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 PaperSlack resources and innovation in Vietnamese SMEs: A behavioural, stewardship, and institutional perspective
Slack resources are usually identified as an endogenous motivation for firms’ innovation. Still, it is crucial to assess the importance of slack in supporting innovation, especially in different institutional contexts...Innovation Slack Institutional economics
Working PaperTaxation, social protection, and governance decentralization
Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government’s taxation levels...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
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The folk and the formula– pathways to capable states...Capacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
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The 2012 WIDER Annual Lecture was given by Professor Lant Pritchett. He discussed the importance of building state capability in developing countries for tackling long-term development challenges. View or download slides as pdfCapacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
Working PaperThe industrial policy experience of the electronics industry in Malaysia
Despite the use of industrial policies to stimulate economic growth by several successful developers, latecomers have faced mixed experiences. Hence, this paper analyses the industrial policy experience of the electronics industry in Malaysia...Electronic commerce Industrial policy Institutional economics
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on The folk and the formula– pathways to capable states...Capacity building Institutional economics Socio-Economic Transformation
Working PaperDoes foreign aid harm political institutions?
The notion that foreign aid harms the institutions of recipient governments remains prevalent. We combine new disaggregated aid data and various metrics of political institutions to re-examine this relationship...Economic assistance and foreign aid Financing, Government Institutional economics
Book ChapterCapacity Development for Transformation
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2...Economic development Human capital Institutional economics
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (June-August 2015)
And so we come to the summer Angle . We have just passed the longest day (midsummer) in Helsinki, with 19 or so hours of daylight...Agriculture Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
BlogInstitutions and Impact – Some Reflections on the UNU-WIDER Method
I have spent much of the last two years on behalf of UNU-WIDER engaged in thinking about these two issues, but only on this current trip to Toronto, to interview Professor Gerry Helleiner with my colleague Annett Victorero, have I seen that instituti...Economic policy Information technology Institutional economics
Working PaperA Quest for Institutional Foundations Towards Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
The paper explores the paths towards building institutional foundations for inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa...Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterInstitutional Reforms, Private Sector, and Economic Growth in Africa
The aim of this paper is to analyse the effect of institutional reforms on the revival of African economies...Economic policy (Business enterprises) Economic development Institutional economics
Book ChapterHow Does Colonial Origin Matter for Economic Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This paper investigates some of the existing hypotheses regarding the transmission of different colonial legacies to modern day economic growth...Decolonization Economic development Education
Book ChapterGrowth and Institutions in African Development
Economic development Economic growth Institutional economics
BookGrowth and Institutions in African Development
Recent years have seen a sustained research effort exploring the African development experience...Economic development Economic growth Institutional economics