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The impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania

Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs) There is already a well-established body of literature in public finance, which argues that intergovernmental grants ‘crowd out’ local revenue...

Finance, Public
Working Paper
Formalizing safety nets and the requirements to obtain them: An increased role for identity documents in the Global South

Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country...

Pensions Transfer payments
Africa's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa’s future Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast-growing and/or economically dominant African countries...

Tax and development - setting the agenda
1 November 2016 09:0011:45
Sustainability room, UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki, Finland
Open for registration
Associate Communications Officer (P-2)

The institute is looking for an outstanding individual with a strong interest in global development, who is committed to working closely with researchers to communicate results, and to manage a team of communication specialists. Closing date: 24...

Reference number: 2016/UNU/WIDER/FTA/ACO/79
Closing date: 24 November 2016
Working Paper
Growth and structural transformation in Viet Nam during the 2000s

We study structural transformation and change in the Vietnamese economy using two Social Accounting Matrices (SAMs), one for the year 2000 and a recently compiled SAM for the year 2012...

Project workshop
Photo: Joe Miserendino SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development
10 October 201611 October 2016
UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Breaking down research silos

I had the pleasure of attending UNU-WIDER’s ‘ Responding to crises ’ conference last week. The theme was highly topical and session topics far-reaching, which makes the task of teasing out core ideas difficult...

Equality and inequality Poverty
Understanding the African lions - growth traps and opportunities in six dominant African economies

This project aims to define some of the key constraints facing African economies as they attempt to maintain a long-run economic growth and development trajectory. The work will provide the analytical basis for policy recommendations and value-added...

Africa Labour market Growth
Working Paper
Ethnic fragmentation, public good provision, and inequality in India, 1988-2012

Using data from various rounds of the nationally representative NSSO survey between 1988 and 2012, we first construct national, state, and district-level figures for overall, within and between consumption inequality...

Education Equality and inequality Health care
Press release - UNU-WIDER conference aims to improve global responses to crises

Experts available for press interviews on core crisis response issues Helsinki, Finland — Experts from around the world will gather this week at the ‘Responding to crises’ conference in Helsinki. The main goal of the event is to...

Working Paper
Human capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa

This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human-capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid...

Equality and inequality Human capital Voting
Press release - Global income inequality has declined in relative terms, but gone up substantially in absolute amounts

Helsinki, Finland – Researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) have found that during the last four decades global income inequality decreased substantially in ‘relative...

Regional growth and development in Southern Africa

Economies in the Southern Africa region face thorny challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies and the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. This project aims to develop, in conjunction with...

South Africa Regional integration Industrialization
How should the international community respond to migration and refugees?

In our previous blog , we looked at some of the key facts about international migration and identified a few areas that, from an economist’s perspective, need attention...

Emigration and immigration Refugees
An economist’s view on migration and refugees

Few issues have been so contentious in recent years as international migration. The refugee crisis sparked not least by the Syrian war has shown that policies governing migration are in a tangle...

Emigration and immigration Refugees
Working Paper
Taxation and inequality in developing countries: Lessons from the recent experience of Latin America

This paper aims to advance understanding about the relationship between taxation and inequality in developing countries, focusing on the recent experience of Latin America...

Economic policy Equality and inequality Income distribution
Responding to crises: What can we do? What’s next?

Although sometimes over used, the word 'crisis' accurately describes many challenges of today's world, such as climage change, war and refugees, economic volatility, pandemics, and the continuing unmet needs of the poor, hungry, and negle...

Climate change Development Foreign aid
Inclusive growth in Mozambique - scaling-up research and capacity

The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population. This will be pursued through a focused research and capacity-building effort, meant to increase...

Mozambique Employment generation Industrial policy
Working Paper
Resilience to crisis through social protection: Can we build the case?

This paper investigates the linkage between social protection and economic resilience. Does social protection have an impact on income?...

What do we know about growth and poverty in Africa?

The literature on Africa’s development abounds in big theories — structural transformation, pro-poor growth, inclusive growth, among others...

Economic growth Poverty
Working Paper
On the spread of social protection systems

This paper undertakes an empirical analysis of the adoption of various components of social security systems as well as contribution rates...

Panel analysis Social security Taxation
Capital flight from developing countries – what is it, how is it measured, and what have we learned?

Many worry that developing countries lose a substantial amount of money via capital flight, that is, outflows of cash and securities — part of which can also be illegal...

Capital Tax evasion Taxation
Africa's energy futures

As one of the most likely regions of the world to suffer first and most from climate change, Africa has considerable long run incentives to see effective global mitigation policies enacted. However, concerns are frequently and legitimately voiced...

Energy infrastructure Renewable energy Power systems
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries

Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades...

Extractives, climate change, and development

To read this blog, on a computer screen or mobile phone (or even paper!), a manufacturing process ­used plastics derived from oil, and metals mined from ores...

WIID - World Income Inequality Database

Theme: Inclusion

Working Paper
Capital flight and development: An overview of concepts, methods, and data sources

This paper offers a critical review of the methods used to estimate the extent of capital flight and illicit financial flows from developing countries...

Capital Taxation
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