Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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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.
56 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperThe individual poverty incidence of growth
The canonical approach to analysing the poverty impact of growth is based on the comparison of poverty before and after growth...income mobility Poverty Dynamics Pro-poor
BlogThe ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information
The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...Industrialization Poverty Jobs
Working PaperIntergenerational mobility, human capital accumulation, and growth in India
Productivity and socio-economic progress are inter-connected. Economic growth funds policies that promote socio-economic progress, while the latter serves as a growth engine...Intergenerational Mobility Inequality Growth
Book ChapterTrade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Productivity Growth
Book ChapterTelecommunication and ICT-based services trade
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksTelecommunication Growth Investment
Book ChapterIndustries without smokestacks and structural transformation in Africa: Overview
From the book: Industries without Smokestacksindustry Growth Investment
BookIndustries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
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...industry Growth Investment
Working PaperWhat might explain today’s conflicting narratives on global inequality?
How unequal is the world today? Is global income inequality falling, as many economists claim, or is it rising, as one often hears? This paper reviews the arguments and evidence...Global inequality Measurement Household surveys
Policy BriefIndustries without smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa reconsidered
Our research shows that structural change in Africa is relying on a new set of economic activities, called ‘industries without smokestacks’, created by recent technological changes and a changing global market place...industry Growth Investment
Working PaperViet Nam: The dragon that rose from the ashes
This study takes as its starting point what Gunnar Myrdal had to say about Viet Nam in the context of his seminal work, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , published in 1968...Growth Poverty Inequality
Working PaperA short history of India's economy: A chapter in the Asian drama
This paper is a short history of the Indian economy since 1968. India today is a changed country from what it was half a century ago, when Myrdal published his Asian Drama...Growth Political economy Corruption
Working PaperSocio-economic development in South Asia: The past 50 years
The story of South Asia is a topsy-turvy one...Growth Poverty Inequality
Working PaperPro-poor growth in Indonesia: Challenging the pessimism of Myrdal’s Asian Drama
This chapter addresses the unrelenting pessimism in Asian Drama about Indonesia’s development prospects...Governance Poverty Pro-poor
Working PaperEscaping the periphery: The East Asian ‘mystery’ solved
Few non-western countries have reached the general prosperity of Western Europe and North America in the past two centuries...state capacity Growth
Journal ArticleIntroduction to special issue on regional growth opportunities
Part of Journal Special Issue Regional Growth OpportunitiesSouth Africa Growth Transformation