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
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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
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Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
59 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleAnti-corruption policy making, discretionary power and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policymakers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Working PaperAnti-corruption policy-making, discretionary power, and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policy makers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Journal ArticleBusiness Cycle Fluctuations, Large Macroeconomic Shocks, and Development Aid
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidBusiness cycles Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Journal ArticleAiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability Local government
Journal ArticleStrategies of Subversion in Vertically-Divided Contexts: Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in Senegal
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaGovernment accountability Political science Urbanization
Working PaperCan One Retell a Mozambican Reform Story Through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation?
Many public sector reforms in developing countries fail to make governments more functional. This is typically because reforms introduce new solutions that do not fit the contexts in which they are being placed...Government accountability Government spending policy
Book ChapterRecent Distributive Changes in Latin America: An Overview
From the book: Falling Inequality in Latin AmericaEquality and inequality Government accountability Income distribution
Research BriefZambia – Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation
Democracy assistance and donor support have been key in fostering a new type of civil society, dominated by NGOs, the legal community and churches...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Research BriefAfrica’s Democratic Trajectory: The Impact of Development Aid and Democracy Assistance
Development aid was effective in promoting democratic transitions during the 1990s in African countries beset by economic crisis domestic discontent, and a high dependency on aid...Democratization Economic assistance and foreign aid Government accountability
Working PaperOvercoming the Limits of Institutional Reform in Uganda
This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa...Administrative law Government accountability Institutional economics
Working PaperForeign Aid and the Failure of State Building in Haiti Under the Duvaliers, Aristide, Préval, and Martelly
After receiving at least US$20 billion in aid for reconstruction and development over the past 60 years, Haiti has been and remains a fragile state, one of the worse globally...Economic assistance and foreign aid Elite (Social sciences) Government accountability
BlogDemocracy, Transparency, and Parliamentary Broadcasting
22 August 2013 Patrick Gregory ‘Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’...Democracy Government accountability Justice, Administration of
BlogGood Governance: Is it about Appearance or Action?
27 May 2013 Matt Andrews, Harvard Kennedy School A growing governance agenda and post-2015 ambitions The governance agenda has grown rapidly in the international development community...Globalization Government accountability International agencies
BlogAid to the Social Sectors – Achievements and Mistakes
22 March 2013 The share of aid to social sectors has grown over the past 20 years. Evidence shows clear links between support to these sectors and poverty reduction, economic growth, and human development. But what works, and why?...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (March 2013)
Tony Addison This month saw UNU-WIDER in Stockholm for the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which took place at Sida on 13 March...Decision making (Finance, Public) Econometric models (Economic development) Agriculture
Working PaperMeasuring Government Performance in Public Opinion Surveys in Africa: Towards Experiments?
In examining the study of government performance, this paper asks whether field experiments can improve the explanatory precision of results generated by public opinion surveys...Government accountability Public administration Public goods