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Request for research proposals
Regional growth and development for southern Africa’s prosperity

UNU-WIDER, the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa (NT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) invite proposals from qualified researchers for high quality economic and/or political economy analysis in any of the five focus...

Closing date: 25 May 2018
wider.unu.edu
Journal Article
How polarized is the global income distribution?

The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution...

Polarization Bipolarization Polarization measures
Vacancies
Digital Design Associate and Webmaster GS-6

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the Communications Team in implementing the communications strategy through design, assuring the uptake and impact of the Institute’s work online and...

Reference number: 2018/UNU/WIDER/FTA/DDAW/34
Closing date: 17 May 2018
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Journal Article
The impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania

Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...

fiscal capacity intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
Annual Lecture
WIDER Annual Lecture 21 - How are people poor? Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs

The 2017 WIDER Annual Lecture was delivered on 24 October, as part of UN Day celebrations. More information is available below in the programme for the day.

24 October 2017
Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Photo: Sudipta Arka Das
Policy Brief
Measuring quality of health-care services: What is known and where are the knowledge gaps? Health SDG3 Universal Health Coverage
News
UNU-WIDER Director-Designate named

UNU-WIDER is pleased to announce that, following a highly successful 10 years under the leadership of Professor Finn Tarp, the Institute’s next director has been named. Professor Kunal Sen will join the Institute as Director-Designate on 1...

Blog
Information asymmetries in extractive industries: What can be done?

In the second part of this blog, Alan R. Roe discusses what is known about the informational failures that pose challenges for governments in projecting revenues from extractive industries. Read the first part here ...

Extractive industries Government revenue
Working Paper
A 2015 Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Mozambique

This paper documents a 2015 Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Mozambique...

Social Accounting Matrix national accounts Supply table
News
Sustainable Development Explorer UNU-WIDER expertise part of new UNU Sustainable Development Explorer Sustainable Development Goals United Nations University
Blog
Forecasting revenues from extractive industries: Information asymmetries and other disadvantages of host governments

In the first part of this blog, Alan R. Roe writes about the difficulties governments face in predicting revenues from extractive industries. Read part two here ...

Extractive industries Government revenue
Journal Article
Optimal taxation and public provision for poverty reduction

The existing literature on optimal taxation typically assumes there exists a capacity to implement complex tax schemes, which is not necessarily the case for many developing countries...

Income tax Poverty Public goods
Report
SOUTHMOD country report Ethiopia: ETMOD v1.0

This report documents ETMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ethiopia...

Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Conference
Migration and mobility - new frontiers for research and policy

The WIDER Development Conference on migration and mobility, jointly organized with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), will take place on 5-6 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

5 October 20176 October 2017
ISSER Conference Hall, P.O Box LG 74 Legon-Accra, Botanical Gardens Rd, Accra, Ghana
Past event
Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID
Policy Brief
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries Poverty Poverty measurement Poverty assessment
Journal Article
Discrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam

This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...

Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Journal Special Issue
Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development

This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place, as an introduction to this United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Rese...

Fiscal policy Economic development Taxation
WIDER Seminar Series

The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work touching on structural transformation, inclusion, and...

WIDER Seminar Series
Project
WIID - World Income Inequality Database

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

Policy Brief
Aid is not dead: The latest evidence on the effectiveness of ODA Foreign aid Macroeconomics Tax revenue
News
Rachel Gisselquist gives TEDx talk on rethinking the diversity debate Ethnic diversity Equality and inequality
Working Paper
Stock-and-flow-consistent macroeconomic model for South Africa

We develop a stock-and-flow-consistent model for South Africa with four financial instruments and detailed balance sheets for the household, government, financial, non-financial, and foreign sectors and the Reserve Bank...

Stock and flow Macroeconomics Computable general equilibrium
Policy Brief
Aid, environment and climate change Foreign aid Climate change Environment
Book
Aid Effectiveness for Environmental Sustainability

This collection examines the role that foreign aid can play in dealing with the severe global challenge of climate change, one of the most pressing international development issues of the 21st century...

Foreign aid Climate change Sustainable energy
Blog
A WIDER perspective on migration

While many WIDER Development Conferences emerge from ongoing projects, our latest conference in October — ‘ Migration and mobility: New frontiers for research and policy ’ — offered a different opportunity: to focus attention ...

Migration Refugees
Working Paper
Fiscal policy, state building and economic development

This paper presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place over the past three decades...

tax policy Economic development Developing countries
News
New collaborative programme focusing on economic transformation and inequality launched with South African government and other regional organizations Structural economic transformation Economic inequality Employment and Industry
Project
Extractives for development (E4D)

Natural resource wealth has often turned out to be a ‘curse’ rather than a ‘blessing’ for developing countries. Growth based exclusively on natural resources—such as oil, gas, and minerals—is often of a very...

Wealth Natural resources Management
Report
SOUTHMOD country report Ghana: GHAMOD v1.0

This report documents GHAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ghana. This work was carried out by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the University of Tampere in collaboration with the project partners...

Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Blog
What would it take for Mozambique’s growth to be inclusive?

In late November 2017 more than 100 people gathered in Maputo, Mozambique, to participate in a joint reflection on poverty and inequality in the country...

Poverty and inequality Mozambique
Policy Brief
The political economy of clean energy Energy Development Climate change
Blog
Peer influence and human capital accumulation: Evidence from Delhi University colleges

College is an important milestone in life that is believed to develop several aspects of an individual's human capital, broadly defined to include both cognitive and socio-emotional traits...

Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
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