UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Journal ArticleAre less developed countries more exposed to multinational tax avoidance?
ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: This paper uses a global dataset with information about 210,000 corporations in 142 countries to investigate whether tax avoidance by multinational firms is more prevalent in less-developed countries...International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
Working PaperIncome under-reporting and tax evasion: How they impact inequality in Vietnam
Personal income tax is attracting more attention from the Vietnamese government, which has been looking for a way to reinforce its budget revenue...Income inequality Income under-reporting permanent income
BlogToo late, too little? The IMF and international tax flight
When key decision makers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gather in Washington DC for the IMF’s annual meeting in October, one thing that would merit more attention is the mismatch between the IMF’s recent alignments against inter...Internation Monetary Fund OECD tax avoidance
Working PaperPolicy diffusion within international organizations: A bottom-up analysis of International Monetary Fund tax work in Panama, Seychelles, and the Netherlands
I analyse the evolution of the International Monetary Fund tax policy advice in three countries commonly used for tax evasion or avoidance: Panama, Seychelles, and the Netherlands...Internation Monetary Fund OECD tax avoidance
In the mediaStudy on global tax avoidance garners worldwide attention
A new WIDER Working Paper has brought attention around the world to government revenue loss from tax avoidance. The study finds that, globally, low- and lower middle-income countries are hit the hardest; in terms of regions, losses are most intense...Tax evasion Profit shifting
BlogCapital flight from developing countries – what is it, how is it measured, and what have we learned?
Many worry that developing countries lose a substantial amount of money via capital flight, that is, outflows of cash and securities — part of which can also be illegal...Capital Tax evasion Taxation
Working PaperDeflecting my burden, hindering redistribution: How elites influence tax legislation in Latin America
This paper proposes to understand a singular but salient factor that enables the wealthy to deflect their tax burden downwards: elites’ political leverage to shape legislation via their capacity to influence political actors and policy outcomes...Equality and inequality Revenue Tax evasion
BlogMultinational Tax Avoidance in Developing Countries
In recent years many global firms—including Starbucks, Google, and Amazon—have come under fire for avoiding paying taxes in one country by shifting their profits to a country with lower tax rates...International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
Working PaperAre less developed countries more exposed to multinational tax avoidance?: Method and evidence from micro-data
NOTE | Revised version May 2017 available. View and download the revised version...International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (December 2013)
10 December 2013 Tony Addison Our November-December Angle comes amid intense activity on our ReCom—Research and Communication on Foreign Aid—programme, which is drawing to a close...Economic aspects (Agriculture) Aggregation operators Budget
Working PaperThe International Fiscal Implications of Global Poverty Reduction and Global Public Goods Provision
The mixed record on the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets and the focus on global public goods in post-MDG debates questions the future of traditional development co-operation (official development assistance, ODA)...Mathematical models (Economic development) Tax evasion Taxation
BlogSharing for Prosperity
17 April 2013 Minister Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås Economic growth in itself will not end poverty...Children Democracy Economic growth
BlogThe Imperative for Strengthening International Tax Co-operation
GUEST Angle John Langmore and Perrin Wilkins When delivering the eighth WIDER Annual Lecture on rethinking growth strategies in 2004 Dani Rodrik explored means of building the rate of economic growth in poor countries and suggested ‘trying to i...Economic growth Economic policy Financial institutions, International
Working PaperWealth Distribution, Lobbying and Economic Growth: Theory and Evidence
This paper presents a model allowing one to analyze the joint determination of inequality, taxes, human capital and growth. We consider the political economy of redistribution between three income groups in a dynamic economy...Econometric models (Economic development) Education Income distribution