Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
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35 years of research for change – what's next?
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Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
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Book ChapterSwitzerland's Rise to a Wealthy Nation: Competition and Contestability as Key Success Factors
From the book: Development SuccessCompetition Economic development History (Economics)
Book ChapterA Two-Thirds Rate of Success: Polish Transformation and Economic Development, 1989- 2008
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development Economic policy History (Economics)
Book ChapterDevelopment Success: Historical Accounts from the More Advanced Countries
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development History (Economics)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (January 2013)
Tony Addison We start the new year at a fast pace, preparing for the ReCom results meeting on ‘Aid and the Social Sectors’ in Stockholm on 13th March, and the development conference in June on ‘Learning to Compete: Industrial Develo...Economic development Industrialization Conflict management
BlogFrom The Editor's Desk (December 2012)
Tony Addison This year has rushed by at speed. For UNU-WIDER it’s been a year of big successes. We will have published some 110 working papers by the end of December, up from 96 in 2011 (go here for the latest list)...Economic development Climate change Environment
Working PaperDevelopment Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries
Based on eleven themes, this paper synthesizes in-depth case studies that present historical accounts on the development ‘success’ for a number of more economically advanced countries...Economic development History (Economics)
Book ChapterFruit of the Vine?: An Augmented Endowments-Inequality Hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentHistory (Economics) Equality and inequality Income distribution
Book ChapterThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state History (Economics) Institutional economics
Working PaperThe Fruit of the Vine? An Augmented Endowments-Inequality Hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony
The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would become an extremely unequal society...History (Economics) Equality and inequality Income distribution
Working PaperThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
This study provides evidence that culture understood as values and beliefs moves very slowly. Despite massive institutional change, values and beliefs in transition countries have not changed much over the last 20 years...Communist state History (Economics) Institutional economics
Book ChapterChina, India, Brazil, and South Africa in the World Economy: Engines of Growth?
From the book: Southern Engines of Global GrowthEconomic development History (Economics) Emigration and immigration
Book ChapterSouthern Engines of Global Growth: Very Long Cycles or Short Spurts?
From the book: Southern Engines of Global GrowthEconomic development History (Economics) Factor proportions
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 13 - The Trade-Development Nexus in Theory and History
Working PaperTrading Inequality? Insights from the Two Globalizations in Latin America
Trade flows among countries have increased dramatically during the last globalization episode creating new winners and losers between and within countries...Commerce History (Economics) Equality and inequality
Working PaperSwitzerland’s Rise to a Wealthy Nation: Competition and Contestability as Key Success Factors
This paper argues that economic competition and political contestability are two key determinants of the successful development of the Swiss economy in the nineteenth and twentieth century...Competition Democracy Economic development
Working PaperA Two-thirds Rate of Success: Polish Transformation and Economic Development, 1989-2008
Progress in achieving institutional changes should be evaluated through the prism of their influence on the development abilities of the relevant country...Economic development Economic policy History (Economics)