New open access book - Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Two cheers for growth and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa, but not three. Download new open access OUP book now!
Watch WIDER Annual Lecture 20
WIDER Annual Lecture by Martin Ravallion on direct interventions against poverty in poor places is available to watch now.
Human capital and growth
This WIDER Development Conference on the interactions of human capital accumulation and growth, both at micro and macro levels will be held on 6-7 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
Development research and changing priorities
Read Amartya Sen's newly published Annual Lecture in which he discusses the new challenges to development.
Does foreign aid harm political institutions?
Open access article by Sam Jones and Finn Tarp in Journal of Development Economics
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Policy BriefTwo 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
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...
BlogCan 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
BookGrowth 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
ProjectThe 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
BlogAfrican 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
BlogAfrican 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
BlogMultinational 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
BlogWill 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
BlogFive 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
BlogAid 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
NewsCall 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
ProjectDUCC - 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
NewsProfessors 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.
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
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
BlogMade 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 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
ProjectWIID – 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 PaperEstimating 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 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