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13 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogA ‘data revolution’ for sustainable development leaves gaps on inequality
Among the many things said about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the description by the President of the UN General Assembly’s 70 th session, Mogens Lykketoft, that the SDGs represented ‘an unprecedented statistical challenge&...Inequality Quantitative research methodology Qualitative research methodology
Journal ArticleExperimental and Non-Experimental Methods in Development Economics: A Porous Dialectic
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsEconomic development Qualitative research methodology Regression analysis
Journal ArticleAncillary Studies of Experiments: Opportunities and Challenges
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsQualitative research methodology
Journal ArticleDeveloping and Evaluating Governance Indexes: 10 Questions
Recent years have seen a proliferation of composite indicators or indexes of governance and their use in research and policy-making. This article proposes a framework of 10 questions to guide both the development and evaluation of such indexes...Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Qualitative research methodology
Working PaperAid and the Environment in Africa: A Synthesis of Eight Case Studies
This study seeks to understand what aid flows have been doing to the environment in eight countries in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa...Economic assistance and foreign aid Environment Qualitative research methodology
BlogWhat can we Learn from Popular Representations of Development?
17 October 2013 David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock When asked why she wrote novels about poverty rather than gather what we would now call ‘hard’ data, the Victorian novelist George Eliot famously responded that ‘a pi...Economic development Qualitative research methodology Mass media
Working PaperEvaluating Governance Indexes: Critical and Less Critical Questions
Recent years have seen a proliferation of ‘composite indicators’ or ‘indexes’ of governance...Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Qualitative research methodology
BlogWhat Does Good Governance Mean?
Rachel M. Gisselquist Almost all major development institutions today say that promoting good governance is an important part of their agendas...Qualitative research methodology Quantitative research methodology Institutional economics
Book ChapterParticipatory Approaches and the Measurement of Human Well-being
From the book: Human Well-beingPoverty measurement Methodology (Poverty) Qualitative research methodology
Book ChapterMeasuring Food Security Using Respondents' Perception of Food Consumption Adequacy
From the book: Food SecurityFood security Household survey Qualitative research methodology
Working PaperMeasuring Food Security Using Respondents' Perception of Food Consumption Adequacy
Food security is a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon. As such, its measurement may entail and benefit from the combination of both ‘qualitative-subjective’ and ‘quantitative-objective’ indicators...Food security Household survey Qualitative research methodology
Working PaperParticipatory Approaches and the Measurement of Human Well-being
This paper considers the use of participatory methods in international development research, and asks what contribution these can make to the definition and measurement of well-being...Poverty measurement Methodology (Poverty) Qualitative research methodology
Journal ArticleThe link between firm-level innovation and aggregate productivity growth: A cross-country examination
A broad definition of innovation input is used, in which R&D is one of several sources of innovation...Business enterprises Economic development Economic growth