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 ArticleThe transmission of socially responsible behaviour through international trade
We investigate the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices of domestic Vietnamese firms and their engagement with foreign markets...Corporate social responsibility Spillovers International trade
BlogRising powers and the collapse of the Doha Round
Rising powers have had a profound impact on the WTO. For over half a century the trading system was dominated by the US and other advanced industrialized states, with developing countries and their interests severely marginalized...Free trade International trade
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by Ronald Findlay
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on The Trade-Development Nexus in Theory and History.International trade Industrialization History (Economics)
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Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 13.International trade Industrialization History (Economics)
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Professor Ronald Findlay, Author of 'Power and Plenty' at United Nations University — WIDERInternational trade Industrialization History (Economics)
BlogMade in Africa - Learning to Compete in Industry: Policy proposals
One of the strengths of the new UNU-WIDER and Brookings book Made in Africa is that, in the best sense of the word, its proposals are debatable. It provides evidence and arguments for particular policies...Economic development International trade Manufacturing industries
Working PaperImports, supply chains, and firm productivity
This paper explores the relationship between imports and firm productivity, focusing on imported intermediates...International trade Productivity
Working PaperThe transmission of socially responsible behaviour through international trade
We investigate the relationship between the corporate social responsibility practices of local domestic firms and their engagement with foreign markets using four waves of panel data on a sample of more than 4,500 manufacturing firms from Viet Nam...International trade Social values Corporate social responsibility
Working PaperImporting and firm performance: New evidence from South Africa
This paper uses firm-level data from company tax declarations to analyse the complementary relationship between direct access to imported intermediate inputs and manufacturing firm performance in South Africa. There are three main findings...Business Delivery of goods International trade
Working PaperBorder adjustment mechanisms: Elements for economic, legal, and political analysis
This paper examines, from a multidisciplinary perspective, plausible hypotheses for implementation of border carbon adjustment mechanisms, seen as a complement to strong environmental regulation...Environmental justice International trade Political science
BlogUnderstanding FDI spillover mechanisms
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been praised as an important development tool, especially for countries at low levels of industrial development...Economic development International trade Investments, Foreign
Working PaperFalling oil prices and sustainable energy transition: Towards a multilateral agreement on fossil-fuel subsidies
Fossil-fuel subsidies are economically inefficient and harmful for the environment yet efforts to phase them out at the national and international levels have not been effective...International trade Nonrenewable natural resources Prices
Working PaperInstitutional and policy adjustments to implement Free Trade Agreements with the European Union: A developing country perspective
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between the European Union (EU) and trade partners go far beyond mere elimination of tariffs to include such diverse issues as non-tariff barriers, competition legislation, investment protection, and more...Economic development Free trade International trade
Working PaperIndia’s political economy responses to the global food price shock of 2007–08: Learning some lessons
India’s policy responses to the food price crisis were strong. Exports of basic staples were banned. Domestic support prices of wheat and rice were raised substantially...Agriculture Food industry and trade Food security
VideoThe Impact of Policies on Inequality
Conference on Inequality—Measurement, trends, impacts, and policies - Parallel 3.3Inequality Measurement (Poverty) Foreign aid
Working PaperEstimation of substitution and transformation elasticities for South African trade
The objective of this paper is to estimate transformation and Armington substitution elasticities for South African trade. We use linear methods to estimate elasticities without growth factors...Economic growth Equations, Simultaneous International trade