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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Working PaperThe interaction of institutional quality and human capital in shaping the dynamics of capital structure in Viet Nam
The aim of this paper is to find which of two theories of capital structure—trade-off theory or pecking order theory—best explains the capital structure decision of non-state firms during the post-transition process in Viet Nam...Capital Structure Human capital Trade-off theory
Working PaperThe long(er)-term impacts of Chile Solidario on human capital and labour income
This paper examines Chile Solidario, a social protection programme that provides poor households in Chile with preferential access to a conditional cash transfer programme designed to facilitate investments in children’s health and education...Conditional cash transfers Human capital Labour income
Working PaperLinks between foreign direct investment and human capital formation: Evidence from the manufacturing sector in India
This paper is related to the literature on the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the labour market of host countries...Foreign Direct Investment Human capital Labour demand
BlogMigration and the transfer of gender and democratic norms
Despite the large attention received in the global development debate over the past years, gender inequalities still strongly persist throughout the world. Similarly, democratic and equal institutions are far from standing firm in all countries...Emigration and immigration Human capital Migration, Internal
Working PaperHuman capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa
This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human-capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid...Equality and inequality Human capital Voting
In the mediaVoxEU policy portal features human capital and growth video series
In July, 2016 UNU-WIDER launched a new video series on human capital and growth in which 12 experts discuss human capital and its relationship to economic and individual growth. This video series is now being featured on the Centre for Economic...Growth Human capital
BlogEnding child marriage and closing the education gap
Women in most parts of the developing world are under-represented in the workplace and poorly paid. One reason for this is the gender gap in education – women tend to be less schooled than men...Education Human capital Women
BlogImproving adult health increases children’s schooling - evidence from Zambia
Both health and education are essential for reducing poverty. Unfortunately, the two are often interlinked and in many countries both are severely lacking...Economic growth Education Health
BlogThe relationship between human capital and economic development -status: It’s complicated
Human capital for development Conventional wisdom on economic growth and development emphasizes the importance of human capital. But is the link between education and income as robust as we think?...Economic growth Human capital
Working PaperGender bias in education during conflict: Evidence from Assam
Using a large-scale novel panel dataset (2005–14) on schools from the Indian state of Assam, we test for the impact of violent conflict on female students’ enrollment rates...Education Equality and inequality Human capital
Working PaperDoes HIV/AIDS matter for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?
Estimating the impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic on economic growth is challenging because of endogeneity concerns...Economic growth Human capital Macroeconomics
Book ChapterCapacity Development for Transformation
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2...Economic development Human capital Institutional economics
Book ChapterThe Success of Learnerships: Lessons from South Africa’s Training and Education Programme
From the book: African Youth and the Persistence of MarginalizationEconomic aspects (Education) Human capital Unemployment
Book ChapterTourism and Economic Growth: African Evidence from Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework
Using a panel vector autoregressive model this paper investigates the dynamic and endogeneous contribution of tourism to output based on a sample of 40 African countries for the period 1990–2006...Economic development Human capital Investments
Working PaperPublic and Private Expenditures on Human Capital Accumulation in India
We study a model of human capital driven growth, where the parent’s human capital serves as a productive input in the child’s human capital production only when that of the former exceeds a minimum level required to intellectually contrib...Economic growth Education Equality and inequality
Working PaperHealth Shocks and the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
This paper explores the intergenerational effects of parental health shocks using longitudinal data from the Young Lives project conducted in Andhra Pradesh, India...Econometric models (Economic development) Economic development projects Health