Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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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 Viet Nam, 2006-14
The vast majority of households in rural Viet Nam 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)
Working PaperExporting and Productivity: The Role of Ownership and Innovation in the Case of Vietnam
In this paper, we investigate the relationship between exporting and productivity in the case of Vietnam using an extensive firm level panel dataset for the period 2005-11...Business enterprises Commerce Organizational behavior