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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. Over the years, the institute has influenced the discourse, contributed to better policy making, and through its partnerships with national governments, international organizations, and the United Nations, worked on solutions to pressing global problems such as famine, poverty, underdevelopment, economic instability, environmental decline, indebtedness, inequality, conflict, state fragility, and the...

Book review of Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development

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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
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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....

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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
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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...

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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
Policy Brief
Aid effectiveness: Growth and beyond October 2019

The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...

Aid effectiveness aid and growth Development aid
Policy Brief
Horizontal inequality: Global trends and data challenges October 2019

Inequality—both vertical (between individuals and households) and horizontal (between groups)—is a core concern in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

Group-based inequality Horizontal inequality Ethnic group
Policy Brief
Can legal empowerment help to address ethnic exclusion? October 2019

‘Legal empowerment’ is defined as a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded become able to use the law to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors...

Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
Research Brief
Firms with high-growth episodes in South Africa: Are they persistently high-growth firms? October 2019

The analysis of firm growth has been a topic of consistent economic interest as a growing body of literature has lent support to the possibility that the majority of growth and new employment creation is the result of a small sub-sector of high-growt...

Firm growth High-growth firms Regression analysis
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Highlights from the 2019 WIDER Development Conference

The World Bank recently estimated that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation...

Jobs sdg8 Economic transformation
Research Brief
Dancing with dragons: Can South African firms compete with Chinese imports?

China’s growing edge in export manufacturing has caused concern for low-income and middle-income countries seeking to develop robust manufacturing sectors...

Capabilities Import competition Import
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How (not) to build state capability

Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

SDGs SDG16 Building State Capabilities
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Industrial policy in the 21st century: The challenge for Africa

Why is there so little industry in Africa? Does it matter? What can be done about it?...

Research Brief
Racial inequality and demographic change in South Africa: Impacts on economic development September 2019

Over the past 20 years, researchers have been looking at the economic lifecycle of individuals around the world using National Transfer Accounts (NTA) data...

demographic dividend economic lifecycle Intergenerational Mobility
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Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development September 2019

In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of world population and over half of world income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributable to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and driven by imperialism...

Gunnar Myrdal Economic transformation Structural transformation
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Mozambique case study shows that poverty is about much more than income

What does it mean to be poor? On the face of it, this may not sound like a very difficult question. In developed countries, almost all official and everyday definitions refer to poverty in income terms...

Poverty Quantitative research anthropology
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