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
9 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Technical NoteDeriving shocks to household consumption expenditures from the associated income shocks resulting from COVID-19
This note, which forms part of a series of technical notes that complement Lastunen et al. (2021) , reports the approach used to derive shocks to household expenditures from shocks at the individual-level labour incomes...COVID-19 Income Shocks
Working PaperFemale education and marriage in Pakistan: The role of financial shocks and marital customs
This project aims to explore the effect of wealth shocks on education and marriage for young women in Pakistan. Financial shocks are used to estimate the probability of dropping out of education and into marriage...Marriage customs Shocks early marriage
Working PaperInformal freelancers in the time of COVID-19: Insights from a digital matching platform in Mozambique
Despite the severe negative economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence from many contexts points to a surge in sales on online platforms, as well as shifts in the composition of demand...COVID-19 Shocks Mozambique
Working PaperForecasting recovery from COVID-19 using financial data: An application to Viet Nam
We develop a new methodology to nowcast the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and forecast its evolution in small, export-oriented countries...COVID-19 Pandemic Forecasting
Working PaperPandemics and their impact on oil and metal prices
We examine the effect of pandemics on selected commodity prices—in particular, those of zinc, copper, lead, and oil...Pandemic Commodities Prices
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
Background NoteDo more diversified suppliers rebound faster than concentrated suppliers in times of shocks?: Insights from Kenya
In this background note, we examine how different firms and sectors rebound or prevail in crises...Export firms Sectors Shocks
BlogIs COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...COVID-19 Economics Shocks
Working PaperWhat’s behind pro-poor growth?: The role of shocks and measurement error
Standard growth incidence curves describe how growth episodes impact on the overall income distribution...Measurement error Shocks Pro-poor