulations...Formal and informal Labour Labour market segmentation
Working PaperLinking taxation and social protection: Evidence on redistribution and poverty reduction in Ethiopia
The reduction of poverty, and more recently inequality, are pressing concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, not in the least as a result of the Sustainable Development Goals committing countries to significant improvements by 2030...Equity Income tax Taxation
BlogTaxation: Inequality, Equity, and Efficiency – An Interview with Michael Keen
8 October 2014 by Roger Williamson Michael Keen from the International Monetary Fund addressed the UNU-WIDER Development Conference in September 2014 “Equity Objectives and Puzzles in Linking Tax and Spending”...Government policy (Poor) Equality and inequality Equity
BlogRising Inequality – How to Reverse It?
30 October 2014 Dominik Etienne and Annett Victorero The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-income concentration on economic development and wellbeing...Economic development Economic growth Economic policy
Working PaperCan Climate Finance Achieve Gender Equity in Developing Countries?
We develop the climate finance-gender equity framework in this paper and use the ‘contextual-procedural-distributive’ equity as a lens of analysis to examine how climate finance helps challenge, and reinforce, gender inequities in the mit...Sociological aspects (Economics) Environmental economics Equity
Working PaperConcepts and Operationalization of Pro-Poor Growth
Growth that reduces poverty is often considered pro-poor regardless of whether the poor benefit from it more than the non-poor. Such growth could simply be termed poverty-reducing growth...Economic development Equity Income distribution
Working PaperDevelopment of Financial Intermediation and the Dynamics of Rural-Urban Inequality: China, 1978-98
Using China as a test case, this paper empirically investigates how the development of financial intermediation affects rural-urban income disparity (RUID)...Central banking Equity Housing
Working PaperDevelopment Policy: An Introduction for Students
This paper discusses development policy objectives, noting how these have changed over the years, with a more explicit focus on poverty reduction coming recently to the fore...Economic development Equity Poverty
Book ChapterEconomic Policy, Distribution, and Poverty: The Nature of Disagreements
From the book: Growth, Inequality and PovertyEconomic development Economic policy Equity
Working PaperIdiosyncratic Risk in the 1990s: Is It an IT Story?
This paper examines trends in idiosyncratic risk in different ‘new economy’ and ‘old economy’ industries, and explores whether these developments can be attributed to the use of IT...Capital market Equity Information technology
Book ChapterCost Recovery and Equity in the Health Sector: The Case of Zimbabwe
From the book: Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesEquity Financial crisis Health care
Book ChapterRegional Integration on Uneven Terms: The Case of Mexico within NAFTA
From the book: National Perspectives on the New Regionalism in the NorthEquity Free trade International economic relations
Book ChapterRegional Integration - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Entity: In Whose Interest?
From the book: National Perspectives on the New Regionalism in the SouthEconomic integration Equity International economic relations
Book ChapterOpenness, Financial Innovation, Changing Patterns of Ownership, and the Structure of Financial Markets
From the book: Financial Openness and National AutonomyEconomic policy Equity Finance