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.
Annual Report 2020
Read about how our research shifted to address the effects of the global pandemic in 2020. The annual report also looks back at some of the highlights from our history as we celebrate 35 years of UNU-WIDER and the power of the WIDER network.
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Inequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge. This book contributes to this important discussion by presenting assessments of the measurement and analysis of global inequality by leading inequality scholars. Read more
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
31 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterDoes union membership pay off?: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamLabour unions Wages Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperDoes union membership pay off?: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs
In the absence of adequate institutional mechanisms, trade unions can potentially promote higher wages and other worker benefits, yet limited data availability means little is known about the effect unions have on individual earnings in developing ec...Labour unions Wages Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperSocial and political capital in rural Vietnam
This paper exploits five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to investigate issues of social and political capital in rural Vietnam...Economic development Families Household survey
Book ChapterTrade Unions in South Africa
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 2. As an upper middle-income country within Africa, South Africa often attracts specific interest in terms of its economic growth and development dynamics...Industrial relations Labour market Labour unions
Working PaperTrade Unions in an Emerging Economy: The Case of South Africa
This paper provides a historical overview of the South African trade union movement, followed by a brief discussion of the labour market legislation and institutions formed since 1994...Industrial relations Labour market Labour unions
Book ChapterWhat Can Latin America Learn from China's Labour Market Reforms?
From the book: Falling Inequality in Latin AmericaLabour market Labour policy Labour unions
Book ChapterThe Finnish Developmental State and its Growth Regime
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development Economic policy Income distribution
BlogLearning How to Promote Social Protection from Cambodia’s Garment Workers
Alisa DiCaprio Innovations in social protection systems design have moved forward quickly on the supply-side over the past decade...Employee rights Human rights Labour law
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (December 2011)
Tony Addison With the end of the year fast approaching, we bring you the last Angle of 2011. Here in Helsinki, the shortest day of the year is nearly upon us when we will have six hours of daylight...Finance Climate change Right of property
Research BriefLearning How to Promote Social Protection from Cambodia’s Garment Workers
Innovations in social protection systems design have moved forward quickly on the supply-side over the past decade. But the same degree of creativity has not been applied to the equally critical demand-side constraints to social protection...Labour unions Social movement Social security
Working PaperThe Demand Side of Social Protection: Lessons from Cambodia’s Labour Rights Experience
In fragile states, social protection programmes are often a kaleidoscope of projects financed and implemented by a variety of donors, government agencies and NGOs...Labour unions Social movement Social security
BlogWhat Can Developing Countries Learn From Finland’s Industrial Transformation?
Markus Jäntti and Juhana Vartiainen Finland is an example of a late but successful state-led industrialization that was carried out rapidly...Economic development Economic policy Income distribution
Working PaperThe Finnish Developmental State and its Growth Regime
This paper reviews Finland’s growth strategy in the postwar decades. Finland was able to initiate an impressive mobilization of resources during this period, reflected mostly in a high rate of capital accumulation for manufacturing industries...Credit Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperGrowth and Equity in Finland
This paper reviews Finnish economic history during the 'long' twentieth century with a special emphasis on policies for equity and growth...Economic development Economic policy Education
Book ChapterEvasive Reform: Informalization in a Liberalized Economy with Wage-setting Unions
From the book: Informal Labour Markets and DevelopmentFree trade Informal sector Labour unions