What is research impact?

This page documents cases where we believe our research and communication activities have had an impact on the wider world of development. UNU-WIDER aims not only to create high-quality policy relevant research, but also to ensure that this research is shared with those who set the course of development policy. Our three core audiences, researchers, international development agencies, and national decision-makers, all rely on accurate and timely information to get their job done. We aim to provide that information in as many forms as possible, through events, the press, videos, social media, and our publications.

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The first-ever bundle of microsimulation models for the Global South released

The SOUTHMOD bundle compiles tax-benefit microsimulation models for 12 developing countries into a single platform, drawing inspiration from the tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union, EUROMOD. UNU-WIDER’s SOUTHMOD project aims to...

TAZMOD model retreat 2022
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UNU-WIDER research on global profit shifting gains media attention

The Working Paper Global profit shifting, 1975–2019 revealing a remarkable increase in profit shifting during the last five decades. The study has been highlighted by several media outlets.

Building connections that matter: UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD and Scholar programmes

Every year about 20 visitors come to Helsinki to find a new home at UNU-WIDER in our Visiting Scholars and PhD Fellowship programmes. Although their...

Along the PhD path: A change in environment for a new perspective

After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, I was thrilled to receive an acceptance letter to UNU-WIDER's Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme. Until this...

Unravelling the puzzle of peace: Short videos on key issues in peace and conflict research

A new series of nine short videos produced by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) has just been released. The Puzzle of peace video series features leading economists, political scientists...

Press Release: New research reveals close to $1 trillion in profits shifted to tax havens

A new research paper published by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) shows the first global estimates of profits shifted to tax havens between 1975-2019. The study documents a remarkable increase in profit shifting, with close to $1 trillion or 40% of multinational profits shifted to tax havens in 2019. Globally, 10% of corporate tax revenues are lost as a result.

UNU-WIDER launches new series: Cambridge Elements in Development Economics

UNU-WIDER is excited to publish the first titles in a new series of peer-reviewed, original, authoritative, and succinct publications combining the best features of books and journals, made especially for digital access.

UNU-WIDER alum Nanak Kakwani releases a new book on poverty and inequality

Professor Nanak Kakwani is one of UNU-WIDER's first research fellows. Joining the institute in 1986, he is the author of the second WIDER Working Paper ever published. The first is Food, Economics, and Entitlements by UNU-WIDER founder and Nobel...

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