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Estimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty

In this paper we make estimates of the potential short-term economic impact of COVID-19 on global monetary poverty through contractions in per capita household income or consumption...

global poverty COVID-19 SDGs
Press Release: COVID-19 fallout could push half a billion people into poverty in developing countries

New research published by UNU-WIDER today warns that the economic fallout from the global pandemic could increase global poverty by as much as half a billion people, or 8% of the total human population. This would be the first time that poverty has...

COVID-19 and lockdowns: Are women more affected?

Globally, governments are using lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has disproportionately affected the poor, the homeless, and the migrants who are left without livelihoods, especially where the lockdown is country-wide, as in India...

To die from hunger or the virus: An all too real dilemma for the poor in India (and elsewhere)

On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks...

informal work Informality COVID-19
UNU-WIDER ongoing work on the effect of COVID-19 on the economies, states and societies of the Global South

It is clear that COVID-19 will have serious implications for economies, states, and societies of the Global South. At UNU-WIDER we are reorienting our work to think through what those implications are and possible mitigation and adaptation measures...

Is Mozambique prepared for a lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We calculated a lockdown readiness index for Mozambique and the results don’t look good...

A virus up-close UNU-WIDER's operations continue during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic COVID19 Global health
Research Associate - WIID/GRD

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to administrate the databases (WIID and GRD) hosted at UNU-WIDER to help with further developments of these databases, and to support and/or conduct research on...

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/RA/36
Closing date: 5 May 2020
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Welfare works: redistribution is the way to create less violent, less unequal societies

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought ' in from the cold '...

7555 km and beyond: Working together to achieve the SDGs

'It was great to have enough time to discuss each paper. I received useful and frank feedback. The topics are relevant for everyone...

When COVID-19 comes to Africa

There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected...

COVID19 Global health Africa
From small beginnings, big impact

2020 marks the 35th year of UNU-WIDER’s impact in the sphere of development economics...

Request for research proposals
Migration and South Africa

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with its partners, now invites research proposals related to migration for the Southern Africa Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)...

Closing date: 6 April 2020
2019 UNU-WIDER Summer School

UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at University of Cape Town (UCT), held a two-week intensive summer school on applied labour economics during 18-29 November 2019. Find below blogs from particpants, photos...

Capacity building Labour market Labour market participation
Summer School 2019
Solving the PhD puzzle: My experience as a visiting PhD Fellow

I am now in my fourth year as a PhD student in development studies at SOAS, University of London, working on my thesis, ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Private Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: A Comparison of Light Manufacturing Industry...

Why is inequality in South Africa higher than in Germany?: Explaining income distributions with ‘decompositions’

The understanding of inequality requires the analysis of changes in income distributions across countries and over time as well as the identification of its drivers...

Economic inequality Income inequality Methodology (Economics)
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics...

SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
Journal Article
Double Dividends and Mixed Blessings: Structural Transformation, Income Inequality and Employment Dynamics

ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: This article focuses on structural transformation, employment, and inequality dynamics...

Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries - Towards LDC-V

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is organizing an academic Conference in collaboration with UNU-WIDER and the...

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How a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality

In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...

Administrative data Employment Gender
Call for papers
Conference: Evidence to enhance inclusive growth

The annual conference of the Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling up research and capacity programme will be held on 5-6 November 2020 in Maputo, Mozambique. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2020 (23:59 UTC+3).

Closing date: 15 May 2020
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Policy Brief
The politics of social protection in Eastern and Southern Africa: Actors, institutions and dynamics

Since the mid-1990s, there has been in Africa something of a ‘quiet revolution’ in poverty reduction strategies with the proliferation of social assistance programmes that entail cash transfers to the poor...

Social protection Social assistance International development organizations
Policy Brief
Eight lessons on small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
Journal Article
Are less developed countries more exposed to multinational tax avoidance?

ARTICLE ON EARLY VIEW: This paper uses a global dataset with information about 210,000 corporations in 142 countries to investigate whether tax avoidance by multinational firms is more prevalent in less-developed countries...

International business enterprises Tax evasion Taxation
Working Paper
Is there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies

States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...

state capacity fiscal capacity Resource curse
Journal Article
Educational Opportunities in Indonesia: Are Factors Outside Individual Responsibility Persistent Over Time?

Not all sources of inequality in educational achievements are fair. But how strong and persistent is the burden of unequal opportunities that each person carries on in their life?...

Journal Special Issue
Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global South

This special issue presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration...

Welfare Redistribution global south
UNU-WIDER work programme 2019-2023: Transforming economies, states, and societies

Creating, strengthening, and sharing knowledge for development Over the period 2019–23 UNU-WIDER research will focus on the interlinked development challenges of transforming economies, states, and societies. These transformations are central...

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