Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Journal Article: What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative-quantitative divide in Mozambique
Open access | This article reflects on the merits of seeking to reconcile economic (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitative) analytical approaches.
Research and policy briefs
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Working PaperRethinking Asian Drama
Gunnar Myrdal published Asian Drama in 1968, a work which made important analytical contributions to our understanding of development but was deeply pessimistic about Asia’s future prospects...Gunnar Myrdal History (Economics) Transformation
Working PaperAsian development after the Asian Drama
Inspired by Gunnar Myrdal’s core concepts discussed in his seminal work, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , published in 1968, this paper analyses the opening-up experiences of three Asian countries (China, India, and Malaysi...Economic openness Operational controls Strategic integration
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 PaperRevisiting the methodology of Myrdal in Asian Drama 50 years on
This paper reviews the main methodological innovations in Asian Drama ...Gunnar Myrdal Institutions
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 PaperGunnar Myrdal and Asian Drama in context
This paper attempts to understand Asian Drama in the context of the development debates of its time, and in terms of the sensibilities that Gunnar Myrdal—the brilliant economic theorist and philosopher of knowledge, and Swedish politician&mdash...States and elites Elites Gunnar Myrdal