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120 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Conference on Inequality—Measurement, trends, impacts, and policies - Parallel 1.4Taxation Inequality Poverty
Journal ArticleDonor Coordination for Effective Government Policies?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Social Policy and DevelopmentEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Government spending policy
Journal ArticleThe Progressivity and Regressivity of aid to the Social Sectors
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Social Policy and DevelopmentEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Public goods
Journal ArticleWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Government Performance?
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsPublic (Decision making) Economic development Corruption
Working PaperOptimal 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 ArticleHow 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 PaperEthnic 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 ArticlePublic 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 ArticleUrban 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 AfricaDelivery of goods Policy sciences Public goods
Journal Special IssueUrban 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 BriefLessons 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 BriefEvery 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
PresentationEthnic 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)...
ReportWhat Do We Know About Aid as We Approach 2015?
The ReCom—Research and Communication on Foreign Aid—programme produced 240 original studies...Agriculture Children Climate change
BlogBringing 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 ArticleEthnic Divisions and Public Goods Provision, Revisited
A considerable amount of recent work in political science and economics builds from the hypothesis that ethnic heterogeneity leads to poor provision of public goods, a key component of poor governance...Corporate governance Ethnic relations Public goods