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Working PaperWinning or buying hearts and minds?: Cash transfers and political attitudes in Pakistan
This paper studies how household-level receipts of cash transfers affect political attitudes in Pakistan. The paper exploits the locally exogenous eligibility cut-off of the flagship Benazir Income Support Programme to estimate causal effects...Social protection Political attitudes Cash transfers
Working PaperWelfare and redistributive effects of social assistance in the Global South
This paper presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration, which has interlinked with, and partly reflects the complex demographic and epidemiological transi...Social assistance Social protection Poverty
Journal ArticleQuantifying the Impacts of Expanding Social Protection on Efficiency and Equity: Evidence from a Behavioral Microsimulation Model for Ghana
Part of Journal Special Issue SOUTHMOD: Modelling Tax-benefit Systems in Developing CountriesDeveloping countries Social protection Taxation
Working PaperFinancing the Zambia social cash transfer scale-up: A tax benefit microsimulation analysis based on MicroZAMOD
This paper assesses the effects on poverty and inequality of the alternative targeting approaches that Zambia’s Social Cash Transfer programme could take as its expansion continues during the period of the country’s Seventh National Devel...Economic inequality Poverty Social cash transfers
NewsDirector Kunal Sen contributes to blog on taxation in developing countries
The capability to raise revenues from taxes – often called fiscal capacity – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state, particularly in developing countries. They need higher revenues to invest in a number of economic and...Taxation SDGs Tax revenue
Policy BriefInequality dynamics in China: Income growth for the poor, but more for the rich
In the late 1970s, China embarked on a major programme of economic transition and reform...Welfare policy Social protection Income inequality
Working PaperInequality in China: Development, transition, and policy
In this paper we describe the major trends in China’s income inequality over the past 40 years and explain them as the outcome of four interleaved stories...China Inequality Development Economics
BlogFrom PhD Fellow to President: (of Colpensiones, Colombia’s public pension and social security administrator) – Juan Villa
Four years ago, in 2014, Juan Villa spent three months at UNU-WIDER in our PhD Fellowship Programme...Social protection Public policy UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship
Book ChapterChoices for spending government revenue: New African oil, gas, and mining economies
From the book: Extractive IndustriesExtractives Education Framework
Journal ArticleTrade, poverty, and social protection in developing countries
How do shifts in trade affect social protections for the poor?...Globalization and Trade Social protection
Working PaperQuantifying the impacts of expanding social protection on efficiency and equity: Evidence from a behavioural microsimulation model for Ghana
A large informal sector is a challenge for developing countries building up social protection systems...Developing countries Social protection Taxation
Working PaperChoices for spending government revenue: New African oil, gas, and mining economies
This paper examines a broad range of opportunities for addressing the pressing human development needs of low-income countries by using new oil, gas, and mineral discoveries...Extractives Education Framework
Working PaperThe global politics of social protection
Since the early 2000s international development agencies have actively promoted social protection as a new global public policy...Africa Policy transfer Politics
Working PaperThe politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya
Literature on social protection in Kenya shows progress in implementation of cash transfers but not the social health insurance scheme...Kenya Social protection Cash transfers