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A short history of India's economy: A chapter in the Asian drama

This paper is a short history of the Indian economy since 1968. India today is a changed country from what it was half a century ago, when Myrdal published his Asian Drama...

Growth Political economy Corruption
Book Chapter
Political economy and governance

From the book: Extractive Industries

Natural resources Extractives Political economy
Working Paper
Intergovernmental 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 Paper
How 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
Blog
Energy subsidies are bigger than aid in more than half of poor countries … but we spend very little trying to reduce them
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Which of the following do you think is the most important need in developing countries?...

Energy subsidies Fossil fuel subsidies aid
Working Paper
Energy 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 Paper
Worker 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 Paper
Political economy and governance

This paper reviews the political economy of extractive resources and the associated resources sector governance agenda...

Natural resources Extractives Political economy
Video
WIDER Annual Lecture by C. Peter Timmer

View the WIDER Annual Lecture on Managing structural transformation post-2015.

Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
About
Presentation - 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
About
Photos - AL18

Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 18.

Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
About
Contributors - AL18

Short biographies of those who contributed to the event.

Structural transformation Income distribution Millennium Development Goals
In the media
Vox 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
Video
Climate Change and Human Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Parallel 6.1

Political economy Natural disasters Climate change
Video
The 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
Project
The political economy of social protection systems

Theme: Inclusion

Taxation Social protection Income distribution
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