Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
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.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
447 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogInstitutions and Impact – Some Reflections on the UNU-WIDER Method
I have spent much of the last two years on behalf of UNU-WIDER engaged in thinking about these two issues, but only on this current trip to Toronto, to interview Professor Gerry Helleiner with my colleague Annett Victorero, have I seen that instituti...Economic policy Information technology Institutional economics
Journal Special IssueAid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of Aid
This is an introduction to the UNU-WIDER special issue of World Development on aid policy and the macroeconomic management of aid...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Monetary policy
Journal ArticleAid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of Aid
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Policy and the Macroeconomic Management of AidEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Monetary policy
BlogInequality in South Africa - An Interview with Murray Leibbrandt
At the UNU-WIDER Inequality conference September 2014 we interviewed Murray Leibbrandt, Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town on issues of inequality in South Africa...Children Economic policy Education
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (April 2015)
So we have reached April. The year is starting to move fast...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy
BlogHow Can Governments Better Respond to Global Food Price Fluctuations?
Much of UNU-WIDER’s research in the last few years was initiated under the 2010-13 work programme on the triple crisis of finance, food, and climate change. The financial crisis from 2008 onwards has received massive worldwide attention...Economic policy Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Food security
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (March 2015)
I’m writing this editorial from Dar es Salaam, while at the 20 th anniversary workshop for Tanzania’s REPOA , one of our research partners...Capitalism Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (February 2015)
February found UNU-WIDER busy sending out Calls for Papers on topics ranging from social protection to clean energy to discrimination and affirmative action. You can find them here . There are more to come...Agricultural industries Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid
BlogClimate Policy and Developing Country Interests
There are a series of questions to which we need answers if we are to implement climate change policies that help avoid negative effects. Three key questions are: What are the implications of climate change for economic growth and development?...Carbon tax Economic policy Equilibrium (Economics)
Working PaperHome-Grown and Grassroots-Based Strategies for Determining Inequality Towards Policy Action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe Approach in Perspective
Survey-based tools for determining inequality in Africa south of the Sahara have been critiqued for being too expensive, and oftentimes unsuitable to the realities of the region...Economic policy Equality and inequality Household survey
Journal ArticleState Failure, State-Building, and Prospects for a “Functional Failed State” in Somalia
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile StatesEconomic development Economic policy International agencies
Policy seminarRising income inequality: trends - and measures to prevent and reverse it
ILO , UNCTAD , and UNU-WIDER invite interested professionals to the policy seminar on ‘Rising income inequality: trends, and measures to prevent and reverse it’. The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-...
Research BriefThe Evolution of Social Protection in Latin America
Social insurance has not succeeded in reducing fiscal deficits and expanding coverage to more beneficiaries in Latin America Social assistance has had a greater impact on poverty and inequality than social insurance In lower-middle-income countries, ...Economic policy Equality and inequality Social security
Research BriefThe Causes of the Decline in Income Inequality in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis
Left-of-centre governments emphasized fiscally-prudent but more equitable macroeconomic, tax, social expenditure and labour policies A drop in the premium paid to skilled workers following a rapid expansion of secondary education decreased wage inequ...Economic aspects (Human capital) Economic policy Education
BlogRising Inequality – How to Reverse It?
30 October 2014 Dominik Etienne and Annett Victorero The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-income concentration on economic development and wellbeing...Economic development Economic growth Economic policy
Working PaperAn Integrated Approach to Modelling Energy Policy in South Africa: Evaluating Carbon Taxes and Electricity Import Restrictions
We link a bottom-up energy sector model to a recursive dynamic computable general equilibrium model of South Africa in order to examine two of the country’s main energy policy considerations: (i) the introduction of a carbon tax and (ii) libera...Carbon tax Economic policy Equilibrium (Economics)