Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
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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.
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.
30 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarRavi Pendakur on the impact of federal modern agreements on income inequality in Indigenous communities
Working PaperIncome and consumption inequality in China: A comparative approach with India
We analyse income and expenditure distribution in China in a comparative perspective with India. These countries represent extreme cases in the relationship of inequality to both wellbeing indicators...Income inequality Consumption Consumption expenditure
Journal ArticleSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer–employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability
BlogInequality: Driving forces and policy solutions
The many faces of inequality Measuring inequality isn’t as simple as it may seem. We know that since the 1970s global inequality has been falling in relative terms, but absolute inequality has been increasing over the same period...Global inequality WIID Income inequality
Policy BriefReducing inequalities in South Africa: Progress on equality thwarted by slow growth and success of top earners
South Africa has the highest rate of measured inequality in the world. Often thought to be a legacy of the apartheid system, inequality in South Africa has stubbornly persisted...Earnings personal income tax Survey data
Policy BriefInequality in Brazil: Inclusive growth trend of this millennium is over
After three decades of persistently high inequality, Brazil has been experiencing a downward trend since 2001, accompanied by a rise in household incomes. These trends lasted until 2014 when a major reversal took place on both fronts...Income inequality Fiscal redistribution Household income
Working PaperHow do human rights violations affect poverty and income distribution?
The goal of this paper is to examine the impact of human rights on income distribution and poverty by exploring how both aid and trade can influence poverty and income distribution through human rights...Global Human rights Income inequality
Working PaperThe wage-setting power of firms: Rent-sharing and monopsony in South Africa
Using administrative tax records from South Africa for the period 2011–14, I find that firm wage premia explain 25 per cent of the total wage variance, 60 per cent of the gender wage gap, and 40 per cent of the gap between workers in the middle...Discrimination Firm effects Income inequality
Working PaperThe distributional impact of structural transformation in rural India: Model-based simulation and case-study evidence
The North Indian village of Palanpur has been the subject of close study over a period of six decades from 1957/8 to 2015. Himanshu et al...Income inequality non-farm employment Poverty
Working PaperGender and the South African labour market: Policy relevant research possibilities using South African tax data
This paper has three primary objectives...Administrative data Employment Gender
BlogWhy are workers getting a smaller share of the cake in Mexico?
As with many other developed and emerging economies, in recent decades Mexico has experienced a long-term decline in the labour income share. In other words, wages have decreased compared with other sources of income such as capital income...Income inequality Earnings inequality Wages
Policy BriefInequality dynamics in China: Income growth for the poor, but more for the rich
In the late 1970s, China embarked on a major programme of economic transition and reform...Welfare policy Social protection Income inequality
Working PaperWhat are the main drivers of Brazilian income distribution changes in the new millennium?
After three decades of persistently high income inequality, from 2001 Brazil experienced a downward inequality trend followed by rising household income growth. Both movements lasted until 2015...Income inequality Fiscal redistribution Top incomes