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
32 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperGlimpses of fiscal states in sub-Saharan Africa
There is a widespread perception that taxing in sub-Saharan Africa has been and remains fraught with problems or government failure. This is not generally true...Tax Revenue Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperDo gifts buy votes?: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
Vote-buying—or the pre-electoral distribution of private goods in exchange for support at the ballot box—is often blamed for the poor economic performance of many sub-Saharan countries...Elections vote-buying Sub-Saharan Africa
PresentationEva-Maria Egger to present evidence on reducing employment gender gaps in low- and middle-income countries
Eva-Maria Egger will present evidence on reducing employment gender gaps in low- and middle-income countries at a virtual brown-bag seminar hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Malawi on Wednesday 19 May 2021. The...
Project workshopDomestic savings mini workshop for country case authors
This project workshop brought together the authors responsible for the country case studies of The domestic savings shortfall in developing countries – what can be done about it? project. The country studies will be included in a book volume...
Working PaperFemale labour force participation in sub-Saharan Africa: A cohort analysis
Female labour force participation rates have stagnated in sub-Saharan Africa since the turn of the millennium...Labour supply Gender Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperWelfare and the depth of informality: Evidence from five African countries
This study explores the relationship between household poverty and depth of informality by proposing a new measure of informality at the household level...Informality Measurement Poverty
Technical NoteThe Economic Transformation Database (ETD): content, sources, and methods
This note introduces the GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database (ETD), which provides time series of employment and real and nominal value added by 12 sectors in 51 countries for the period 1990–2018...Database Employment value added
Journal ArticleDoes connectivity reduce gender gaps in off-farm employment?: Evidence from 12 low- and middle income countries
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | Gender gaps in labor force participation in developing countries persist despite income growth or structural change...Gender gap Youth Employment
Working PaperDoes connectivity reduce gender gaps in off-farm employment?: Evidence from 12 low- and middle-income countries
Gender gaps in labour force participation in developing countries persist despite income growth or structural change. We assess this persistence across economic geographies within countries, focusing on youth employment in off-farm wage jobs...Gender gap Youth Employment
Journal ArticleCOVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan Africa experience
The COVID-19 pandemic poses risks not only for people’s health but also economic wellbeing. While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, its impact on the labour market has become a key issue of global concern...COVID-19 Employment Informal poor
Background NoteCOVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic poses important risks for people’s health and economic wellbeing...COVID-19 Employment Informal poor
SeminarAfrica’s lockdown dilemma — high poverty and low trust
On 16 July 2020, two researchers of the Inclusive growth in Mozambique programme, Ivan Manhique and Ricardo Santos, will present their current research.
BlogBeyond lockdown: rebuilding the social contract
Continued lockdown measures are straining the social contract between citizens and governments...Social unrest Lockdown Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperUnequal expectations: Gender inequality in salary expectations of university students
Students’ expectations about their future wages are established in the literature as relevant determinants of the choices made for education progression and, at the university level, for the area and course to be studied...Inequality Inequality decomposition Stratification
Working PaperAfrica’s lockdown dilemma: High poverty and low trust
The primary policy response to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in high-income countries has been to lock down large sections of the population...COVID-19 Lockdown Poverty
Book ChapterDevelopment and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa
When it comes to reporting on Africa, the international news media has, over time, delivered very mixed messages. Yet there are still many who characterize sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as a region of hunger, economic crisis, and political unrest...Sub-Saharan Africa Economic development Transformation