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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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BlogSupply or demand? Exploring the mechanisms behind the rise of female labour force participation in Mexico
At the global level, gender gaps in labour force participation have narrowed and over half a billion women have joined the workforce in the last 30 years...Women's work Female labour force participation Economics
Working PaperTrade liberalization, employment, and gender in Ethiopia
This paper analyses the impact of trade liberalization on local labour markets in Ethiopia, with a focus on the gender dimension of employment...Tariffs Employment Structural transformation
BlogSub-Saharan Africa had a manufacturing renaissance in 2010s – it’s a promising sign for the years ahead
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, with world output contracting at 3.5% in 2020, and no recovery likely before the fourth quarter of 2021...Structural transformation Manufacturing Employment and Industry
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...
BlogHave you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
On 17 February 2021 the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) and UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD) will be launched...Structural transformation Industrialization Deindustrialization
BlogWhy should I care about economic growth?
Director of UNU-WIDER, Professor Kunal Sen is a world leading expert in development economics and led on ESID ’s research into economic growth...Governance State capacity Structural transformation
Working PaperPremature deindustrialization and income inequality in middle-income countries
This paper examines the income inequality implications of a ‘premature deindustrialization’ trend in middle-income countries...Deindustrialization Income inequality Middle-income countries
Blog35 years of research for change – what's next?: Building just societies
To celebrate its 35 th birthday, UNU-WIDER has looked back at some of its greatest achievements...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogThe developer’s dilemma in India – the role of politics and economic ideology
Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogLate development, early adoption – how new technology is reshaping the future of structural change
Technological catch-up is bringing new asynchronies to development pathways. What does this mean for employment, globalization, and inequality?...Structural transformation Technology Developer's dilemma
Working PaperEconomic complexity and structural transformation: the case of Mozambique
Mozambique is among the world’s least complex economies. By systematically accounting for both supply- and demand-side factors, we identify new products and sectors that can help to diversify and upgrade its economy...Economic complexity Trade Exports
Research BriefTackling poverty and inequality in Southern Africa: Transnational growth corridors as a solution
Comprehensive harmonization is crucial to eliminate inefficiencies that hamper free movement of goods and services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region...Growth Growth corridors Intra-regional trade
Journal ArticleWas Kuznets Right?: New evidence on the relationship between structural transformation and inequality
We examine the Kuznets postulate that structural transformation leads to higher inequality using comparable panel data for a large number of developing and developed countries for 1960–2012...Structural transformation Inequality Kuznets
Working PaperFrom fiscal stabilization to economic diversification: A developmental approach to managing resource revenues
The management of revenues from exhaustible natural resources involves a number of challenges...Commodity dependence Economic development Natural resources
Working PaperFast tracking the SADC integration agenda to unlock regional collaboration gains along growth corridors in Southern Africa
Despite more than two decades of economic integration efforts, levels of spatial development inequality remain high within the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...Growth Growth corridors Intra-regional trade
BlogDouble dividends and mixed blessings: What would the pioneers of development economics make of new trends in developing economies?
Today, we see clear trends in developing countries of a potentially troubling ‘new normal’ for economic development. We see tertiarization with rising inequality. We see urbanization without growth...Structural transformation Economic development