Sustainable Development Explorer
UNU has launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting ongoing work to support each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
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.
23 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperIntergovernmental fiscal transfers and tactical political maneuverings: Evidence from Ghana’s District Assemblies Common Fund
This paper examines the influence of political considerations on intergovernmental fiscal transfers in Ghana. The two-step system GMM approach was used to estimate transfers and elections data for 167 districts from 1994 to 2014...Political economy Fiscal transfers Allocation formula
Working PaperHow do voters respond to information on self-serving elite behaviour?: Evidence from a randomized survey experiment in Tanzania
Does self-serving elite behaviour make citizens more politically active? This paper presents the results of a randomized field experiment where voters in Tanzania were given information about elite use of tax havens...Elites Citizens Voter turnout
BlogEnergy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them
Which of the following do you think is the most important need in developing countries?...Energy subsidies Fossil fuel subsidies aid
Working PaperEnergy subsidies, international aid, and the politics of reform
Energy subsidy reform is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and tackling climate change. This paper sets out the evidence on the scale of subsidies and their impact...Energy subsidies Fossil fuel subsidies aid
Working PaperWorker retraining and transfer payments: The political economy of social protection
We conduct an incentive-theoretical analysis of political economy considerations in the design of social protection programmes in developing countries to accompany economic reforms...Political economy Social protection Transfer payments
Working PaperPolitical economy and governance
This paper reviews the political economy of extractive resources and the associated resources sector governance agenda...Natural resources Extractives Political economy
VideoWIDER Annual Lecture by C. Peter Timmer
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on Managing structural transformation post-2015.Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
AboutPresentation - AL18
The WIDER Annual Lecture 18 was delivered on 18 November at the UN Headquarters in New York. The lecture, given by Professor Emeritus C. Peter Timmer of Harvard University, focused on the topic of structural transformation, especially within the...Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
AboutPhotos - AL18
Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 18.Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
AboutContributors - AL18
Short biographies of those who contributed to the event.Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
In the mediaVox article on the political hurdles facing a carbon tax — and how to overcome them
Based partially on the WIDER Working Paper by Jesse Jenkins and Valerie Karplus, David Roberts from the news website Vox discusses the complex relationship between carbon pricing and binding political constraints.Carbon tax Political economy Environmental economics
VideoClimate Change and Human Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 6.1Political economy Natural disasters Climate change
VideoThe Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions project - an interview with Channing Arndt
Channing Arndt , Senior Research Fellow of UNU-WIDER, presents the thinking behind this project and the study of implementation of clean energy policies. With the forthcoming Paris Conference of the Parties (CoP 21, December 2015) attention is...Sustainable energy Climate change mitigation Political economy
ProjectThe political economy of social protection systems
Theme: InclusionTaxation Social protection Income distribution
ProjectThe politics of group-based inequalities - measurement, implications, and possibilities for change
Theme: InclusionInclusion Inequality Horizontal inequality