In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
Opportunities to work with UNU-WIDER
Check out our exciting open opportunities - including a request for research proposals, and vacancies in our team
Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
Check out our research in brief
Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
89 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
VideoAgriculture Adaptation Options
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 5.3Natural disasters Financial crisis Agriculture
BlogBeyond the Crisis of the African University - Why Institutions Matter
I recently returned from a week at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa, speaking at a conference honouring Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu who had been Chancellor of the university for 25 years—and had helped to encourage and defen...Higher education Public expenditures Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Journal ArticleAid Supplies Over Time: Addressing Heterogeneity, Trends, and Dynamics
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidBusiness cycles Economic assistance and foreign aid Financial crisis
PresentationLessons from ReCom in a post-2015 perspective
ReCom (Research and Communication on Foreign Aid) occupied a key role in UNU-WIDER’s 2010-13 work programme addressing the triple crisis: Finance, Food and Climate Change. Some 240 ReCom studies were prepared during a period of 3-years by...
BlogFinancial Reforms and Falling Inequality in Latin America, 2002-2012: Are They Connected?
29 October 2014 Giovanni Andrea Cornia For the last quarter of the twentieth century, Latin America suffered from low growth, rising inequality, and frequent financial crises; i.e., currency, sovereign debt, and banking crises...Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Public finance
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
BlogEconomic Elites, Crises, and Austerity in 21st Century Capitalism
24 September 2014 Andrés Solimano The era of neoliberal capitalism starting by the late 1970s and early 1980s promotes free trade, capital mobility, fragmented migration, privatization, deregulation and marketization...Capitalism Democracy Economic policy
Working PaperSouth African Labour Market Transitions During the Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Micro-Level Evidence
This paper studies individual-level labour market transitions and their determinants in South Africa during the zenith and aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis using 2008 to 2010-2011 panel data from the National Income Dynamics Stud...Econometric models (Economic development) Financial crisis Labour market
NewsTWFR Article: Falling Inequality in Latin America - Policy Changes and lessons
The World Financial Review featured the article Inequality Trends and Their Determinants: Latin America over the Period 1990–2010 based on the UNU-WIDER research project The New Policy Model, Inequality and Poverty in Latin America: Evidence from...Inequality Financial crisis Economic growth
Journal ArticleImpact of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis on Development: Whither Africa?
The global economic crisis beginning in 2008 has come at an inopportune time for Africa. Economic growth had recovered, poverty had declined, and human development had improved. Then the crisis hit. Growth then fell by 60 per cent...Economic development Financial crisis Poverty
BlogUNU-WIDER Interview with Dr Kaushik Basu
29 November 2012 Carl-Gustav Lindén In November 2012 UNU-WIDER had the pleasure of hosting a public event with Dr Kaushik Basu, the newly appointed Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics of the World Bank...Financial crisis International finance Macroeconomics
BlogReflecting Change: The Second Edition of ‘From Poverty to Power’
Duncan Green Updating a book on contemporary events can be unnerving. In the intervening years, events and new thinking combine to expose the weaknesses of any text...Democracy Ecology Economic development
Research BriefThe Supply Side of Aid
In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 interest in the supply side of the donor equation has been rekindled...Business cycles Economic assistance and foreign aid Financial crisis
Research BriefThe Global Triple Crises – Finance, Environment and Food
Three global crises -finance, environment and food The global economy is currently facing three crises which threaten to undermine the welfare and prosperity of present and future generations...Climate change Financial crisis Food industry and trade
Research BriefHow Aid Supplies from Donor Countries Respond to Economic Crisis
The strong interdependent relationship between the developed and developing countries made itself visible again with the recent economic downturn...Econometric models (Finance) Budget Economic assistance and foreign aid