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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Journal ArticleOn the Short- and Medium-Term Effects of Formalisation: Panel Evidence from Vietnam
This paper analyses the consequences of formalisation on the performance of informal firms, using a panel dataset from Vietnam...Factor proportions Informal sector (Economics) Wages
BlogProspects for a Tanzanian transformation
Researchers, policy makers, and representatives of international institutions recently gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss prospects for a transformation of Tanzania’s economy...Transformation Growth Informal sector (Economics)
Working PaperPoverty and informality in Ecuador
This paper uses national representative data from the Ecuadorian Family Expenditure survey to study the determinants of poverty and informality in the country, taking into account the simultaneous two-way relationship between these two phenomena...Informal sector (Economics) Poverty
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments
BlogEconomic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8
This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
Book ChapterInformality, Growth and Development in Africa
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 1...Economic development Economic aspects (Households) Informal sector (Economics)
Research BriefClustering, competition, and spillover effects in Cambodia
What types of businesses benefit or suffer due to geographic clustering?...Economic development Industrial productivity Informal sector (Economics)
BlogInequality in South Africa - An Interview with Murray Leibbrandt
At the UNU-WIDER Inequality conference September 2014 we interviewed Murray Leibbrandt, Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town on issues of inequality in South Africa...Children Economic policy Education
Working PaperOn the Effects of Formalization on Taxes and Wages: Panel Evidence from Vietnam
Based on a unique panel dataset consisting of both formal and informal firms surveyed every other year from 2005 to 2013, this paper explores the benefits of formalization to the government and firm employees in Vietnam...Factor proportions Informal sector (Economics) Taxation
Working PaperMeasuring the Labour Income Share of Developing Countries: Learning from Social Accounting Matrices
This paper is the first to address the challenges of measuring the labour income share of developing countries...Income distribution Informal sector (Economics) Labor costs
Working PaperOn the benefits of formalization: Panel evidence from Vietnam
This paper examines the relationship between formalization and firm-level outcomes in Vietnam using a unique panel dataset. Results show that switching firms differ from informal non-switching firms, confirming heterogeneity...Informal sector (Economics)
BlogWIDER Annual Lecture 18: Managing Structural Transformation
18 December 2014 Roger Williamson At the UN headquarters in New York on 18 November 2014, Peter Timmer, emeritus professor from Harvard, showed how the three transformations (structural, agricultural, and dietary) relate to development...Agriculture Climatic changes Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Journal ArticlePolitical Connections and Land-Related Investment in Rural Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsCredit Informal sector (Economics) Investments
BlogIllegal Fishing by Small-Scale Fishers in Ghana: Findings and Policy Suggestions
27 May 2014 Wisdom Akpalu The number of fishers and fishing vessels in the capture fishery sector, especially the artisanal marine fishery sub-sector, in Ghana has grown significantly over the past two decades leading to declining catches per trip...Agriculture Ecology Environmental law
Research BriefIs unpaid care work addressed well in World Bank projects?
Only three out of 36 World Bank investments in Malawi, Mali, Niger and Rwanda appropriately address women’s unpaid care work...Informal sector (Economics) Women
BlogGrowth Yes, but where’s the Transformation and Inclusion?
26 March 2014 Roger Williamson Africa is growing, with The Economist noting that 6 out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies for 2000-10 were in Africa . But how optimistic should we be?...Economic development Economic growth Structural adjustment (Economic policy)