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30 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterWhat might explain today’s conflicting narratives on global inequality?
From the book: Inequality in the Developing WorldGlobal inequality Measurement Household survey
Working PaperTrends in global inequality using a new integrated dataset
This paper presents preliminary evidence of the annual global income distribution since 1950 using a new integrated dataset that aggregates standardized country income distributions at the percentile level estimated from various sources in the World ...Global inequality Income distribution WIID
BlogDetecting global income inequality trends: And why it matters
More accurate estimates of inequality trends allow us to measure progress towards achieving reductions in inequality within and between countries...Income inequality Global inequality
ImpactThe WIID – an important source for the UN Economists Network report for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations
New York, 17 September - The UN's top economists warned of crises of our own making if global 'megatrends' are left unchecked in a special report on six global megatrends . In a press release , UNDESA said, 'the chief economists in...Global inequality
Blog35 years of research for change: Bringing inequality to the fore (1998-2020)
UNU-WIDER released the world’s first estimates of the global wealth distribution in 2007 – one result of a 2004 – 05 project, ‘ Personal Assets from a Global Perspective ’...Global inequality Economic inequality
BlogThe global distribution of routine and non-routine work – and why we should we care about it
The nature of work is changing due to technological progress, globalization, and the rapidly expanding supply of college-educated workers...Earnings inequality Global inequality Labour dynamics
BlogThe WIID celebrates 20 years with a daring new plan
After 20 years of contributions to income inequality research, the World Income Inequality Database (the WIID) is getting a new expansion that will greatly strengthen knowledge on inequalities...Global inequality
Journal ArticleA proposal for a new universal development commitment
Most developed countries have accepted, in principle at least, the 50‐year‐old commitment of contributing 0.7 per cent of gross national income to supporting the development of developing countries...Global inequality Poverty alleviation Growth
Panel discussionA UNU-WIDER special panel on inequality — measurement, implications, and influencing change
Panel discussionHuman Development Report 2019 - Launch event in Helsinki
The UNDP Human Development Report 2019 focuses on inequalities in the twenty-first century and how they weaken social cohesion and economic growth, and damage people’s trust in government, institutions, and in each other. The Finnish launch,...
Working PaperA proposal for a new universal development commitment
Most Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries have accepted, in principle at least, the 50-year-old commitment of contributing 0.7 per cent of gross national income to supporting the development of countries in the Global Sout...Global inequality Poverty alleviation Growth
BlogIn the Director's chair: Reflections on my first six months as Director
My first six months as Director of UNU-WIDER have been busy, enlightening, and rewarding...SDGs SDG5 SDG8
BlogMeasuring inequality in middle-income countries
Income inequality is the result of complex processes with multiple interacting driving forces but understanding those drivers in emerging economies is particularly difficult because of data and analytical challenges...Global inequality Economic inequality Top incomes
BlogInequality: Driving forces and policy solutions
The many faces of inequality Measuring inequality isn’t as simple as it may seem. We know that since the 1970s global inequality has been falling in relative terms, but absolute inequality has been increasing over the same period...Global inequality WIID Income inequality