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Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
27 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperCan mining promote industrialization?: A comparative analysis of policy frameworks in three Southern African countries
This paper explores the potential to leverage large-scale mineral extraction in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to foster mineral beneficiation and upstream industries...Mineral industries Supply and demand
Working PaperModelling growth scenarios for biofuels in South Africa’s transport sector
South Africa has a nascent biofuels industry and emerging regulatory framework, and although water scarcity limits local supply potential, that of the southern African region appears substantial...Biology, Economic Supply and demand Transportation
Working PaperThe expansion of regional supermarket chains: Changing models of retailing and the implications for local supplier capabilities in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Over the past two decades, southern African countries have experienced rapid growth in the number and spread of supermarkets...Regional economics Strategic planning Supply and demand
Working PaperIncome and price elasticities of demand in South Africa: An application of the linear expenditure system
This paper investigates the expenditure patterns of South African households using detailed cross-sectional expenditure and price data...Aeronautics, Commercial Consumption (Economics) Food supply
VideoRegional Integration and the Role of Supermarkets - an interview with Reena das Nair
In this interview, Reena das Nair of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) provides information about research on supermarket value chains in Southern Africa. The focus is on supermarket chains from South Africa and...Regional economics Strategic planning Supply and demand
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
Journal ArticleGlobalization and Smallholders: The Adoption, Diffusion, and Welfare Impact of Non-Traditional Export Crops in Guatemala
Part of Journal Special Issue Globalization, Poverty, and Inequality in Latin AmericaAgricultural innovations Globalization International trade
Book ChapterGrowth-oriented Macroeconomic Policies for Small-Island Economies: Lessons from Singapore
From the book: Vulnerability in Developing CountriesEconomic development Fiscal policy Human capital
Working PaperTrade with China and India and Manufacturing Labour Demand in Argentina
For many in Latin America, the increasing participation of China and India in international markets is seen as a looming shadow of two ‘mighty giants’ on the region’s manufacturing sector...Competition International trade Labor demand
Journal ArticleMacroeconomic Policies for Growth in Small Pacific Island Economies
Part of Journal Special Issue FocusEconomic development Fiscal policy Human capital
Working PaperGlobalization and Smallholders: The Adoption, Diffusion, and Welfare Impact of Non-traditional Export Crops in Guatemala
This paper uses a duration analysis based on adoption data spanning over 25 years from six communities in the Central Highlands of Guatemala to explore how household characteristics and external trends play into both the adoption and diffusion proces...Agricultural innovations Globalization International trade
Working PaperMacroeconomic Policies for Growth in Small Pacific Island Economies
This paper examines macroeconomic performance and policies in small Pacific island economies (SPIEs). These economies are highly prone to various supply shocks and face severe obstacles to development arising from their geography and demography...Economic development Fiscal policy Human capital
Working PaperChina's Business Cycles: Perspectives from an AD-AS Model
This paper represents a first attempt to study China’s business cycles using a formal analytical framework, namely, a structural VAR model...Business cycles Communist state Fiscal policy
Book ChapterThe EU's Everything But Arms Initiative and the Least-developed Countries Mathematical models (Equilibrium (Economics)) International trade Supply and demand
Working PaperThe EU's Everything But Arms Initiative and the Least-developed Countries
Using a computable general equilibrium simulation model and partial equilibrium simulations, based on the SMART model, the paper attempts to assess the aggregate worldwide distribution of gains and losses of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) i...Mathematical models (Equilibrium (Economics)) International trade Supply and demand