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79 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 PaperOn the impact of inequality on growth, human development, and governance
Countering recent rises in many countries of inequality in income and wealth is widely recognized as a major development challenge...Inequality Growth Health
Working PaperSources of output growth in the countries of the Common Monetary Area and provinces of South Africa
This paper aims to decompose the sources of growth in economies in the Southern African region’s Common Monetary Area and in the provinces of South Africa...Growth Efficiency Technology
Journal ArticleThe individual poverty incidence of growth
The canonical approach to analyse the poverty impact of growth is based on the comparison of poverty before and after growth...Income mobility Poverty Dynamics Pro-poor
Working PaperSize matters: measuring the effects of inequality and growth shocks
Understanding the relationship between income inequality and economic growth is of utmost importance to economists and social scientists...Inequality Growth Bayesian estimation
Working PaperRegional and subregional analyses of macroeconomic policy strategies for growth and equality in Southern Africa
We investigate the relevance of beta (β, absolute and conditional) and sigma (σ) convergence in the economies of the Common Monetary Area of Southern Africa and in the provinces of the Republic of South Africa using panel data, allowing an...Convergence Growth Inequality
Working PaperSpecial economic zones and transnational zones as tools for Southern Africa’s growth: Lessons from international best practices
The paper evaluates strategies for developing successful special economic zones and transnational zones for Southern African countries to spur growth and employment...Special Economic Zones Spatial industrial policy Growth
Working PaperEffects of productivity growth on domestic savings across countries: Disentangling the roles of trend and cycle
Resource mobilization continues to be an important policy challenge for developing economies, raising questions as to what determines differences in saving behaviour across countries...Saving Productivity Growth
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
Research BriefTackling poverty and inequality in Southern Africa: Transnational growth corridors as a solution
Comprehensive harmonization is crucial to eliminate inefficiencies that hamper free movement of goods and services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region...Growth Growth corridors Intra-regional trade
Working PaperRedistribution, inequality, and growth revisited: Comment on 'Redistribution, inequality, and growth: new evidence'
An influential paper by Berg et al., ‘Redistribution, inequality, and growth: new evidence’, uses the SWIID data to examine the impact of inequality and redistribution on growth in both developing and developed countries...Growth Redistribution Inequality
Working PaperFast tracking the SADC integration agenda to unlock regional collaboration gains along growth corridors in Southern Africa
Despite more than two decades of economic integration efforts, levels of spatial development inequality remain high within the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...Growth Growth corridors Intra-regional trade
Working PaperCOVID-19: macroeconomic dimensions in the developing world
The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global crisis. The task for economic policy is to help keep people alive, enterprises afloat, and households out of poverty. The pandemic has macroeconomic dimensions...Commodities COVID-19 Debt
Journal ArticleThe Determinants of Redistribution around the World
This study re-examines the determinants of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality