In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
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Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
Check out our research in brief
Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
23 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleTaxation and social protection under governance decentralisation
Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the taxes they pay the government...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
Working PaperTaxation, social protection, and governance decentralization
Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government’s taxation levels...Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperAn inquiry into the political economy of the global clean energy transition policies and Nigeria’s federal and state governments’ fiscal policies
In order to implement clean energy transition programmes, the national and sub-national governments in Nigeria will incur some cost. In the same way, failure to implement the policies will come with some costs...Fiscal policy Nonrenewable natural resources Renewable energy
Working PaperImplementing EU renewable energy policy at the subnational level: Navigating between conflicting interests
The European Union (EU) has set targets for gradually reducing greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. One of the instruments involved is the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which specifies a 20 per cent renewable energy target for the EU by 2020...Forests and forestry Renewable energy State governments
Working PaperGoverning clean energy transitions in China and India: A comparative political economy analysis
China and India will have to radically transform their electric power systems in order to decouple economic growth from unsustainable resource consumption...Economic growth Environmental policy Political science
Working PaperThe state, the market, and development
The state has played a major role in the most important developmental successes...Economic development Equality and inequality Industrial policy
Working PaperState Capability and Prospects for Close Co-ordination: Considerations for Industrial Policy in Africa
Recent research highlights the considerable potential of industrial policy to support structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa...Industrial policy State governments
Journal ArticleVertical Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan AfricaFiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working PaperA Review of External Assistance and Aid Effectiveness for Maternal and Child Health: Challenges and Opportunities
This paper primarily focuses on how global funding has supported interventions that have proven to be successful in reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality around the world...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
Research BriefDecentralization in South Africa: The Role of Politics
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?’ Robert Cameron looks at the ways in which politics affects decentralization and service delivery in South Africa...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
BlogWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?
Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Over the past decade, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have become a staple of research in development economics...Cost effectiveness Experimental design Field experiments
Working PaperVertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?
This study examines the role of politics on decentralization and service delivery in South Africa, with a specific focus on Johannesburg and Cape Town...Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
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 ChapterThe Role of Federalism in Developing the US During Nineteenth-Century Globalization
From the book: Institutional Change and Economic DevelopmentEconomic development History of economics Globalization
Working PaperThe Role of Federalism in Developing the US during Nineteenth-century Globalization
During its development into a continental empire, the US, like other countries relied on the investment of capital and labour from abroad; unlike other countries, the US had a peculiar political institution, federalism, which channeled these resource...Economic development History of economics Globalization