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In memory of Martin Ravallion

by Finn Tarp, Tony Addison, Kunal Sen
Martin Ravallion
(19 March 1952 – 24 December 2022) It is with the greatest sadness and a deep sense of grief and shock that we received the news of the passing of Professor Martin Ravallion at the age of 70. He was to us a long-time friend and colleague, and a much-valued contributor to our research and conferences at UNU-WIDER. His first paper with the Institute was published in 1987, and since the 2000s, he was regularly engaged in our research projects and events. During his impressive career,...

Climate resilience and sustainable sovereign debt

by Leora Klapper
2022 is already a record-breaker in the number of climate change-related events, and developing countries must now pay for the repairs and remediation needed to combat the consequences. Although the international community pledged support at the UN Climate Conference (COP27), the costs of shoring up economies for the reality of a changing climate also fall on developing countries themselves and require supportive fiscal policies. One key element underpinning those policies is sustainable...

Pay inequality is high in South Africa

by Ihsaan Bassier
South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. This income inequality is mostly due to high unemployment and large differences in wages. In South Africa today, economists and policymakers typically focus on worker characteristics such as education to address wage inequality. Elsewhere, however, attention has recently returned to the power that bosses have to set the wages of workers. In my study, I document that employer wage-setting explains over a third of...

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Pay inequality is high in South Africa: Bosses are part of the problem
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South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world . This income inequality is mostly due to high unemployment and large differences in wages...

Wage inequality Firm behaviour
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Ampliando a protecção social em Moçambique: Simulando diferentes cenários para atualização e expansão do PSSB

O Programa Subsídio Social Básico (PSSB) é um programa de transferência de renda mensal, não condicional, por tempo indeterminado, com o objectivo de reforçar o bem-estar da população pobre e vul...

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Social mobility among disadvantaged groups in India

In recent decades, India has experienced rapid economic growth alongside radical affirmative action programs enacted since independence. This column explores what we know about the impact on social mobility...

Social mobility India Equality
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In memory of Martin Ravallion: A global leader in development economics

(19 March 1952 – 24 December 2022) It is with the greatest sadness and a deep sense of grief and shock that we received the news of the passing of Professor Martin Ravallion at the age of 70...

Poverty and inequality
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Assessing the health of the private sector in Mozambique: Key findings from the IGM Annual Conference 2022

Since 2016, the private sector in Mozambique has faced several external shocks, including terrorism in Cabo Delgado, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Ukrainian conflict and its impact on commodity prices and inflation...

Conference Agribusiness
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Secure research data lab in Uganda: A game changer for efficient and fair taxation

In May 2022, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER collaboratively launched a secure research data laboratory facility in Kampala, Uganda...

Tax administration data Evidence policy analysis
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New global estimates on profits in tax havens suggest the tax loss continues to rise

The world has been trying to curb profit shifting to tax havens for a decade, but consistent time series evaluating the impact of these reforms have been largely absent...

Profit shifting Illicit financial flows Domestic revenue mobilization
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What is next for development effectiveness in a post-aid world?
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Improving the effectiveness of global development spending may seem like a fool's errand given the state of the world today...

development cooperation Aid International cooperation
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Climate resilience and sustainable sovereign debt

2022 is already a record-breaker in the number of climate change-related events , and developing countries must now pay for the repairs and remediation needed to combat the consequences...

Debt sustainability Fiscal sustainability Sustainability
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New country on the SOUTHMOD map: Meet our tax-benefit microsimulation team in Rwanda!

How can Global South countries improve their tax and social protection systems? One way is to take advantage of tools that help assess the impact of different policies...

Tax-benefit microsimulation Tax-benefit policy Social protection
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Not too long and not too short: Introducing the new UNU-WIDER and Cambridge University Press series in Development Economics

Simon Kuznets’ pipe dream was to have economic inequality data that rarely existed when he was writing. What are the pipe dreams of today’s development economists?...

Social mobility COVID-19 Academic excellence
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Teamwork and capacity strengthening to promote development: The case of Mozambique

Designing and implementing public policies requires caution to guarantee the best use of scarce resources, especially in middle- and lower-income countries...

Social protection Tax-benefit microsimulation Tax-benefit policy
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Development effectiveness in fragile contexts: Evidence from an international research conference December 2022

This policy brief draws on the studies presented at the International Research Conference on the Effectiveness of Development Cooperation on 17–18 November 2022, in Brussels, Belgium, jointly organized by UNU-WIDER and the European Commission (...

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Building evidence around the effectiveness principles: Findings from an international research conference December 2022

This policy brief draws on the studies presented at the International Research Conference on the Effectiveness of Development Cooperation on 17–18 November 2022, in Brussels, Belgium and jointly organized by UNU-WIDER and the European Commissio...

Aid effectiveness Aid policy
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Global tax reforms, net-zero, and domestic revenue: Food for thought from the DRM programme

Domestic revenue mobilization (DRM) and taxation have gained prominence lately on the global agenda, most recently with the resolution for the United Nations (UN) to lead the global discourse on tax rules ...

Domestic revenue mobilization Net Zero Illicit financial flows
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Empirical research is crucial for better tax enforcement in the developing world
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I had the privilege to participate in the UNU-WIDER Winter School as one of the lecturers. In this blog, I explain my main takeaways for students and why I found this capacity development initiative important and urgent...

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