Public economics for development
This WIDER Development Conference focuses on the lessons from modern public and development economics which can guide policy makers to reform tax and public provision systems.
Tax and development - What can we learn from the Finnish experience?
This seminar, held on July 7 in Maputo, will examine the relevance of the Finnish development experience from the Mozambican perspective.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
This new Open Access book provides detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys that have been ongoing for more than three decades.
62 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperThe effects of Chinese import penetration on firm innovation: Evidence from the Vietnamese manufacturing sector
This paper evaluates the impact of Chinese import penetration on the innovation of Vietnamese manufacturing firms from 2011 to 2015, exploiting variations in import exposure by industry specialization and instrumenting for Chinese import penetration ...China Manufacturing Innovation
BlogMade in Africa – the future of production on the continent
The international community has a new set of development goals. They reflect Africa’s aspirations much more closely than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they replaced...Production Manufacturing Industrial development
Journal ArticleExport Spillovers: Comparative Evidence From Kenya and Malaysia
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteExport Spillovers Foreign Direct Investment Manufacturing
Journal ArticleLearning to export and learning from exporting: The case of Ethiopian manufacturing
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteExports Learning Africa
BookManufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Competition Econometrics Globalization
Working PaperTotal factor productivity in South African manufacturing firms
The manufacturing sector is an important source of productivity growth and exports. Manufacturing firms are generally more productive than firms in the agricultural or services sectors and are an important source of job creation...Business Manufacturing Productivity
Working PaperCorporate social responsibility in a competitive business environment
Using a specially designed survey instrument in combination with a representative sample of Vietnamese enterprises, we explore firm-level efficiency effects of corporate social responsibility...Business enterprises Corporate culture Manufacturing
Working PaperIndustry in Tanzania: Performance, prospects, and public policy
Tanzania ranks among the leading stars of the ‘African growth miracle’, but a sector that has been largely absent from the Tanzania success story is industry...Industrial policy Manufacturing
BookMade in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry
Over the past forty years, industry and business interests have moved increasingly from the developed to the developing world, yet Africa’s share of global manufacturing has fallen from about 3 percent in 1970 to less than 2 percent in 2014...Competition Econometrics Globalization
VideoExports, Learning and Industrialization (I)
L2C Conference - Parallel 1.2Industrialization Industrial policy Manufacturing
Working PaperDo firms learn by exporting or learn to export? Evidence from Senegalese manufacturing plant
The increasing quantity of literature investigating the impact of trade openness on firm efficiency has not yet provided a definite prediction of the direction of causality...International trade Manufacturing
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)
BlogNew Structural Economics – An Interview with Justin Lin
27 August 2014 In this interview Justin Lin , Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, talks about how the state can enable the process of structural transformation of the economy, how to fund the necessary investments of this transformation...Comparative economics Economic development Economic growth
BlogTransforming Economic Structures in Africa – An Interview with Margaret McMillan
25 June 2014 In this interview Dr Margaret McMillan outlined the theory of structural transformation, which analyzes the underlying structure of the economy by employment shares in agriculture, manufacturing and the service sector...Agriculture Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Labor productivity
Working PaperScoping Study on the Evolution of Industry in Ghana
This paper chronicles the evolution of industry in Ghana over the post-independence era from an inward over-protected import substitution industrialization strategy of 1960-83 to an outward liberalized strategy during 1984-2000, and since 2001, to th...Economic development Industrial organization (Economic theory) Industrial policy