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Research Brief
Potential impacts of climate change on national water supply in South Africa

Climate change risks for run-off and irrigation demand vary significantly across South Africa, with some regions expected to experience increased drying and others flooding Smaller impacts on water resources by 2050 are expected if global emissions a...

Climate change Economic development Economic growth
Working Paper
Patterns and trends of group-based inequality in Brazil

In this paper, we analyse the patterns and trends of group-based inequalities in Brazil in the past 30 years...

Brazil Group-based inequality Ethnic diversity
Press release
Trickle-down economics is not a tenable premise for development, leading economists argue in Stockholm Statement

Thirteen of the world's leading development economists* — including four former Chief economists of the World Bank and 10 prominent members of the UNU-WIDER global network — have released the Stockholm Statement, in which they summarize what they...

New Directions in Development Economics
Stockholm Statement – Towards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world

Thirteen economists, which included four former Chief Economists of the World Bank, met over two days at Saltsjobaden, Sweden, on 16-17 September 2016, to discuss the challenges faced by today’s economic policy makers. The meeting was hosted...

New Directions in Development Economics Equality and inequality Sustainable development
Some good news from Mozambique: poverty levels have been reduced

There has been a serious deficit of good news in Mozambique for quite some time...

Equality and inequality Poverty
Working Paper
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
Poverty and wellbeing in Mozambique

The gains have been substantial and have occurred in both rural and urban zones...

Consumption (Economics) Poverty
Achieving gender equality in India: what works, and what doesn’t

Discrimination against women and girls is a pervasive and long-running phenomenon that characterises Indian society at every level...

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
Effective taxation policies to promote equitable growth and development

Taxation is a crucial source of revenue for countries around the world and plays an important role in development efforts...

Economic development Taxation
Policy Brief
Aid for governance: How to support effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions for sustainable development?

Aiding government effectiveness in developing countries has been a priority issue for the international donor community since the 1990s...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Policy Brief
Aid and employment: creating good jobs in Africa

The prevailing narrative about growth and development in Africa has shifted dramatically. During the1980s and 90s pessimism abounded. Today, a more optimistic narrative of development in the region largely reigns. However challenges still remain...

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...

Poverty and wellbeing in Mozambique

The gains have been substantial and have occurred in both rural and urban zones...

Consumption (Economics) Poverty
Tax and development - setting the agenda
1 November 2016
Sustainability room, UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Project Assistant

The institute is looking for a locally-recruited project assistant with an interest in global development and superb organizational skills. Closing date: 5 December 2016, 23:59 UTC+2

Reference number: 2016/UNU/WIDER/PSA/PA/86
Closing date: 5 December 2016
Project workshop
SOUTHMOD – simulating tax and benefit policies for development

This project workshop brings together researchers collaborating within the ‘SOUTHMOD - simulating tax and benefit policies for development’ project to present and discuss their work-in-progress on 10-11 October in Helsinki.

10 October 201611 October 2016
UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Photo: Joe Miserendino
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...

Regional growth and development in Southern Africa

Theme: Transformation

South Africa Regional integration Industrialization
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...

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
Photo: ILRI / Mann
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...

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
Africa's energy futures

Theme: Sustainability

Energy infrastructure Renewable energy Power systems
WIID - World Income Inequality Database

Theme: Inclusion

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
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