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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NewsChairperson of the WIDER Board writes on the future role of the World Bank
Ravi Kanbur, Chairperson of the WIDER board and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, argues that the World Bank needs to transform its role on the world stage in a new vox.eu column.WIDER Board World Bank
In the mediaRecent UNU-WIDER study on extractive dependency makes the headlines
A recent WIDER Working Paper by Alan Roe and Samantha Dodd received coverage in the Nambia Economist. The paper, published as part of the UNU-WIDER project Extractives for Development, draws together statistical information on extractive dependency...
NewsFinn Tarp opens Finnish Model UN conference
UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp opened Finland's only university-level Model UN conference on 5 April 2017 in Helsinki. He spoke to delegates about UNU-WIDER's ongoing work on transformation, inclusion, and sustainability, the Sustainable...SDG Environment
SeminarTowards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
NewsGovernment officials and researchers in Ecuador gather for ECUAMOD training
How does raising income tax affect government revenue? What are the costs and benefits of implementing a state pension? Tax and benefit microsimulation is a useful technique for determining how policy changes affect the distribution of income and...Microsimulation modelling Ecuador
In the mediaStudy on global tax avoidance garners worldwide attention
A new WIDER Working Paper has brought attention around the world to government revenue loss from tax avoidance. The study finds that, globally, low- and lower middle-income countries are hit the hardest; in terms of regions, losses are most intense...Tax evasion Profit shifting
Policy seminarIndustrialization in Africa
In the mediaThe Stockholm Statement cautions against ‘Untenable Inequality’
The Chinese financial news portal Caixin reports on the principles being drawn in the Stockholm Statement. It reminds that while countries had made rapid strides in development, they have left inequalities in their wake.
In the mediaStockholm Statement mentioned as an example of current economic policy thinking
An opinion piece published in the India’s e-paper LiveMint.com presents two examples of current economic policy thinking that have come out of the global recovery from the North Atlantic financial crisis of 2008. The article refers to the...
In the mediaStockholm Statement cited as evidence of shifts in economic thinking
The Guardian journalist Greg Jericho has released a new piece on environmental sustainability in which he argues that, in Australia, economics and politics doesn’t cope well with the issue of climate change.
In the mediaThe Stockholm Statement gets mentioned in The Guardian
Former World Bank Chief Economist, Kaushik Basu, recently gave a public lecture on the 'Challenges for the global economy: the great recession and the fault lines' at the Monash Business School in Melbourne, Australia.Inclusive growth Stockholm Statement Economic growth
ConferenceGrowth and development policy – new data, new approaches, and new evidence
Economies in the southern Africa region face thorny challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies, job creation, and the need to share the benefits of growth. For the past three years, more than 100 researchers have engaged in a...
Results MeetingTransformation for growth, employment and poverty reduction
This event, held in partnership with with REPOA, closes out our project on Jobs, poverty and structural change in Africa . The conference builds on the research from the collaborative project between REPOA and UNU-WIDER intended to examine...
ConferenceThird voice of social sciences international conference
The University of Dar es Salaam organized on 24-25 November 2016 a two-day conference with the theme 'Industrialization and social transformation: what is the role of social sciences?'
In the mediaBlog post on poverty in Mozambique grabs the attention of Mail & Guardian Africa
The release of the Mozambique’s Fourth Poverty Assessment in late October in Maputo has brought good news to Mozambique. Despite recent economic and political challenges, the findings of the report show significant gains in the fight to reduce...Poverty Inequality Mozambique
Press releaseTrickle-down economics is not a tenable premise for development, leading economists argue in Stockholm Statement
Thirteen of the world's leading development economists* — including four former Chief economists of the World Bank and 10 prominent members of the UNU-WIDER global network — have released the Stockholm Statement, in which they summarize what they...New Directions in Development Economics