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SeminarInequality - Trends worldwide and in India
UNU-WIDER and ICRIER organize an afternoon seminar on ‘Inequality - Trends Worldwide and in India’ in Delhi, 22 January 2016. Register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BlogDiversity debit vs. diversity dividend: Challenging the conventional wisdom
It is widely accepted in recent work in economics and political science that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on the provision of public goods such as health and education...Education Health Public goods
BlogThree types of interventions that can improve the quality of education in developing countries
In a recent article in the International Journal of Educational Development we present the results of a systematic review conducted to identify policy interventions that improve education quality and student learning in developing countries...Economic development Education
Journal ArticleDoes 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
Development financeReCom - Research and communication on foreign aid
Foreign aid is a complex and multi-faceted issue, involving many countries, institutions, and people—researchers, aid officials, policy makers, NGOs and civil society. To better understand and improve its effectiveness requires a multi-...Foreign aid Official development assistance (ODA) Development finance
Working PaperReforming 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
Working PaperDemographic, 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 PaperTax-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 PaperRole 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
Request for research proposalsGroup-based inequalities: patterns and trends within and across countries
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Call for papersWIDER Development Conference – Human capital and growth
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Request for research proposalsMicro, small, and medium enterprises in Vietnam
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Climate changeDUCC – 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
Working PaperClimate 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 IssueProspects 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
BlogClimate 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
InclusionWIID - 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...
Research BriefAid and Economic Growth: The Case of Sierra Leone
Phillip Michael Kargbo's UNU-WIDER working paper, 'Impact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth in Sierra Leone: Empirical Analysis' examines the impact of foreign aid on growth in Sierra Leone using a variety of econometric approaches...Econometric models (Macroeconomics) Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
Research BriefHow to Spend It?
A donor dilemma: aid effectiveness in fragile states. Donors are often faced with the dilemma that those countries most in need of aid are often those least likely to spend it effectively...Economic assistance and foreign aid Expenditures, Public Public welfare
Research BriefTaxation, Public Expenditure and Aid Effectiveness
In a recent UNU-WIDER working paper 'Fiscal composition and aid effectiveness: A political-economy model' Paul Mosley examines the claim that aid would have, in the long term, a negative impact on productivity and stability of expenditure in ...Econometric models Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy
Journal ArticleAid and Government Fiscal Behavior: Assessing Recent Evidence
This paper reviews evidence published in the last 10 years that has added to our understanding of the effects of aid on government spending and tax effort in recipient countries, with a discussion of when (general) budget support is a fiscally effici...Economic assistance and foreign aid Fiscal policy Government spending policy