Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
UNU-WIDER in partnership with UONGOZI Institute will organize a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, 11-12 February 2021. Read more
35 years of research for change – what's next?
Join our anniversary celebrations as we reflect on some of the greatest achievements of UNU-WIDER over the last 35 years and how we see our work creating change in the future. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
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How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
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17 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperLeapfrogging into the unknown: The future of structural change in the developing world
This paper traces a set of major trends and future scenarios in global structural change...Technological change Structural change Employment
Working PaperProductivity, structural change, and skills dynamics: Evidence from a half-century analysis
This paper explores the contribution of structural change and the skill upgrading of the labour force to productivity...MENA Productivity Skills
Book ChapterUganda’s oil: How much, when, and how will it be governed?
From the book: Mining for ChangeExtractives Extractive industries Structural change
WorkshopAuthors' workshop: The developer’s dilemma: structural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth
Book ChapterAgriculture, the Rural Sector, and Development
From the book: Asian TransformationsAgricultural productivity Structural change Rural development
BlogCan natural resources jump-start industrialization?
At the end of last year, I filmed a lecture that will be part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on industrialization in Africa...Industrialization Structural change Employment and Industry
Policy BriefInequality dynamics in China: Income growth for the poor, but more for the rich
In the late 1970s, China embarked on a major programme of economic transition and reform...Welfare policy Social protection Income inequality
BlogRethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day
This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...Industrialization Structural change Industrial policy
Working PaperUganda’s oil: How much, when, and how will it be governed?
We study Uganda’s journey to become a petroleum producer and provide estimates regarding the size and timing of the oil revenues to be expected...Extractives Extractive industries Structural change
Working PaperInequality in China: Development, transition, and policy
In this paper we describe the major trends in China’s income inequality over the past 40 years and explain them as the outcome of four interleaved stories...China Inequality Development Economics
Book ChapterEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania's service sector
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Informal sector Economic growth
Book ChapterUnderstanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa: an overview
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Economic development South Africa
Blog‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century
During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...Industrialization Structural change Employment and Industry
Working PaperAgricultural and rural transformations in Asian development
Over the past sixty years, most Asian countries have undergone relatively rapid agricultural transformations that helped jumpstart broader economic development...Agricultural productivity Structural change Rural development
Working PaperVariation in structural change around the world, 1985–2015: Patterns, causes and implications
During 1985–2015, globalization intensified the factor-endowment-related pattern of sectoral specialization. In skill-abundant developed countries, manufacturing became more skill-intensive...Structural change Industrialization Globalization
Working PaperEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania’s service sector
Despite Tanzania’s rapid recent growth, the vast majority of employment creation has been in informal services. This paper addresses the role that different subsectors of formal and informal services have played in Tanzania’s growth...Services Informal sector Economic growth