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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.
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.
Journal Article: What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative-quantitative divide in Mozambique
Open access | This article reflects on the merits of seeking to reconcile economic (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitative) analytical approaches.
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.
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BookResetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Macroeconomics Financial institutions, International Foreign exchange
Working PaperA brief history of the international monetary system since Bretton Woods
This paper provides a historical background to contemporary debates on the international monetary system: their genesis, similarities, and differences of problems it has faced at different times...Balance of payments Credit Financial institutions, International
Working PaperGlobal macroeconomic cooperation and the exchange rate system
This paper looks at historical and current frameworks to manage macroeconomic linkages among economies. It considers first the evolving nature of global payments imbalances...Financial institutions, International Foreign exchange Macroeconomics
Journal ArticleAid, social policy and development
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Social Policy and DevelopmentEconomic assistance and foreign aid Financial institutions, International Millennium Development Goals
Working PaperCapital Account Liberalization and Management
This paper reviews the history and controversies associated with capital account management...Accounting Capital Financial institutions, International
Working PaperThe Governance of the International Monetary System
This paper proposes a reformed architecture of the international monetary system based on three pillars...Financial institutions, International International economic relations
Research BriefDebt: IMF financing versus debt-restructuring
In the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, debt crises have plagued low-, middle-, and high-income countries at various times...Debts, Public Economic growth Financial institutions, International
BlogWIDER Annual Lectures – Taking Stock
I am looking forward to WIDER Annual Lecture 18, held 18 November in New York not only because I expect that Peter Timmer will make a distinguished contribution to the understanding of economic transformation, but also because the cumulative impact...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Working PaperThe Provision of Global Liquidity: The Global Reserve System
This paper analyses three major problems of the current international monetary system: the asymmetric-adjustment problem, dependence on the monetary policy of the main reserve-issuing country, and the large demand for self-insurance by developing cou...Financial institutions, International International agencies International finance
Working PaperThe Multilateral Aid System: An Assessment Following the Major Replenishments of 2013
The paper assesses the multilateral development financing system in the light of the replenishments of three key funds in 2013...Economic assistance and foreign aid Financial institutions, International International agencies
BlogOn Aid and Growth – An Interview with Sam Jones
28 February 2014 In this interview Sam Jones summarizes the findings of original UNU-WIDER work on the impact of aid on growth ...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth Financial institutions, International
BlogThe Imperative for Strengthening International Tax Co-operation
GUEST Angle John Langmore and Perrin Wilkins When delivering the eighth WIDER Annual Lecture on rethinking growth strategies in 2004 Dani Rodrik explored means of building the rate of economic growth in poor countries and suggested ‘trying to i...Economic growth Economic policy Financial institutions, International
BlogMaking Finance the Servant not the Master
Tony Addison Today, there is much frustration with the financial sector. Society’s precious savings are not being put to the best of uses—investing for the social good...Banks and banking Capitalism Debts, Public
Working PaperEfficiency of Commercial Banks in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic and Foreign Banks
Utilizing the stochastic frontier approach, this study conducts a comparative analysis of profit efficiency and cost inefficiency of commercial banks operating in 29 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries by bank ownership (domestic bank, SSA foreign ba...Banks and banking Financial institutions Financial institutions, International
Journal ArticleIMF and Economic Reform in Developing Countries
In this paper we assess the IMF approach to economic reform in developing countries...Economic development Financial institutions, International