UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Journal ArticleCommodity Prices and Intra-Household Labor Allocation
Volatility in commodity markets poses a distinct risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labor supply
BlogCommodities, industry, and the African Growth Miracle
The 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank occur during uncertain times for the “African Growth Miracle.” After more than two decades of sustained economic expansion, growth in sub-Saharan Africa slow...Competition Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperCoffee price volatility and intra-household labour supply: Evidence from Vietnam
Volatility in commodity markets poses an acute risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labor supply
Journal ArticleAgricultural Commodity Price Shocks and Their Effect on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
Commodity price shocks are an important type of external shock and are often cited as a problem for economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa...Agriculture Economic growth Macroeconomics
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments
BlogMalawi's Farm Subsidy Benefits the Poor but Doesn't Come Cheap
Malawi’s farm input subsidy benefits the poor and can be part of a viable national development strategy. Agriculture is Malawi’s main economic sector...Agriculture Equilibrium (Economics) Expenditures, Public
Journal ArticleThe Economy-wide Impacts and Risks of Malawi's Farm Input Subsidy Program
We estimate the impact of Malawi's Farm Input Subsidy Program using an economy-wide approach. This approach yields benefit-cost ratios about 60% higher than existing partial equilibrium studies, a result of our accounting for indirect benefits...Agriculture Equilibrium (Economics) Food industry and trade
Research BriefThe impact of the 2007-08 food price crisis in Brazil
The impact of the 2007–08 food price crisis in Brazil was relatively subdued compared with what took place in many other developing countries...Agriculture Food industry and trade Inflation (Finance)
BlogWhat did we Learn at the L2C Conference about Industrial Development and Policy in Africa?
22 August 2013 Roger Williamson Given the high growth rates since 2000 and low labour costs, Africa could develop manufacturing industry, agro-processing, and services...Education Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Human capital
BlogGhana’s Oil Resources Toward Economic Growth and Human Development
Robert Darko Osei As the country’s oil production shifts into gear, Ghana’s new status as a middle-income country is bound to see a reduction in official development assistance (ODA) in the medium to long term...Accounting Capital Economic assistance and foreign aid
Tony Addison With six months remaining till the end of 2011, it’s time to take a peek into the near future. What can we expect? John Kenneth Galbraith once said that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look respectable...Agriculture Climatic changes Debts, Public
Journal ArticleDoes Aid Mitigate External Shocks?
Part of Journal Special Issue Development AidEconomic assistance and foreign aid International trade Prices
Working PaperDoes Aid Mitigate External Shocks?
This paper investigates the role of aid in mitigating the adverse effects of commodity export price shocks on growth in commodity-dependent countries...Economic assistance and foreign aid International trade Prices
Book ChapterFood Security in the South Pacific Island Countries with Special Reference to the Fiji Islands
From the book: Food Insecurity, Vulnerability and Human Rights FailureAgriculture and state Food industry and trade Food security
Book ChapterThe Impact of Domestic and International Commodity Price Volatility on Agricultural Income Instability in Ghana, Vietnam and Peru
From the book: Food SecurityHouseholds Prices Primary commodities
Working PaperFood Security in the South Pacific Island Countries with Special Reference to the Fiji Islands
This paper analyses the status of food security in selected South Pacific Island countries, namely Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu at the national and household levels during the period 1991-20...Agriculture and state Food industry and trade Food security