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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In the mediaTax avoidance study used as an argument in favor of Lesotho’s growth and stability
The Kingdom of Lesotho is classified by the UN as one of the least developed countries in the world. It is entirely reliant on South Africa for all imports and exports, while a few commodities help supplement its income. Lesotho has suffered...
In the mediaNigerian daily business paper draws on the WIID
An editorial published in Business Day, a daily business newspaper based in Lagos, has drawn on the World Income Inequality Database (WIID) to point to Nigeria’s growing inequality. The piece uses the database along with measures from the...
In the mediaInequality continues to draw public interest in Mozambique
A Zitamar news article has drawn on research from the Inclusive growth in Mozambique project. Inequality, a key concern of the project, continues to draw public attention in the country. An excerpt from the article 'Mozambique’s National...
LecturePublic Economics Winter School 2017
The University of Pretoria will hold from 3-7 July 2017 the second Winter School – one of the key events in the public economics capacity building initiative managed by GTAC on behalf of the National Treasury.
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 Namibia 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
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
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
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...