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– Five key policies assessed
Kunal Sen - The Conversation, 2019

When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in spring 2014 the Indian economy was in the doldrums. There was a clear policy paralysis in India’s central government, in large part due to the high profile corruption cases that involved the central government bureaucracy and...

– Reflections on my first six months as Director
Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

My first six months as Director of UNU-WIDER have been busy, enlightening, and rewarding. We’ve launched a new work programme, with flagship projects focused on a cohesive research base addressing key SDGs; I’ve also worked on fostering partnerships to cement the...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019

The World Bank recently estimated that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation. This shocking statistic raises an important question: ‘What can policy makers do to prepare for this tech revolution?’ From 11-13 September UNU-WIDER hosted our...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki

I am delighted to take the helm at UNU-WIDER, an institution which has been associated with some of the most advanced thinking in development economics. UNU-WIDER has combined outstanding research with sustained policy engagement on some of the most pressing concerns affecting the living...

– The potential electoral consequences of demonetisation
Kunal Sen - Asia Dialog, 2019

In the campaign leading up to the Lok Sabha elections in spring 2014, one of the more important promises that Narendra Modi made was to ‘clean up’ the economy by bringing back to India all the illicit money that was purportedly stashed away overseas. After coming into power, the...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

The award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, has led to a flurry of blogs and op-ed pieces. Some of these have rightly been congratulatory of the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Prize to a set...

– Research and policy gaps
Kunal Sen - GlobalDev, 2019

Are the chances of a child growing up in China reaching higher income or occupational levels than their parents any higher than those of a child in India? As this column explains, there is a surprising lack of knowledge about the extent of social mobility in developing countries. The author calls...

Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

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...

Carlos Gradín, Kunal Sen - United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports, 2019

Income inequality is the result of complex processes with multiple interacting driving forces but understanding those drivers in emerging economies is particularly difficult because of data and analytical challenges. While most middle-income countries produce comprehensive household surveys these...

Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such states can raise the necessary resources for spending on the crucial government programmes that matter for the achievement of the SDGs, as well as implement these programmes...

Antonio Savoia, Roberto Ricciuti, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2019 - Helsinki, Finland

In many less developed countries, there is little problem identifying the need for public investment in programmes aimed at improving things such as infrastructure, health and education. The problem comes in delivering them. An important factor in whether these kinds of programmes are...

– What can help?
Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia, Kunal Sen - The Conversation, 2019

The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state. Being able to tax citizens, and collect revenues efficiently, is a cornerstone of state formation and survival. Secondly, greater fiscal capacity...

Tania Masi, Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia, Kunal Sen - Project Syndicate, 2019

With official development assistance under strain, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require developing countries to rely increasingly on their own resources. To that end, they should implement strong institutional constraints on executive authority. MANCHESTER – With...

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