UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
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COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
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27 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterRekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentBureaucracy Public administration Decision making (Public administration)
Book ChapterIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentDecision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Working PaperUruguay’s Income Inequality and Political Regimes during 1981–2010
This study assesses the evolution of inequality in Uruguay during 1981-2010, considered as subperiods built on the basis of the main policy regimes observed: extreme right (1981-84), centre-right (1985-89), right (1990-2004), and centre-left (2005-10...Economic aspects (Education) Economic aspects (Income distribution) Decision making (Public administration)
Working PaperThe Dynamics of Land Titling Regularization and Market Development
We study the effects of titles on parcel valuation and urban land market development (real estate transfers, rentals, and mortgages), and the dynamics of deregularization by exploiting a natural experiment in the allocation of land titles to very poo...Deregulation Land reform Land tenure
Working PaperRekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil
This paper shows how an elite cadre of public sector officials played a key role in the success of administrative reforms in Brazil’s state tax administration bureaus in the 1990s...Bureaucracy Public administration Decision making (Public administration)
Working PaperIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
An ethnographic approach is applied to Cameroon customs in order to explore the role and the capacity of the bureaucratic elites to reform their institution...Decision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Working PaperThe Great Transformation 1989-2029: Could It Have Been Better? Will It Be Better?
Over 1.8 billion people, from Central Europe to East Asia, have been involved in the great systemic transformation to market economy, civic society and democracy. The process has brought mixed fruits...Economists Informal sector (Economics) International economic relations
Book ChapterWhy Have All Development Strategies Failed in Latin America?
From the book: Advancing DevelopmentEconomic development Economic planning International agencies
Working PaperWhy Have All Development Strategies Failed in Latin America?
After the Great Depression and throughout the rest of the twentieth century, Latin American countries basically approached economic development following two successive and quite opposed strategies...Economic development Economic policy International agencies
Journal ArticleRent Seeking and Government Ownership of Firms: An Application to China's Township–Village Enterprises
Part of Journal Special Issue WIDER Symposium on Adaptive Efficiency and Evolving Diversity of Enterprise Ownership and GovernanceGovernment business enterprises Microeconomics Organizational behavior
Working PaperFrom the Grabbing Hand to the Helping Hand: A Rent Seeking Model of China’s Township-Village Enterprises
I present a study of ownership of firms under government rent seeking. Using its control of regulated inputs, a government agency extracts rents from a manager who undertakes an investment...Government business enterprises Microeconomics Organizational behavior