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Two cheers on growth and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from a 16 country study

While the recovery and acceleration of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since about 1995 has been widely recognized, much less is known about the extent to which this growth has been translated into improvements in welfare for the populati...

Economic growth Poverty
Communications assistant

The Institute is looking for an outstanding individual with skills and expertise in communications for development to support the implementation and formulation of project communication plans under the Institute’s 2014-18 work programme. Closing...

Reference number: 2016/UNU/WIDER/CA Communications Assistant
Closing date: 20 June 2016
Can extractive industries promote development?

I spent the last couple of days at a fascinating workshop at UNU-WIDER on the role of extractive industries in development ...

Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources
Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Includes 16 country case studies which collectively represent nearly three-quarters of the sub-Saharan African population Analyses welfare, living conditions, and poverty reduction Contributions from local and international experts who identify and e...

Economic growth Poverty
The economics and politics of taxation and social protection

This project takes an innovative and integrated approach to the study of taxation and social protection systems in developing countries. Taking a system-wide perspective to these issues allows for the exploration of the combined fiscal effect of tax...

Tax Social protection Political economy
Photo: Penguincakes
African Lions - Nigeria's jobless growth

Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country, has recorded high growth in recent years. Indeed, real GDP growth rate was 6.31 in 2014 (compared to the regional average of 4.35)...

Economic growth Labor market Poverty
African Lions - Unpacking labor trends and growth in Mozambique

Mozambique, over the last two decades, has experienced explosive growth, with an average GDP growth rate of almost 8 percent between 1997-2015...

Economic growth Labor productivity Poverty
Multinational tax avoidance in developing countries

In recent years many global firms—including Starbucks, Google, and Amazon—have come under fire for avoiding paying taxes in one country by shifting their profits to a country with lower tax rates...

International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
Will Norway’s model of Sovereign Wealth Fund work in Tanzania?: A reality check

Several countries in Africa – including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda - have recently discovered large oil and gas or other mineral resources...

Fiscal policy Mineral industries Monetary policy
Five lessons from Martin Ravallion’s WIDER Annual Lecture: Direct interventions against poverty in poor places

On 23 March researchers, policy makers, and politicians gathered at the Stockholm School of Economics (or joined online via the webcast ) to hear Professor Martin Ravallion deliver WIDER Annual Lecture 20 and discuss its implications...

Equality and inequality Poverty Social security
Aid and gender – making foreign aid count

International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016 is a time to celebrate. It is also a time for reflection...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Equality and inequality Women
Call for Papers: Measuring quality-of-care in the context of sustainable development goal 3

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on quality of-care in the era of SDGs. This theme issue will include original research articles on quality-of-care in low- and middle-income countries. The selection of this...

Health SDG Universal Health Coverage
Managing natural resource wealth

Theme: Transformation

Wealth Natural resources Management
DUCC - development under climate change

Climate change is likely to remain a serious issue for decades to come if not indefinitely. One of the key tasks for assisting policy makers in developing countries address the uncertainties of climate change is translating scientific and...

Climate change Development Climate uncertainty
An aerial view shot from over the Indian Ocean of the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. © UN Photo/Stuart Price
Professors Miguel Urquiola and Haroon Bhorat join the WIDER Board

Professors Miguel Urquiola and Haroon Bhorat have joined the WIDER Board as new members to serve a four-year term until 31 December 2019.

Photo: UNU-WIDER / Johan Jeppsson WIDER Annual Lecture 20 by Martin Ravallion Poverty Inequality Social protection
Journal Article
Does foreign aid harm political institutions?

The notion that foreign aid harms the institutions of recipient governments remains prevalent. We combine new disaggregated aid data and various metrics of political institutions to re-examine this relationship...

Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working Paper
Reforming the global monetary non-system

This paper proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the global monetary non-system that evolved out of the breakdown of the original Bretton Woods arrangement in the early 1970s...

Balance of payments Economic integration
Made in Africa: Some new thinking for Africa Industrialization Day

This Friday, November 20 marks yet another “Africa Industrialization Day” by the United Nations. There have now been 25 such events, and they seem to have come and gone with relatively little notice...

Working Paper
Demographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa

This paper looks to uncover the growth traps and opportunities for the South African economy, with a focus on underlying labour market dynamics. We explore the potential of South Africa’s demographic dividend...

Aeronautics, Commercial Economic growth Labor demand
Working Paper
Tax-benefit microsimulation modelling in Tanzania: A feasibility study

This paper presents the findings from a feasibility study on the potential for developing a static tax-benefit microsimulation model for Tanzania...

Income tax Taxation
Working Paper
Role of economists in policy-making

This paper reviews the many areas in which economists play an important role in policy-making, including the quantification of objectives set by political processes, formulation of macroeconomic policy where economists have a dominating role, and als...

Economists Macroeconomics
WIID – World Income Inequality Database

WIID , the World Income Inequality Database, collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. The WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be...

Working Paper
Estimating the level and distribution of global wealth, 2000–14

Davies et al. (2008, 2011) provided the first estimates of the global distribution of wealth, using 2000 as the benchmark year...

Econometrics Income distribution
Working Paper
Climate change and developing country interests: Cases from the Zambezi River Basin

We consider the interplay of climate change impacts, global mitigation policies, and the interests of developing countries to 2050...

Journal Special Issue
Prospects for Renewable Energy in Africa

This special section contains a series of five articles focused on energy and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. It is well known that energy demand in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing rapidly and that many countries struggle to meet demand...

Climatic changes Renewable energy sources
Climate Change – The last 30 years and the next 30

With COP21 currently taking place in Paris, the thoughts of UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Channing Arndt on the past and future of the climate change research and policy are particularly relevant. Our climate is changing - but how much?...

Climatic changes Renewable energy sources
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