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70 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
SeminarSerena Merrino on wage inequality under inflation-targeting in South Africa
NewsFindings from a new study on poverty and consumption featured in the national news
A UNU-WIDER Working Paper ‘Simulating the effect on households’ real consumption and poverty of the increase in prices that followed the 2015–16 economic crisis in Mozambique’, published in 2018, has been featured in one the leading national...Poverty and consumption Simulation study Household survey
Working PaperIncome redistribution in Latin America: A microsimulation approach
We analyse the effect of taxes and benefits on income distribution of six Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela...Taxes Benefits Microsimulation modelling
Working PaperA new inequality estimate for urban India?: Using house prices to estimate inequality in Mumbai
This paper applies a novel inequality estimation method to household consumption expenditure in Mumbai, India...House prices Household consumption Household survey
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 survey
Working PaperMultidimensional poverty in Vietnam: Evidence from a rural household survey
For years, the international development community has been considering poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon, which takes into account not only income or consumption of the poor, but also their access to basic needs (education, health, etc.) and ...Multidimensional poverty Poverty analysis Household survey
ReportCharacteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy (in Vietnamese): Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam
Tiếp nối sự thành công của chương trình cải cách Đổi mới, Việt Nam đã gặt hái được rất nhiều thành tựu kinh tế về tăng trưởng và giảm nghèo, Việt nam đã phát triển nhanh hơn ...Agriculture Household survey Rural development
ReportCharacteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam
Following the successful implementation of the Doi Moi reform programme, Viet Nam has experienced outstanding economic progress, for example in aggregate output and poverty reduction...Agriculture Household survey Rural development
Working PaperIs inequality underestimated in Mozambique?: Accounting for underreported consumption
Household budget surveys in sub-Saharan Africa are designed to facilitate poverty measurement and may fail to fully capture consumption in wealthy households. As a result, inequality is likely underestimated...Consumption underreporting Household survey Inequality
Book ChapterThe Fall of the Elephant: Two Decades of Poverty Increase in Côte d'Ivoire, 1988-2008
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaHousehold survey Poverty measurement Welfare economics
Working PaperThe recent evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda
This paper analyses the evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda between 2001/1 and 2010/11, using three comparable good quality household surveys analysed along with detailed price data. Rwanda achieved impressive growth over this period...Household survey Poverty Prices
Working PaperTax-benefit microsimulation in Ethiopia: A feasibility study
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of building a microsimulation model of the Ethiopian tax and benefits system. We first provide a detailed description of the tax and benefits system of the country...Household survey Microeconomics Taxation
Working PaperLand issues in Vietnam 2006–14: Markets, property rights, and investment
This paper uses five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to analyse land issues in Vietnam from a number of different angles...Household survey Households Land tenure