UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Journal ArticleLabor-use efficiency in Tunisian manufacturing industries
This paper investigates the process of adjustment in employment. A dynamic model is applied to a panel of six Tunisian manufacturing industries observed over a period of 25 years, from 1971 to 1996...Commercial policy Labor demand Manufacturing industries
Book ChapterSouth Africa: Demographic, employment, and wage trends
From the book: Africa's LionsEconomic growth Labor demand Labor market
Research BriefDemographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa
While South Africa’s democratic transition precipitated a period of growth, this growth was not inclusive and both poverty and inequality remain high A significant trend in the South African labour market has been the rising share of workers in...Economic growth Labor demand Labor market
Working PaperDemographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa
This paper looks to uncover the growth traps and opportunities for the South African economy, with a focus on underlying labour market dynamics. We explore the potential of South Africa’s demographic dividend...Economic growth Labor demand Labor market
Working PaperThe elasticity of substitution and labour-displacing technical change in post-apartheid South Africa
This paper uses normalized constant elasticity of substitution production functions to estimate the elasticity of substitution and labour-augmenting technical change in South Africa over the period 1994-2012...Labor demand Production functions (Economic theory)
BlogRegional Industrialization and Integration in Southern Africa - Reporting from TIPS Annual Forum
The white-painted cluster of traditional style buildings might suggest that this was a farm on the South African veldt...Automobile industry and trade Carbon tax Economic integration
BlogUNU-WIDER Inequality Conference 2014: Country Comparisons and Conceptual Approaches
18 December 2014 Roger Williamson In an earlier article I reviewed a number of the high-profile contributions to the September 2014 conference on inequality . It is now time to dig deeper into the material presented at the event...Comparative economics Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
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)
Working PaperThe Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes on Household Work Decisions in Ghana
A cash transfer programme ‘Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty’ has been implemented with the aim of addressing poverty and vulnerability in Ghana...Econometric models (Economic development) Labor demand Labor supply
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
PresentationStructural transformation, biased technical change and labor demand in Vietnam
The 2 nd Asian Development Review Conference was organized in Manila 1-2 August 2013 by the ADB, the Asian Development Review (ADR) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). The Director of UNU-WIDER, Finn Tarp, presented a paper on...
Journal ArticleTrade Liberalization and the Self-Employed in Mexico
Part of Journal Special Issue Globalization, Poverty, and Inequality in Latin AmericaEquality and inequality Labor demand Poverty
Journal ArticleInternational Trade and Manufacturing Employment: Is India following the Footsteps of Asia or Africa?
Part of Journal Special Issue FDI, Employment, and Growth in China and IndiaFailed states International trade Labor demand
Working PaperInterplay of Human and Social Capital in Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: The Case of Uganda
This paper discusses the characteristics and determinants of entrepreneurial behaviour in Uganda. It is based on a recent survey of urban and rural entrepreneurs, executed in May 2008...Business enterprises Business networks Economic development
Working PaperTrade with China and India and Manufacturing Labour Demand in Argentina
For many in Latin America, the increasing participation of China and India in international markets is seen as a looming shadow of two ‘mighty giants’ on the region’s manufacturing sector...Competition International trade Labor demand
Working PaperInternational Trade and Manufacturing Employment Outcomes in India: A Comparative Study
The Indian economy has observed significant trade reforms since the mid 1980s, and the Indian manufacturing sector has rapidly increased its integration with the world economy...Failed states International trade Labor demand