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Professor Kunal Sen has over three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research. He is the author of eight books and the editor of five volumes on the economics and political economy of development. Since 2019 he has...

Professor Patricia Justino is a development economist who works at the interface between Development Economics and Political Science. She is a leading expert on political violence and development, and the co-founder and co-director of the Households...

Rachel M. Gisselquist, a political scientist, is a Senior Research Fellow with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and a member of the institute’s senior management team. She works on the...

Kwabena Adu-Ababio is a research assistant at UNU-WIDER, also pursuing a PhD at the University of Helsinki. His work at UNU-WIDER focuses on tax-benefit microsimulation models as well as Tax administration and organisation. His research interests...

Hanna Berkel is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER based in Mozambique and working on the Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity -programme. She is a development economist with a multidisciplinary background in microeconomic...

Michael Danquah

Michael Danquah is a development economist and Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. He currently co-leads the projects Transforming informal work and livelihoods, Sub-national institutional performance across Ghana’s districts and regions – variation and...

Amina Ebrahim

Amina Ebrahim is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. She is the focal point for the Domestic Revenue Mobilisation programme. She previously worked on UNU-WIDER’s Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) in Pretoria, South Africa...

Kalle Hirvonen is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, seconded from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Through his research, Kalle seeks to understand how to sustainably improve nutrition and food security outcomes in low-income...

Sam Jones is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER based in Mozambique, on extended leave from his position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen. He is a versatile economist with expertise in macroeconomic...

Maria Jouste

Maria Jouste is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER, where she works on topics related to taxation and tax-benefit microsimulation models in Domestic Revenue Mobilization programme. She holds a PhD in Economics from University of Turku. Her research...

Michael Kilumelume is a Data Developer for the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme. His role entails making micro-level South African administrative data useable for policy-relevant research at the National...

Richard Kima is a UNU-WIDER Research Fellow. He is currently working on the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme in Pretoria, South Africa. He is primarily involved in research and capacity development...

Anustup Kundu

Anustup Kundu an Associated Researcher at the UNU-WIDER. His research interests are centered at the intersection of Behavioral and Development Economics. Currently, he is engaged in ongoing research projects spanning topics such as Commitment in...

Rahul Lahoti is a development economist with research interests at the cross section of gender, poverty measurement, inequality, social stratification and labour markets. He has worked previously as a Post-doctoral research fellow at ETH, Zurich and...

Jesse Lastunen is a research associate at UNU-WIDER, specialising in tax-benefit microsimulation modelling. His research interests include labour and public economics, with a focus on social policies, taxation and employment. Currently, Jesse...

Rute Martins Caeiro, a development economist, is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER. Her research aims to identify economic mechanisms with the potential to inform policy design, particularly in the context of rural development. The core of her work...

Omar Shahabudin McDoom is a comparative political scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests lie in peace and security. He specializes in the study...

Bruce McDougall is a data developer at UNU-WIDER, where he helps facilitate the National Treasury's secure data facility. The research made possible by the lab is used by a variety of organizations to help improve policy via data-driven decision...

Enrico Nichelatti is a research assistant at UNU-WIDER. His work focuses on tax benefit microsimulation models. He is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki in the faculty of Social Sciences and focuses on taxation and social protection in the...

Aimable Nsabimana is a Development Economist and a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. Currently he works on the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme, under which he provides technical support to the Steering Group...

Rodrigo is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER, and his research interests are Development Economics, Economics of Education, and Labor Economics. His leading research focuses on the impact of education on a wide range of outcomes and uses different...

Marlies Piek is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER. She works on the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme and is based in Pretoria, South Africa. Her interests include labour economics, poverty and inequality...

Christopher Wayne Pillay is a Data Scientist at UNU-WIDER and is currently working on the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme in Pretoria, South Africa. He previously worked for UNU-WIDER as a Data Consultant...

Pia Rattenhuber is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. She has previously worked for OECD (Department of Labour and Social Affairs), the German Ministry of Economics and the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She attained her PhD from...

Laura Saavedra-Lux is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER. In her work she examines the micro-foundations of political violence, socio-economic development, and the consolidation of peace. She is specifically interested in understanding how ordinary...

Ricardo Santos is a UNU-WIDER Research Fellow stationed in Maputo, Mozambique, focused on the Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity -programme and Technical Resident Advisor to the Centre of Economics and Management...

Abrams M.E. Tagem

Abrams M.E. Tagem is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER. He holds a PhD in Economics and a master’s degree in Economic Development and Policy Analysis, both from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is an empirical development economist, with...

Quynh Tieu is a Research Assistant at UNU-WIDER, where her work focuses on tax models, tax policy reform, and tax data. She holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University, School of Business (Finland), majoring in Economics and minoring in...

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