UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
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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
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Journal ArticlePoverty dynamics and graduation from conditional cash transfers: A transition model for Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera program
The effects of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) on poverty and well-being have been widely studied. However, there is limited knowledge on how a CCT should respond to the dynamics of poverty...Panel analysis Poverty Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
Working PaperOn the spread of social protection systems
This paper undertakes an empirical analysis of the adoption of various components of social security systems as well as contribution rates...Panel analysis Social security Taxation
Journal ArticleEvaluating multiple spatial dimensions of economic growth in Brazil using spatial panel data models
The goal of this paper is to evaluate the results of regional economic growth model estimations at multiple spatial scales using spatial panel data models...Econometric models Economic growth Panel analysis
VideoNew Approaches to Measurement
Conference on Inequality—Measurement, trends, impacts, and policies - Parallel 4.3Index numbers (Economics) Inequality Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperCommercialization in agriculture in rural Vietnam, 2006-14
The vast majority of households in rural Vietnam undertake agricultural activities and for many this is their main livelihood. Moreover, this agriculture has become increasingly commercialized over time...Agricultural credit Agriculture Aquaculture
BlogEconomic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8
This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
Book ChapterWhat Do Development NGOs Achieve?
Economic development projects Nonprofit organizations Panel analysis
Working PaperThe Return to Foreign Aid
We investigate the marginal productivity of investment across countries. The aim is to estimate the return on investments financed by foreign aid and by domestic resource mobilization, using aggregate data...Economic growth Investments Panel analysis
Journal ArticleAid Supplies Over Time: Addressing Heterogeneity, Trends, and Dynamics
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidBusiness cycles Economic assistance and foreign aid Financial crisis
Book ChapterTourism and Economic Growth :: African Evidence from Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework
Using a panel vector autoregressive model this paper investigates the dynamic and endogeneous contribution of tourism to output based on a sample of 40 African countries for the period 1990–2006...Economic development Human capital Investments
Working PaperPrivate Returns to Education for Wage-employees and the Self-employed in Uganda
The paper investigates the differences in private marginal returns to education between wage-employees and the self-employed in Uganda, using the Mincerian framework with pooled regression models...Education Entrepreneurship Panel analysis
Working PaperThe impact of aid on total government expenditures: New evidence on fungibility
Aid is said to be fungible at the aggregate level if it raises government expenditures by less than the total amount. This happens when the recipient government decreases domestic revenue, decreases net borrowing, or when aid bypasses the budget...Economic assistance and foreign aid Econometric models (Economic development) Expenditures, Public
Working PaperSocial capital, political connections, and household Enterprises: Evidence from Vietnam
Social capital and political connections can play an important role in developing countries where markets fail and institutions are weak...Econometric models (Economic development) Households Panel analysis
Journal ArticleHas the Clean Development Mechanism Assisted Sustainable Development?
One of the dual objectives of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol is to assist host countries in achieving sustainable development...Climatic changes Environment Panel analysis
Working PaperPoverty Dynamics and Programme Graduation from Social Protection: A Transitional Model for Mexico’s Oportunidades Programme
Social protection programmes have emerged as one of the most important anti-poverty policy strategies in developing countries. Their effects on poverty and well-being have been widely studied...Panel analysis Poverty Measurement (Poverty)