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To die from hunger or the virus

by Marty Chen
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On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks. All buses, trains and domestic air flights were suspended. But the authorities had not planned for, much less prepared for, how to handle an abrupt lockdown in such a vast, complex and unequal country. Panic and chaos ensued. Across the country, the affluent...

When COVID-19 comes to Africa

There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected. But African governments, in cooperation with communities and international actors, can take steps now to limit the damage – and lay the foundations for a healthier, more resilient future. ADDIS ABABA – The COVID-19 coronavirus – which has now spread to more than 100 countries – has pushed the world into “uncharted...

The quantity and quality of women’s work

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Over the past three decades, there has been notable progress on certain key dimensions of gender equality. Almost universally the gender gap in education has been narrowed and commitments to secure equal access to employment have advanced. However, the rate of progress towards gender equality in employment has varied extensively both within and between regions, with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asia lagging the furthest behind.  This factsheet considers trends in...

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To die from hunger or the virus: An all too real dilemma for the poor in India (and elsewhere)
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On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks...

informal work Informality COVID-19
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7555 km and beyond: Working together to achieve the SDGs

'It was great to have enough time to discuss each paper. I received useful and frank feedback. The topics are relevant for everyone...

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Eight lessons on small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam March 2020

The structural changes of the economy have been a significant contributor to Vietnam’s impressive growth over the past 30 years...

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Welfare works: redistribution is the way to create less violent, less unequal societies

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought ' in from the cold '...

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Why is inequality in South Africa higher than in Germany?: Explaining income distributions with ‘decompositions’

The understanding of inequality requires the analysis of changes in income distributions across countries and over time as well as the identification of its drivers...

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When COVID-19 comes to Africa

There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected...

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Solving the PhD puzzle: My experience as a visiting PhD Fellow
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I am now in my fourth year as a PhD student in development studies at SOAS, University of London, working on my thesis, ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Private Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: A Comparison of Light Manufacturing Industry...

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Meet the women behind the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development programme

Globally, women are under-represented in the field of economics. Only a third of all academic research staff in the field of economics in Europe are women. In the US the share is even lower ...

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Miner’s son turned mining researcher

Tony Addison is the first in his family not to become a miner. He has decades of experience in development economics and economic reform in developing countries. It was a rainy day in London at the turn of the 1980s...

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Growth and employment in Asia: A complex relationship March 2020

One common characteristic of the fast-growing countries with good labour market outcomes — Korea, China, Vietnam — was their initially equal household income level, which was the result of renewed distribution of income...

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The quantity and quality of women’s work March 2020

Over the past three decades, there has been notable progress on certain key dimensions of gender equality. Almost universally the gender gap in education has been narrowed and commitments to secure equal access to employment have advanced...

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From small beginnings, big impact

2020 marks the 35th year of UNU-WIDER’s impact in the sphere of development economics...

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How a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality

In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...

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Informing policy for a brighter future in Cameroon: Rose’s Summer School experience
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In developing countries in general, and Cameroon in particular, young people struggle to get the quality of education needed for upward social mobility...

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Building skills to influence policy at home and abroad: Learning and growing with UNU-WIDER
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UNU-WIDER has featured prominently in my research career to date...

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Book review of Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development: Completing a trilogy on Asia’s transformation

Deepak Nayyar — economist, thinker, leading scholar — has written yet another splendid book...

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