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Book review of Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development

Deepak Nayyar — economist, thinker, leading scholar — has written yet another splendid book. Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development, together with the excellent Asian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations (2019), recently edited by Nayyar, and an earlier path-breaking book, Catch Up: Developing Countries in the World Economy (2013), form a trilogy of scholarly work on Asia. The significance of Resurgent Asia lies in its timing, coming as it does fifty...

A summer of learning

by Khadijat Amolegbe
As an applied economist working as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria, opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with peers can be few and far between. Researchers in the Global South, like myself, are often quite isolated with limited opportunities to engage with researchers at the top of our field. Our institutes are commonly under-resourced and often lack access to the latest analysis tools and methodologies to allow us to carry out high-quality research on the issues in our countries....

How (not) to build state capability

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Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such states can raise the necessary resources for spending on the crucial government programmes that matter for the achievement of the SDGs, as well as implement these programmes efficiently. This is why the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions is itself an important element of the 2030 Agenda, as reflected in SDG 16. However, building state capability in...

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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...

A summer of learning: Takeaways from the first UNU-WIDER Summer School

As an applied economist working as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria, opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with peers can be few and far between...

Labour market Household data Economic policy
Policy Brief
Unequal growth in Mozambique and the region December 2019

There is an increasing interest in the analysis of economic inequalities in least developed countries...

Poverty Growth Unequal growth
Research Brief
Education reform: Poverty and inequality in Ghana November 2019

Ghana has recently implemented a policy to support public secondary education. A microsimulation analysis helps reveal the impacts of the reform on poverty and inequality and identifies options to finance it without burdening poor households...

Education School reform microsimulation
The case for universal social insurance in Latin America

Access to effective social insurance in Latin America is typically determined by workers’ status in the labor market – whether they have formal or informal jobs...

Social assistance Social protection social health insurance
Social mobility in developing countries: Research and policy gaps

Are the chances of a child growing up in China reaching higher income or occupational levels than their parents any higher than those of a child in India?...

Research Brief
Revenue losses from tax-motivated mispricing in South Africa November 2019

New research provides the first direct evidence of tax-motivated transfer mispricing in a developing country...

Tax International taxation Profit shifting
Randomized control trials – why they deserve the Nobel and what should happen next

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach — randomized control trials (RCTs) — to alleviating global poverty...

Development Economics Nobel Prize
Reflections on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics

The award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, has led to a flurry of blogs and op-ed pieces ...

Nobel Prize Development Economics Structural transformation
How multinationals continue to avoid paying hundreds of billions of dollars in tax: New research

Tax havens have become a defining feature of the global financial system. Multinational companies can use various schemes to avoid paying taxes in countries where they make vast revenues...

corporate income tax Taxation Profit shifting
Nobel prize in economics – experiments are no substitute for diagnosis

Sitting in front of a class of 20 young students at a private technical-vocational college on the edge of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, I cannot help but reflect on the fervent social media debates regarding the Royal Swedish Academy of Sci...

Indonesia's huge fires and toxic haze will cause health problems for years to come

Indonesia is currently in the throes of an environmental emergency. Thousands of hectares of forest are burning across the vast country, causing toxic smoke to be released into the atmosphere...

Maternal and child health Health outcomes Environment and climate
How Asia transformed from the poorest continent in the world into a global economic powerhouse

In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of the world’s population and more than one-half of global income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributed to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and driven by imperialism...

Policy Brief
Annual Lecture Brief - Informality: The Achilles Heel of Social Protection in Latin America: Making a case for universal social protection in Latin America October 2019

The 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture discusses the challenges of social protection in economies with large informal sectors, such as in Latin America...

Research Brief
The impact of tax havens on South African revenue October 2019

The study uses a comparative analysis of foreign-owned firms operating in South Africa to show that firms with a parent registered in a tax haven tend to report 80% less in profits than similar firms without a parent in a tax haven...

Tax International taxation Profit shifting
Policy Brief
Social protection, government revenue and microsimulation in developing countries October 2019

Social protection has attracted increasing interest in developing countries in recent decades and policies have been initiated in all developing regions...

SOUTHMOD Microsimulation modelling Tax-benefit microsimulation
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