Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
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Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
96 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterDependence on extractive industries in lower-income countries: The statistical tendencies
From the book: Extractive IndustriesDevelopment Oil Gas
Journal ArticleTax Structures and Economic Growth: New Evidence from the Government Revenue Dataset
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic DevelopmentEconomic growth Fiscal policy Development
Working PaperDiaspora externalities: A view from the South
Migration decisions affect those left-behind in ways that are partly taken into account by market forces (e.g., wage effects on labour markets) and for the most part these can be seen as pure externalities...Diaspora networks International migration Development
BlogDomestic revenue mobilization and the role of data
Government revenues are central to funding public expenditures in all countries...Tax Development
BlogUpdated Government Revenue Dataset provides new insights into developing country tax collection trends
The increasing focus on domestic resource mobilization in developing countries means that, for researchers and policy makers, access to accurate and timely data is more important than ever...Tax Development
Working PaperRegulatory structures and challenges to developmental extractives: Some practical observations from Ghana
At the heart of an effective extractive resource-based economic transformation and development is an effective regulatory framework that guides the promotion of investments into the sector, the procedure for responsible extraction, and the management...Development Extractives Regulatory
Working PaperMultilateral development aid: Assessing the major replenishments of 2016
This survey of the 2016 replenishments of three multilateral development bank soft funds and of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria shows that a significant re-set of the multilateral development finance system is taking place, with grant fundin...aid Multilateral finance Traditional and emerging donors
Working PaperThe effect of China’s One Child Policy on sex selection, family size, and the school enrolment of daughters
I first document that the introduction of the One Child Policy dramatically increased sex selection in certain regions, and that the Chinese government responded to this by allowing parents who had a daughter as their first child to try for a second ...Development Education Family planning
LecturePublic Economics Winter School 2017
The University of Pretoria will hold from 3-7 July 2017 the second Winter School – one of the key events in the public economics capacity building initiative managed by GTAC on behalf of the National Treasury.
BlogTax, development and the SDGs: How we are supporting the data revolution
At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening capacity to collect tax and other revenue is key for developing countries as they move forward...Tax Development data
Working PaperMining’s contribution to low- and middle-income economies
In several low- and middle-income countries with important extractive sectors, gross national income has developed favourably. Africa has benefitted most, particularly West Africa...Mining Development Tax revenue
Working PaperHealth consequences of sterilizations
One-third of married women are sterilized in India. This is largely due to family planning programs that put a strong emphasis on ‘permanent’ contraceptive methods rather than temporary ones...Development Fertility, Human Gender
BookThe Practice of Industrial Policy: Government–Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Industrialization Industrial policy Structural transformation