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974 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleThe political economy of the resource curse: A development perspective
This article reviews the recent literature on the developmental effects of resource abundance, assessing likely effects and channels with respect to key development outcomes...Resource abundance Inequality Institutions
Working PaperThe impact of COVID-19 on consumption poverty in Mozambique
This study assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency implemented by the Government of Mozambique on household consumption poverty...COVID-19 Poverty Inequality
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at the IAB seminar series
The Institute for Employment Research ( IAB ) is hosting an online seminar series " Corona - leveler or amplifier of social and economic inequality? ". The weekly seminar series aims to bring together empirically rigorous contributions...
BlogBetter measures of informality can improve poverty reduction policy
In a recent study , my co-authors and I propose a new way to measure informality by household, rather than by individual worker...Informality Labour rights Labour market outcomes
BlogCOVID-19 lays bare Cape Town’s social divide, deepens underlying inequalities
The COVID-19 pandemic delivered a devastating economic shock to livelihoods across the world. In Cape Town, it has been toughest on those who had just found a way to keep their heads above water, living on the fringes of urban society...South Africa Urban COVID-19
BlogEcuador’s social protection system failed during the pandemic: It needs a rethink
Household incomes in Ecuador were badly hit by the pandemic, despite the government’s emergency grant to families...COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Book ChapterMexico: Labour markets and fiscal redistribution 1989–2014
From the book: Inequality in the Developing WorldLabour income Inequality Top incomes
Technical NoteHow to implement sub-national poverty lines in a SOUTHMOD country model using conditional constants: The case of UGAMOD
This note describes how to incorporate sub-national poverty lines into a SOUTHMOD country model using conditional constants within the constants function in such a way that the Statistics Presenter can generate national-level poverty statistics...Tax-benefit microsimulation Poverty
SeminarFrançois Bourguignon on COVID-19 and inequality
Working PaperEstimating poverty transitions in Mozambique using synthetic panels: A validation exercise and an application to cross-sectional survey data
In this paper we first validate the use of the synthetic panels technique in the context of the 2014/15 intra-year panel survey data for Mozambique, and then apply the same technique to the 1996/97, 2002/03, 2008/09, and 2014/15 cross-sectional house...Poverty Dynamics poverty transitions Mozambique
Working PaperWelfare and the depth of informality: Evidence from five African countries
This study explores the relationship between household poverty and depth of informality by proposing a new measure of informality at the household level...Informality Measurement Poverty
Working PaperThe role of automatic stabilizers and emergency tax–benefit policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador
This paper makes use of tax–benefit microsimulation techniques to quantify the distributional effects of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the role of tax–benefit policies in mitigating the immediate impact of the economic shocks...COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Working PaperEstimates of multidimensional poverty for India using NSSO-71 and -75
We measure multidimensional poverty in India using National Sample Survey Organization data from 2014–15 to 2017–18. We use income, health, education, and standard of living to measure the multidimensional poverty index (MPI)...Multidimensional poverty index Income Poverty
Working PaperInformality and work status
The most important determinant of households’ livelihoods is how much they earn for their labour...Informal work Work status Livelihoods