Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
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PresentationPia Rattenhuber's keynote speech at UNU-FLORES United Nations Day 2021 commemorative event
United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources ( UNU-FLORES ) organizes a commemorative event in Dresden on the occasion of the UN day 2021. The topic of the event is Inequalities in crises. UNU-WIDER...
NewsNew updates to the World Income Inequality Database (WIID)
The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database ― widely known by its acronym, WIID ― provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. It presents detailed information on income inequality for developed, developing, and...WIID Inequality Income inequality
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