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Book: Extractive Industries
Open access | New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending.
Journal Special Issue: Horizontal Inequality: Persistence and Change
Open access | This journal special issue offers conceptual, theoretical, and empirical reasons for treating horizontal inequality as an outcome and challenging assumptions of fixity.
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 Article: Occupational segregation by race in South Africa after Apartheid
Open access | This article investigates progress in reducing the high level of racial stratification of occupations after apartheid in South Africa.
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.
918 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
ProjectTransforming livelihoods in the informal sector
Theme: Current programmeInformality Self-employment Poverty
Working PaperLearning from the ʻbestʼ: The impact of tax-benefit systems in Africa
Redistributive systems in Africa are still in their infancy but are constantly expanding in order to finance increasing public spending...Tax-benefit microsimulation tax-benefit policy microsimulation
BlogThe ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information
The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...Industrialization Poverty Jobs
Working PaperInequality in Mexico: Labour markets and fiscal redistribution 1989–2014
Income inequality in Mexico increased between 1989 and 1994; between 1994 and 2006, inequality declined; and, between 2006 and 2014, inequality was again on the rise...Labour income Inequality Top incomes
Working PaperThe distributional impact of tax and benefit systems in six African countries
This paper assesses the effects of public policies on income taxes and benefits in six African countries...Tax-benefit microsimulation Poverty Income inequality
Working PaperThe long-term evolution of income inequality and poverty in China
By using the five waves of the China Household Income Project surveys conducted during 1988–2013, this paper investigates long-term changes in income inequality and poverty in China...Income inequality Poverty Gini decomposition
Working PaperEffects of an education reform on household poverty and inequality: A microsimulation analysis on the free Senior High School policy in Ghana
The level of income can be directly inferred from the level of education, making education an important variable as a key determinant of better livelihoods and poverty alleviation...Education School reform microsimulation
Working PaperMy journey through the history of development economics
This paper is essentially autobiographical and describes Erik Thorbecke’s journey through the history of development economics between the 1950s and the present. The paper consists of four parts...Development doctrine Inequality Poverty
BlogReflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogWhat is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogDevelopment policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
Working PaperNew imputation procedures in the measurement of inequality, growth, and poverty in Brazil
This paper develops a new imputation methodology applied to missing incomes values in PNAD. PNAD is the main Brazilian household survey, but it has no imputation...Imputation Stochastic imputation Inequality
Working PaperViet Nam: The dragon that rose from the ashes
This study takes as its starting point what Gunnar Myrdal had to say about Viet Nam in the context of his seminal work, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , published in 1968...Growth Poverty Inequality
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)
BlogPoverty and inequality – twins or just siblings?
Sitting in the large conference room where we are being invited to ‘Think WIDER’ at the WIDER Development Conference this September...Poverty and inequality Poverty Inequality
Working PaperSocio-economic development in South Asia: The past 50 years
The story of South Asia is a topsy-turvy one...Growth Poverty Inequality