Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ethiopia: ETMOD v1.0
This report documents ETMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ethiopia...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ghana: GHAMOD v1.0
This report documents GHAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ghana. This work was carried out by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the University of Tampere in collaboration with the project partners...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador: ECUAMOD v1.0
This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador. This work was carried out by the ISER in collaboration with the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales and UNU-WIDER...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Zambia: MicroZAMOD v1.0
This report documents MicroZAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Zambia. This work was carried out by Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis & Research ( ZIPAR ) in collaboration with the project partners. in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Mozambique: MOZMOD v1.0
This report documents MOZMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Mozambique. This work was carried out by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mozambique in collaboration with the project partners in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Tanzania: TAZMOD v1.0
This report documents TAZMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Tanzania. This work was carried out by University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the project partners in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Journal ArticleDonor Coordination for Effective Government Policies?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Social Policy and DevelopmentEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Government spending policy
Journal ArticleAid and Government Fiscal Behavior: Assessing Recent Evidence
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidEconomic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Government spending policy
BlogTaxation: Inequality, Equity, and Efficiency – An Interview with Michael Keen
8 October 2014 by Roger Williamson Michael Keen from the International Monetary Fund addressed the UNU-WIDER Development Conference in September 2014 “Equity Objectives and Puzzles in Linking Tax and Spending”...Government policy (Poor) Equality and inequality Equity
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
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
Working PaperSocial Spending and Aggregate Welfare in Developing and Transition Economies
Notwithstanding the unprecedented attention devoted to reducing poverty and fostering human development via scaling up social sector spending, there is surprisingly little rigorous empirical work on the question of whether social spending is effectiv...Economic aspects (Education) Expenditures, Public Government spending policy
Research BriefService Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Decentralized Service Delivery in Nairobi and Mombasa: Policies, politics and inter-governmental relations’ Winnie V...Economic development Government spending policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations
Working PaperDonor Coordination for Effective Government Policies?: Implementation of the New Aid Effectiveness Agenda in Health and Education in Zambia
There is a growing interest in the debate on aid effectiveness for assessing the impact of aid not only on economic growth and poverty reduction, but also on intermediate outcomes such as health and education...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Government spending policy
Research BriefThe Fungibility Problem: Budget Support, Aid on Delivery or Project Aid?
One persistent concern raised during discussions of whether aid effectively promotes the goals of donors is fungibility, that is; the possibility that aid is used in ways not intended by donors when disbursing the funds...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Government policy (Poor)
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (November 2012)
Tony Addison This month saw the visit of Kaushik Basu, the World Bank’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, to talk about the global crisis and the impact on emerging economies at a UNU-WIDER seminar...Agriculture Conflict management Economic development