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Working PaperFirm-level corruption: Unravelling sand from grease
This paper adds to the recent literature on firm-level corruption by relying on rich data including detailed information on the purpose and amounts of bribe payments among Vietnamese micro, small, and medium firms...Corruption Firm performance Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in sub-Saharan Africa
Revenues from taxation gain importance to finance economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Extortion of bribes by public officials can provide one obstacle for tax compliance...Corruption Tax Economic development
Working PaperDeterrence, peer effect, and legitimacy in anti-corruption policy-making: An experimental analysis
In our framed laboratory experiment, two Public Officials, A and B, make consecutive decisions regarding embezzlement from separate funds. Official B observes Official A’s decision before making their own...Corruption Laboratory experiment Peer effect
Working PaperTaxation, infrastructure, and firm performance in developing countries
This paper investigates the relationship between taxation and firm performance in developing countries...Business enterprises Economic growth Infrastructure (Economics)
Working PaperAnti-corruption policy-making, discretionary power, and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policy makers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments
BlogEconomic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8
This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
PresentationFragile Development 2015-2030: Understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development
On 19th June UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Research Fellow Roger Williamson, participated in a panel entitled “Fragile Development 2015-2030: Understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development”. The panel was...
Journal ArticleWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Government Performance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsPublic (Decision making) Economic development Corruption
BlogVarying Growth Trajectories of the West and the South: The Role of Inequality and Institutions
27 August 2014 Vladimir Popov Modern economic growth started in the West, not because of the efficiency of various capitalist institutions (elimination of serfdom, free cities, universities)...Capitalism Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
Journal ArticleDesigning Effective Civil Service Reform Lessons from Past Experience
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesInternational agencies Corruption Public administration
Journal ArticleCorruption and the Efficiency of Capital Investment in Developing Countries
This paper tests the effect of corruption on the efficiency of capital investment...Capital investments Economic development Corruption
Working PaperState-Building Through Neotrusteeship: Kosovo and East Timor in Comparative Perspective
Why do some states, with foreign assistance, transition from ‘fragile’ to ‘robust?’ Scholars in state-building have argued that neotrusteeship is an effective strategy by which external organizations might build post-conflict ...Conflict management Crime Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperOvercoming the Limits of Institutional Reform in Uganda
This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa...Administrative law Government accountability Institutional economics
Working PaperForeign Aid and Sustainable Forestry
Foreign aid can contribute to sustainable forestry in many ways. The goal is to secure forest benefits of the future, without compromising the needs of the present generations. This paper elaborates on forestry aid as it has evolved in the past...Agriculture Conservation of natural resources Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working PaperForeign Aid and the Failure of State Building in Haiti Under the Duvaliers, Aristide, Préval, and Martelly
After receiving at least US$20 billion in aid for reconstruction and development over the past 60 years, Haiti has been and remains a fragile state, one of the worse globally...Economic assistance and foreign aid Elite (Social sciences) Government accountability