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Journal Article
What Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Government Performance?

Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development Economics

Public (Decision making) Economic development Corruption
Working Paper
Optimal taxation and public provision for poverty reduction

The existing literature on optimal taxation typically assumes there exists a capacity to implement complex tax schemes, which is not necessarily the case for many developing countries...

Income tax Poverty Public goods
Journal Article
How should commodities be taxed?: A counter-argument to the recommendation in the Mirrlees Review

The Mirrlees Review recommends that commodity taxation should in general be uniform, but with some goods consumed in conjunction with labour supply (such as child care) left untaxed...

Public goods Taxation
Working Paper
Ethnic Heterogeneity and Public Goods Provision in Zambia: Further Evidence of a Subnational ‘Diversity Dividend’

The hypothesis that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on public goods provision is widely accepted. Notably, most work on this issue fails to distinguish adequately between national versus subnational governance...

Education Health Public goods
Journal Article
Public Provision, Commodity Demand, and Hours of Work: An Empirical Analysis

The theoretical analysis of optimal commodity taxation is advanced, but there is only limited empirical evidence to guide commodity tax policies...

Children Public goods Taxation
Journal Article
Urban Governance and Service Delivery in African Cities: The Role of Politics and Policies

Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan Africa

Delivery of goods Policy sciences Public goods
Journal Special Issue
Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan Africa

This special issue comprises UNU-WIDER research focusing on key governance challenges related to addressing gaps in urban service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Decision making (Public administration) Public goods
Research Brief
Lessons from the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan

The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) serves as a success story that has improved many Afghan lives and laid the groundwork for potential longer-term development...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Public goods
Research Brief
Every Drop Counts – Improving Aid to Water and Sanitation

Each dollar of aid per year provides 0.17 people with access to water or sanitation. This amounts to a cost of US$5.88 per person. Due to economies of scale, countries with large populations benefit more from aid to the water and sanitation sectors...

Econometric models (Economic development) Economic assistance and foreign aid Environmental economics
Ethnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research

Presentation by Rachel M. Gisselquist. Title: 'Ethnic Divisions, Local Governance, and Public Goods Provision: New Avenues for Research' (paper by Rachel M. Gisselquist, Stefan Leiderer, and Miguel Nino-Zarazua)...

26 March 2014
Toronto, Canada
Past event
What Do We Know About Aid as We Approach 2015?

The ReCom—Research and Communication on Foreign Aid—programme produced 240 original studies...

Agriculture Children Climatic changes
Bringing in Public Economics – An Interview with Jukka Pirttilä

29 March 2014 Quite a few prominent Finnish economists have been collaborating with UNU-WIDER throughout the years. One of them is Jukka Pirttilä, who in the beginning of March 2014 became a Research Fellow at the Institute...

Economic development Research (Education, Higher) Public goods
Journal Article
Ethnic Politics in Ranked and Unranked Systems: an Exploratory Analysis

This article explores how ethnic politics may operate differently in societies with “ranked” versus “unranked” ethnic systems, where ethnicity and class correlate closely versus very little...

Corporate governance Ethnic relations Public goods
Research Brief
Impact of Aid for Health and Education on Gender Equity and Human Development

Initial high human development index scores and per capita income have a strong m impact on the outcomes of aid to the health and education sectors...

Econometric models (Economic development) Economic assistance and foreign aid Expenditures, Public
From the Editor’s Desk (October 2013)

31 October 2013 Tony Addison October finds Angle in New York, for our event on ‘Fragility and Aid–What Works?’ at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN...

Agriculture Budget Economic aspects (Education)
Getting into a State?

30 October 2013 Roger Williamson The UNU-WIDER meeting held last week in New York on the topic of fragility and aid argued forcefully that you cannot ‘fix’ failed states as you would a broken window...

Agriculture Budget Conflict management
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