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
20 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
PresentationEva-Maria Egger to present evidence on reducing employment gender gaps in low- and middle-income countries
Eva-Maria Egger will present evidence on reducing employment gender gaps in low- and middle-income countries at a virtual brown-bag seminar hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Malawi on Wednesday 19 May 2021. The...
Working PaperA macro–micro analysis of gender segregation and job quality in Latin America
Latin America has seen vast improvements in gender educational and health equality...Gender equality Latin America Macroeconomics
Working PaperMotherhood and flexible jobs: Evidence from Latin American countries
We study the causal effect of motherhood on labour market outcomes in Latin America by adopting an event study approach around the birth of the first child based on panel data from national household surveys for Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay...child penalty event study female labour supply
Technical NoteThe Economic Transformation Database (ETD): content, sources, and methods
This note introduces the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD), which provides time series of employment and real and nominal value added by 12 sectors in 51 countries for the period 1990–2018...Database Employment value added
Working PaperInformality, labour transitions, and the livelihoods of workers in Latin America
This paper studies the incidence and heterogeneity of labour informality in six Latin American countries—Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru...Informality Occupational turnover Education
Working PaperDoes connectivity reduce gender gaps in off-farm employment?: Evidence from 12 low- and middle-income countries
Gender gaps in labour force participation in developing countries persist despite income growth or structural change. We assess this persistence across economic geographies within countries, focusing on youth employment in off-farm wage jobs...Gender gap Youth Employment
Journal ArticleThe Long(er)‐Term Impacts of Chile Solidario on Human Capital and Labor Income
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthConditional cash transfers Human capital Labour income
Working PaperSelf-employment and labour market dynamics of men and women in El Salvador and Nicaragua
We study the labour market dynamics of men and women in El Salvador and Nicaragua, focusing on the factors that help men and women move into an advantageous labour market state from an unfavourable state...Employment Women Latin America
BlogThe case for universal social insurance in Latin America
Access to effective social insurance in Latin America is typically determined by workers’ status in the labor market – whether they have formal or informal jobs...Social assistance Social protection Social health insurance
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 23 - Informality: addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America
Journal ArticleTaxation and Inequality in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Recent Experience of Latin America
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic DevelopmentTax policy Inequality Redistribution
Working PaperThe long(er)-term impacts of Chile Solidario on human capital and labour income
This paper examines Chile Solidario, a social protection programme that provides poor households in Chile with preferential access to a conditional cash transfer programme designed to facilitate investments in children’s health and education...Conditional cash transfers Human capital Labour income
Working PaperCash transfers in Latin America: Effects on poverty and redistribution
In this paper, we present comparative evidence for eight Latin American countries regarding design and effects of cash transfers (CTs)...Cash transfers Child poverty Inequality
Working PaperThe political economy of ‘linked’ progressive taxation in Africa and Latin America
One key element in the reduction of poverty and (in Latin America) inequality has been the achievement of greater fiscal equity; we analyse one key part of this process, which is the earmarking of portions of tax revenue to be spent on progressive pu...Taxation Public expenditure Political economy
Research uptakeThe New Policy Model, Inequality and Poverty in Latin America: Evidence from the Last Decade and Prospects for the Future
Latin America has been traditionally a continent of high inequality, in both income and wealth, fundamentally reflecting a skewed distribution of productive assets. High social stratification benefits the personal wealth, power and status of...Inequality Poverty Latin America