WIDER Annual Lecture

The WIDER Annual Lecture is one of UNU-WIDER’s flagship events. The first lecture was given by Douglas C. North in 1997. Since then the lecture has been delivered by a prestigious line of scholars and political actors, 4 of whom are Nobel Laureates.

The lecture is open to the public and is usually delivered by an eminent scholar or policy maker who has made a significant contribution in the field of development economics. The key findings and policy recommendations from the lecture are also summarized in a publication and shared with policy-makers and practitioners in the developing world, across the UN, and in the international community more broadly.

Below you will find details and materials from the previous 26 WIDER Annual Lectures.

AL27 | Pinelopi Goldberg

Pinelopi-GoldbergGlobalization in crisis – confronting a new economic reality

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AL26 | Daron Acemoğlu

In the name of progress

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AL25 | Bina Agarwal

Bina AgarwalWomen’s struggle for land in South Asia: Can legal reforms trump social norms?

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AL 24 | Mark Malloch-Brown

UN at 75: slow death or a new directionLord Mark Malloch-Brow Photo: Mark Malloch-Brow

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AL23 | Santiago Levy

Santiago Levy AL23Informality – addressing the achilles heel of social protection in Latin America

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AL22 | Ernest Aryeetey

AL22The political economy of structural transformation – has democracy failed African economies?

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AL21 | Sabine Alkire

AL21How are people poor? – Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs

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AL20 | Martin Ravallion

AL20Direct interventions against poverty in poor places

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AL19 | Amartya Sen

AL19Three Decades of Change in Development

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AL18 | C. Peter Timmer

Managing Structural Transformation Post-2015

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AL17 | Martti Ahtisaari

AL17Egalitarian principles - the foundation for sustainable peace

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AL 16 | Lant Pritchett

AL16The folk and the formula– pathways to capable states

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AL15 | Justin Lin

AL15New Structural Economics - From Flying Geese to Leading Dragons: New Opportunities and Strategies for Structural Transformation in Developing Countries

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AL14 | José Antonio Ocampo

AL14Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Architecture

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AL13 | Ronald Findlay

AL13The Trade-Development Nexus in Theory and History

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AL12 | Deepak Nayyar

Deepak Nayyar AL12Developing Countries in the World Economy

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AL11 | Kemal Derviş

Kermal Dervis AL11The climate change challenge

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AL10 | Angus Deaton

Angus Deaton AL10Global patterns of income and health

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AL9 | Nancy Birdsall

Nancy BirdsallThe world is not flat - inequality and injustice in our global economy

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AL8 | Dani Rodrik

Rethinking growth strategies

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AL7 | Kaushik Basu

Global labor standards and local freedoms

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AL6 | Jeffrey Williamson

Winners and losers in two centuries of globalization

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AL5 | Frances Stewart

Horizontal inequality - a neglected dimension of development

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AL4 | Jagdish Bhagwati

BHAGWATI AL4Globalization and appropriate governance

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AL3 | Anthony Barnes Atkinson

Anthony Barnes AtkinsonIs rising income inequality inevitable? A critique of the transatlantic consensus

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AL2 | Joseph E. Stiglitz

Stiglitz AL2More instruments and broader goals - moving toward the post-Washington consensus

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AL1 | Douglass C. North

North AL1The new institutional economics and its contribution to improving our understanding of the transition problem

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