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The ins and outs of African industrialization

The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade. Many Asian economies started their industrialization processes from conditions similar to those that African countries are experiencing today. Yet, while Asian economies have grown explosively, growth in Africa has failed to take off. To answer this seemingly simple but perplexing puzzle, the project Learning to Compete (L2C)...

Rethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day

Cranes at harbour. Photo: World Bank
This week I attended the 28th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all? The short answer is Africa needs structural change to grow, to create jobs, and to reduce poverty, and the driving force behind structural change has historically been industry. The East Asian miracle was a manufacturing miracle. But Africa has had limited success in industrializing. Today...

Tax havens - What is the nature of the beast?

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International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough? Tax havens have been in the headlines in recent years: ‘Panama Papers’, ‘Paradise Papers’, ‘Luxemburg Leaks’, and so forth. Tax havens are territories offering low taxation combined with high banking secrecy. This makes it both...

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The ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information

The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...

Industrialization Poverty Jobs
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Rethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day

This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...

Industrialization structural change Industrial policy
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Developing a microsimulation model for Mozambique – from inception to impact

The tax-benefit microsimulation model developed for Mozambique, MOZMOD, has proved to be valuable in analysing the impacts and budget implications of a new policy proposal in Mozambique...

microsimulation SOUTHMOD
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Bust before boom: New gas finds, investments, and their implications in Mozambique November 2018

Large flows of foreign investments have not been translated into a boom for the Mozambican economy. On the contrary, they have foreshadowed a sustained period of deep economic difficulty for the country...

Economic diversification Economic transformation Extractive industries
Research Brief
Extractives and economic diversification in Mozambique: Will local content do the trick? November 2018

Extractives and interlinked industries are expecting a boom in Mozambique. This could be good news for the country’s economy, in theory. But can extractives really work as a driver to diversify the Mozambican economy?...

Natural resource management Extractive industries Economic diversification
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Horizontal inequality: Exploring persistence and change

A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications...

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From PhD Fellow to President: (of Colpensiones, Colombia’s public pension and social security administrator) – Juan Villa

Four years ago, in 2014, Juan Villa spent three months at UNU-WIDER in our PhD Fellowship Programme...

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Tax havens - What is the nature of the beast?

International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough?...

corporate income tax Taxation Law and legislation (Taxation)
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‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century

During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...

Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
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Reflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
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What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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What is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
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13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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Development policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
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Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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New book from Oxford University Press looks at how to make extractive industries sustainable and inclusive
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Originally posted by Oxford Policy Management The extractives sector, and the way it works, continues to change rapidly and its importance to many lower-income economies continues to increase...

Extractive industries Resource curse Policy coordination
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Poverty and inequality – twins or just siblings?

Sitting in the large conference room where we are being invited to ‘Think WIDER’ at the WIDER Development Conference this September...

Poverty and inequality Poverty Inequality
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Comprehensive policy change needed in Myanmar to support structural transformation: Insights from the Myanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017

The Myanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017 shows that there is a need for comprehensive and immediate change in industrial, financial, and educational policies in Myanmar to support structural change and increase economic growth...

Myanmar SMEs Structural transformation
Policy Brief
Employment expectations of university students in Mozambique: Results from a baseline survey September 2018

Before now, there has been no systematic study of the transition of university students as they finish their studies and enter the labour market...

Employment Education Wages
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