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NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Inequality in the Developing World
Inequality has emerged as a key development challenge. This book contributes to this important discussion by presenting assessments of the measurement and analysis of global inequality by leading inequality scholars. Read more
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The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
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125 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Blog35 years of knowledge for change: Changing IMF orthodoxy (1985-95)
UNU-WIDER was among the first to challenge IMF orthodoxy on macroeconomic stabilization...IMF Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogUNU-WIDER at 35: Letter from the Director
2020 promised to be a big year for UNU-WIDER, with the celebration of our 35th anniversary, the 45th birthday of UNU, and 75 years of the UN...Structural adjustment (Economic policy) IMF Human Development Report
BlogBringing together macroeconomic policy actors in Mozambique to reflect on current challenges and future scenarios
On 25 October 2016, the Inclusive Growth in Mozambique project brought together key actors in macroeconomic policy management from the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Mozambique, and Mozambican academia...Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Macroeconomics
Book ChapterBurkina Faso: Shipping Around the Malthusian Trap
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaEconomic growth Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogCelebrating 30 years of research for development
The celebration of the 30 th Anniversary of UNU-WIDER presented the ideal opportunity to look back, take stock, and plan ahead...Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Gross national product
BlogBeyond the Crisis of the African University - Why Institutions Matter
I recently returned from a week at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa, speaking at a conference honouring Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu who had been Chancellor of the university for 25 years—and had helped to encourage and defen...Higher education Public expenditures Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogDevelopment Finance: The Role for Aid in Africa
Aid’s future, its history, and its impact were the topics of a policy workshop held by UNU-WIDER in co-operation with the Embassy of Denmark in Dar es Salaam on 8 June ...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth Economic policy
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (June-August 2015)
And so we come to the summer Angle . We have just passed the longest day (midsummer) in Helsinki, with 19 or so hours of daylight...Agriculture Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth
BlogHow Can Governments Better Respond to Global Food Price Fluctuations?
Much of UNU-WIDER’s research in the last few years was initiated under the 2010-13 work programme on the triple crisis of finance, food, and climate change. The financial crisis from 2008 onwards has received massive worldwide attention...Economic policy Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Food security
Working PaperNew patterns of structural change and effects on inclusive development: A case study of South Africa and Brazil
This study explores the question of structural change and inclusive development in South Africa and Brazil...Economic growth Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Households
BlogAfrica's Failure to Industrialize: Bad Luck or Bad Policy?
16 December 2014 John Page On 20 November 2014 the United Nations celebrated the 25th Africa Industrialization Day. But perhaps ‘celebrate’ is not exactly the right word...Competition Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogWIDER Annual Lecture 18: Managing Structural Transformation
18 December 2014 Roger Williamson At the UN headquarters in New York on 18 November 2014, Peter Timmer, emeritus professor from Harvard, showed how the three transformations (structural, agricultural, and dietary) relate to development...Agriculture Climate change Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Working PaperThe Practice of Industrial Policy – Lessons for Africa: Co-ordination Through an Asian Lens
African countries are facing great opportunities but also formidable challenges in accelerating economic growth and sustaining a high level of economic performance...Economic growth Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Human capital
Working PaperPolicy Co-ordination and Growth Traps in a Middle-income Country Setting: The Case of South Africa
South Africa has exhibited tepid economic growth over the past twenty years as well as high levels of income inequality characteristic of a middle income country growth trap...Economic growth Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Industrial policy
BlogFinancial Reforms and Falling Inequality in Latin America, 2002-2012: Are They Connected?
29 October 2014 Giovanni Andrea Cornia For the last quarter of the twentieth century, Latin America suffered from low growth, rising inequality, and frequent financial crises; i.e., currency, sovereign debt, and banking crises...Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Public finance