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Staffan Lindberg’s keynote address is a wake-up call

In introducing Staffan Lindberg’s keynote at the WIDER Development Conference, UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow and political scientist Rachel Gisselquist says that the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to new restrictions on rights and freedoms at a time when experts have been warning about the decline of democracy for over a decade. Dr. Lindberg is one such expert, a democracy scholar, professor of political science, and the director of the V-Dem Institute at the Department of...

Wasted talent – How COVID-19’s effect on the poor could make all of society poorer

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The opening keynote of the recent WIDER Development Conference, COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South, was given by Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, an accomplished economist with several awards under her belt, including the recent EEA Arrow Award. Her research passion is to understand the allocation of talent in the labour market. How relationships and incentives shape choices, and how...

Global inequality may be falling, but the gap between haves and have-nots is growing

In one of the most unequal countries in the world, South Africa, the poorest 40% have annual incomes of less than US$1,000 (£727) per person. The comparable incomes for the richest 10% are more than US$39,000 per person – nearly 40 times higher than those of the bottom 40%. Those numbers, which are based on data from 2017, are actually something of an improvement on 2008, when the multiple was 50 times. But the gap in income between these groups grew by more than US$10,000 per...

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The role of tax and benefit policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador January 2021

What was the impact on earnings of the economic crisis caused by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador? To what extent did social assistance programmes compensate household income losses?...

COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
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Headline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?

States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19 Capable states State capacity
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The world needs a people’s vaccine

The world needs a people’s vaccine for COVID-19 — one provided universally, and accessible to the entire world population. A patent-protected vaccine could ultimately exclude many people from being vaccinated and protected...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine
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Decent work and COVID-19 – it’s time for a just deal for all workers

Seven months into the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, we already see significant effects on employment and earnings worldwide...

Decent Work Informality COVID-19
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Graduating in the shadow of the pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on the transition of young Mozambicans from school to work

Since appearing in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into an unprecedented health and socioeconomic crisis...

School-to-Work Labour market Education
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Do we have the right balance?: Aggregate population health and COVID-19
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The world has been shaken by unprecedented efforts in the name of public health. But, efforts to arrest COVID-19 were not initially formulated with a comprehensive view of the public health in mind ...

COVID-19 Global health Population health
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Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality

Before coronavirus, inequality was already increasing in many parts of the developing world . But the pandemic is going to greatly heighten existing economic and social inequalities...

COVID-19 Inequality Decent Work
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Beyond lockdown: rebuilding the social contract

Continued lockdown measures are straining the social contract between citizens and governments...

Social unrest Lockdown Sub-Saharan Africa
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The labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women

With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020, 1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the wors...

COVID-19 Gender inequality Labour force participation
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The debate around intellectual property rights and the COVID-19 vaccine
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The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is by vaccinating against infection. But once the vaccine is developed, how can it be distributed across the world’s population?...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine Intellectual property rights
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Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...

COVID-19 Economics Shocks
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Poverty and the pandemic in the Pacific
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COVID-19 has had a far greater economic impact than health impact on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific...

COVID-19 Pandemic Global poverty
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The end of poverty postponed?: Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter...

COVID-19 Global poverty Poverty and consumption
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Temporary shock or lasting poverty trap?: COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations are likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependents . Already disadvantaged groups will suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects...

COVID-19 Poverty traps
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Artificial intelligence vs. COVID-19 in developing countries: Priorities and trade-offs
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The rush to harness Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the fight against the pandemic may be an opportunity for developing countries to accelerate the digitalization of their economies...

COVID-19 Artificial intelligence Public health
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An unprecedented threat requires unprecedented leadership: What is needed from global powers

COVID-19 is the greatest global threat the world has faced since the Second World War...

COVID-19 Leadership charasteristics Global cooperation
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