Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
41 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperFemale labour force participation in sub-Saharan Africa: A cohort analysis
Female labour force participation rates have stagnated in sub-Saharan Africa since the turn of the millennium...Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperThe rise in women’s labour force participation in Mexico: Supply vs demand factors
We estimate the relative importance of alternative labour supply and demand mechanisms in explaining the rise of female labour force participation over the last 55 years in Mexico...Female labour force participation Mexico Education
Working PaperOld-age pensions and female labour supply in India
Whether cash transfers have unintended behavioural effects on the recipient household’s labour supply is of considerable policy interest...Childcare Employment Income effect
Working PaperSocial norms as a barrier to women’s employment in developing countries
This paper discusses cultural barriers to women’s participation and success in the labor market in developing countries...Culture Institutions Developing countries
Working PaperThe tax elasticity of formal work in African countries
A key policy problem in most developing countries is the size of the informal sector and its persistence over time...Developing countries Informality Labour supply
Journal ArticleCommodity Prices and Intra-Household Labor Allocation
Volatility in commodity markets poses a distinct risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labour supply
Working PaperMigration impact on left-behind women’s labour participation and time-use: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan
This paper aims to study the impact of migration on labour supply and time-use of women left behind in Kyrgyzstan. Using the household survey data for 2011, labour supply is measured by occupational choices and working hours...International migration Labour supply Women
Working PaperLinks between foreign direct investment and human capital formation: Evidence from the manufacturing sector in India
This paper is related to the literature on the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the labour market of host countries...Foreign Direct Investment Human capital Labour demand
Working PaperCoffee price volatility and intra-household labour supply: Evidence from Vietnam
Volatility in commodity markets poses an acute risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labour supply
Journal ArticleEstimating labour supply elasticities based on cross-country micro data: A bridge between micro and macro estimates?
The Nordic model relies on high tax rates to finance an extensive welfare state...Labour market Labour supply Taxation
Book ChapterYouth in Tanzania’s Urbanizing Mining Settlements: Prospecting a Mineralized Future
From the book: African Youth and the Persistence of MarginalizationEconomic development Labour supply Natural resources
Book ChapterWomen’s Labour Supply and Household Insurance in Africa
This paper investigates whether cyclical variation in women’s labour supply in Africa contributes to smoothing household consumption. We find little support for this hypothesis...Business cycles Insurance Labour supply
BlogRising Inequality – How to Reverse It?
30 October 2014 Dominik Etienne and Annett Victorero The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-income concentration on economic development and wellbeing...Economic development Economic growth 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) Labour demand Labour supply
Working PaperYouth in Tanzania’s Urbanizing Mining Settlements: Prospecting a Mineralized Future
Over the last fifteen years many African countries have experienced a ‘mining take-off’...Economic development Labour supply Natural resources