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.
741 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperDeflecting my burden, hindering redistribution: How elites influence tax legislation in Latin America
This paper proposes to understand a singular but salient factor that enables the wealthy to deflect their tax burden downwards: elites’ political leverage to shape legislation via their capacity to influence political actors and policy outcomes...Equality and inequality Revenue Tax evasion
BlogAfrican Lions - Ghana's job creation successes and obstacles
Over the past two decades, Ghana’s economy experienced an average annual growth rate of 5.8 percent, and became a low-middle income country in 2007...Economic growth Employees Equality and inequality
Working PaperAffirmative action and long-run changes in group inequality in India
Research on caste-based inequalities in India has generally focused on differences between large categories such as the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, and the remainder of the population...Caste Equality and inequality
Working PaperDiscriminatory attitudes and indigenous language promotion: Challenges and solutions
In this paper, we analyse which channels influence individual preferences concerning the choice of the official language in Zambia...Education Equality and inequality History, Local
Working PaperMandated political representation and crimes against the low castes
Mandated political representation over the last twenty years has had a different impact on the reporting of crime by the low castes than what is observed for the reporting of crime by women...Caste Crime Equality and inequality
BlogThe world’s new middles - Implications for the future of development and aid
The storyline The basic storyline of this blog is economic growth since the Cold War. It is outlined how growth has produced two new middles...Economic growth Equality and inequality Income distribution
Journal ArticleLand Governance, Gender Equality and Development: Past Achievements and Remaining Challenges
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid for Gender Equality and DevelopmentEquality and inequality Land tenure Women
Working PaperDouble jeopardy?: Caste, affirmative action, and stigma
This paper presents the results of an attitude survey administered to university students in India that attempts to delineate the social–psychological mechanisms of ‘externalization’ and ‘internalization’ to understand t...Caste Education, Higher Equality and inequality
Working PaperGender bias in education during conflict: Evidence from Assam
Using a large-scale novel panel dataset (2005–14) on schools from the Indian state of Assam, we test for the impact of violent conflict on female students’ enrollment rates...Education Equality and inequality Human capital
Working PaperAffirmative action policies and the evolution of post-apartheid South Africa’s racial wage gap
Racial wage inequality and discrimination have pervaded South African society for centuries. Apartheid legislation cemented these disparities by institutionalizing white job reservation and many other unfair practices...Discrimination in employment Equality and inequality Labor
Working PaperFor whom does the phone (not) ring?: Discrimination in the rental housing market in Delhi, India
Using an audit experiment carried out on of India’s largest real estate websites, we document striking variations between landlords’ treatment of upper-caste Hindus, Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes, and Muslims...Caste Discrimination in housing Equality and inequality
BlogAfrica’s Poverty - Is Growth Delivering Enough?
To Stockholm, for Sida’s Development Talks on the theme ‘ Africa rising? Poverty and growth in sub-Saharan Africa ’...Economic development Economic growth Equality and inequality
Book ChapterPoverty, Inequality, and Prices in Post-Apartheid South Africa
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaEquality and inequality Inflation (Finance) Macroeconomics
Book ChapterUtility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001-10: Snapshots in the Presence of Multiple Economy-Wide Shocks
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaEconometric models (Economic development) Equality and inequality Poverty
Book ChapterIncomes, Inequality, and Poverty in Kenya: A Long-Term Perspective
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaEquality and inequality Income Measurement (Poverty)