Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
125 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogConflict-prone countries are not doomed to an eternal trap
The situation of Afghanistan has drawn a picture of a poor, conflict-prone, doomed country. But this does not have to be the case...Least Developed Countries Productivity Sustainable development
Working PaperThe relative neglect of agriculture in Mozambique
This paper explores agricultural performance of Mozambique, its institutional weaknesses, and the underlying factors that underpin an unsatisfactory performance during many decades...Agriculture Environment Institutions
Working PaperDigital technology and productivity of informal enterprises: Empirical evidence from Nigeria
The lingering policy dilemma facing many governments in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years is what can be done in the short to medium term to boost the output and incomes of individuals and enterprises in the informal sector, given the size and persi...Information technology Informal sector Productivity
Policy BriefThe economic gains of reducing the employment gender gap in Morocco
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, including Morocco, currently record the lowest rates of female labour force participation (FLFP) in the world...Female labour force participation Gender gap Employment
Working PaperHow good are manufacturing jobs in Myanmar?: Evidence from matched employer–employee data
The quality of people’s jobs is a fundamental determinant of their well-being, and judging the state of a labour market on the basis of job quantity alone delivers a very partial picture...job quality Productivity Working conditions
Working PaperGood business practices improve productivity in Myanmar’s manufacturing sector: Evidence from two matched employer–employee surveys
We look into the relationship between business practices and enterprise productivity using panel data with matched employer and employee information from Myanmar...Business Management Productivity
PresentationGGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database presented at STEG conference
On 13 January 2021, Gaaitzen de Vries , researcher at the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) and UNU-WIDER, presented new research findings on industrialization patterns in developing economies at the online annual conference of the...
Working PaperFormalization and productivity: Firm-level evidence from Viet Nam
Using a firm-level panel dataset on private small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Viet Nam’s manufacturing sector, this paper examines productivity dynamics of formal and informal firms...Formalization Productivity Firm productivity
Working PaperEffects of productivity growth on domestic savings across countries: Disentangling the roles of trend and cycle
Resource mobilization continues to be an important policy challenge for developing economies, raising questions as to what determines differences in saving behaviour across countries...Saving Productivity Growth
Working PaperExporters and global value chain participation: Firm-level evidence from South Africa
Using the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel data for 2009–17, this paper investigates how global value chain-related trade affects the export performance of manufacturing firms in South Africa...Global value chains Learning by exporting Productivity
Working PaperInfluence of institutional factors on the performance of the agricultural sector in Mozambique
This paper is a review of the institutions and the performance of the agricultural sector in Mozambique, using an analysis table adapted to the assessment of the connections between the institutions and economic development...Agriculture Environment Institutions
Journal ArticleMarket constraints, misallocation, and productivity in Vietnam agriculture
Part of Journal Special Issue Understanding agricultural development and changeViet Nam Agriculture Misallocation
Working PaperProductivity, structural change, and skills dynamics: Evidence from a half-century analysis
This paper explores the contribution of structural change and the skill upgrading of the labour force to productivity...MENA Productivity Skills
Book ChapterLocal content in Zambia—a faltering experience?
From the book: Mining for ChangeIndustrialization Local content Economic linkages