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68 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperAid as a Catalyst for Pioneer Investment
I discuss how aid can support growth in small, isolated economies. Small markets frustrate scale economies and competition. Combined with high transport costs, essential inputs become prohibitively expensive...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Investments
WorkshopReport launch of 'Characteristics of the Vietnamese business environment: Evidence from a small and medium enterprise survey in 2011'
A report describing the main findings and key policy recommendations arising from a new survey of Vietnamese Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was launched at Ha Noi’s Central Institute of Economic Management on 21 November 2012. The results...
Working PaperAid and Investment in Statistics for Africa
Over many past decades countries in sub-Saharan Africa have received extensive bilateral and multilateral aid in support of the production of relevant, timely, and good quality data and statistics...Economic assistance and foreign aid Investments
Research BriefThe Role of ODA in Infrastructure Financing
It has long been recognized that the creation of an adequate infrastructure is vital for creating sustainable growth and reducing poverty in Africa...Economic assistance and foreign aid Finance Infrastructure (Economics)
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (September 2012)
Tony Addison Mid-September finds UNU-WIDER very busy preparing for our big conference on climate change and development policy that takes place later this month, as well as our WIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett of Harvard University (you can als...Air pollution Agricultural innovations Agriculture
Research BriefAid and Structural Change in Africa: A New Agenda
It is commonly acknowledged that developing economies are characterized by large differences in output per worker across sectors...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic integration
Working PaperDoes Financial Liberalisation Improve Access to Investment Finance in Developing Countries?
This paper considers the effect of financial liberalisation on access to investment finance using firm level data covering 57 developing and transition countries...Credit Finance Financial institutions
Working PaperAid and Infrastructure Financing: Emerging Challenges with a Focus on Africa
The central argument of this study is that given the magnitude of the investment in infrastructure that is required, especially in Africa, the role of foreign aid in the future should be distinctly different...Economic assistance and foreign aid Finance Infrastructure (Economics)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (May 2012)
Tony Addison Finland traditionally celebrates the start of summer on 1st May (the ‘Vappu’ holiday), and UNU-WIDER currently basks in warm sunshine...Democracy Households Investments
BlogFemale Empowerment and Extreme Poverty Reduction: Progressing On One without the Other?
Lucy Scott Women are increasingly seen as an important part of the international development agenda...Households Investments Poverty
Working PaperAid, Structural Change and the Private Sector in Africa
This paper argues that official development assistance (foreign aid) is partly responsible for the lack of structural change in Africa...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Economic integration
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (January 2012)
Tony Addison January saw the snow arrive in Helsinki. As I look out across the harbour, the scene is one of various shades of white and grey. The temperature is well below zero (minus 20 o c)...Commercial policy Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Research BriefFemale Empowerment and Extreme Poverty Reduction: Progressing on One Without the Other?
Women are increasingly seen as an important part of the international development agenda. Empowering women and promoting gender equality are enshrined as global development objectives with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000...Households Investments Poverty
Working PaperContested Relationships: Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment, Insights from the Transfer of Material Assets in Bangladesh
This article examines the relationship between women’s economic and social empowerment in the context of extreme poverty...Households Investments Poverty
Working PaperPolitical Connections and Investment in Rural Vietnam
This paper uses household panel data from rural Vietnam to explore the effects of having a relative in a position of political or bureaucratic power on farmers’ agricultural investment decisions...Credit Informal sector Investments
Working PaperTourism and Economic Growth: African Evidence from Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework
Using a panel vector autoregressive model this paper investigates the dynamic and endogeneous contribution of tourism to output based on a sample of 40 African countries for the period 1990–2006...Economic development Human capital Investments