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.
Annual Report 2020
Read about how our research shifted to address the effects of the global pandemic in 2020. The annual report also looks back at some of the highlights from our history as we celebrate 35 years of UNU-WIDER and the power of the WIDER network.
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
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
Have you heard about the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database?
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
86 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogIndia’s manufacturing and services value-chains are shifting South: A curse or a blessing?
Much has been written on India as an outlier in Global Value Chains (GVC)...Structural transformation Manufacturing Global value chains
Working PaperThe legacy of conflict: aggregate evidence from Sierra Leone
This paper studies the general equilibrium impact of civil war in Sierra Leone. I first use an instrumental variable (IV) strategy and geographic conflict variation to estimate reduced-form effects...Conflict Livelihoods Structural transformation
NewsKunal Sen invited to expert consultation with UNIDO on manufacturing responses to COVID-19
UNU-WIDER Director Kunal Sen was invited to contribute to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) High-Level Expert Consultation (HLEC) which took place online on 18 May 2021. He joined eminent experts including Joseph E...Economic Transformation Database Structural transformation
PresentationKunal Sen joins webinar on BRICS and Emerging Economies
Hear from some of the world’s leading experts on BRICS and Emerging Economies at the launch event of the Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies
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