Sustainable Development Explorer
UNU has launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting ongoing work to support each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Request for research proposalsRegional growth and development for southern Africa’s prosperity
UNU-WIDER, the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa (NT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) invite proposals from qualified researchers for high quality economic and/or political economy analysis in any of the five focus...
Journal ArticleHow polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution...Polarization Bipolarization Polarization measures
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 21 - How are people poor? Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs
The 2017 WIDER Annual Lecture was delivered on 24 October, as part of UN Day celebrations. More information is available below in the programme for the day.
VacanciesDigital Design Associate and Webmaster GS-6
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the Communications Team in implementing the communications strategy through design, assuring the uptake and impact of the Institute’s work online and...
Journal ArticleThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...fiscal capacity intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
NewsUNU-WIDER Director-Designate named
UNU-WIDER is pleased to announce that, following a highly successful 10 years under the leadership of Professor Finn Tarp, the Institute’s next director has been named. Professor Kunal Sen will join the Institute as Director-Designate on 1...
BlogInformation asymmetries in extractive industries: What can be done?
In the second part of this blog, Alan R. Roe discusses what is known about the informational failures that pose challenges for governments in projecting revenues from extractive industries. Read the first part here ...Extractive industries Government revenue
Working PaperA 2015 Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Mozambique
This paper documents a 2015 Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Mozambique...Social Accounting Matrix national accounts Supply table
NewsUNU-WIDER expertise part of new UNU Sustainable Development Explorer Sustainable Development Goals United Nations University
BlogForecasting revenues from extractive industries: Information asymmetries and other disadvantages of host governments
In the first part of this blog, Alan R. Roe writes about the difficulties governments face in predicting revenues from extractive industries. Read part two here ...Extractive industries Government revenue
Conference17th Nordic conference on development economics 2018
Aalto University School of Business, University of Tampere and UNU-WIDER in collaboration with the Nordic Network in Development Economics will organize the next 17th Nordic Conference on Development Economics on 11-12 June 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.
Journal ArticleOptimal taxation and public provision for poverty reduction
The existing literature on optimal taxation typically assumes there exists a capacity to implement complex tax schemes, which is not necessarily the case for many developing countries...Income tax Poverty Public goods
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ethiopia: ETMOD v1.0
This report documents ETMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ethiopia...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Journal ArticleDiscrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
ProjectWIID - World Income Inequality Database
World Income Inequality Database (WIID), collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be...
Journal Special IssueFiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place, as an introduction to this United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Rese...Fiscal policy Economic development Taxation
The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work touching on structural transformation, inclusion, and...WIDER Seminar Series
NewsRachel Gisselquist gives TEDx talk on rethinking the diversity debate Ethnic diversity Equality and inequality
Working PaperStock-and-flow-consistent macroeconomic model for South Africa
We develop a stock-and-flow-consistent model for South Africa with four financial instruments and detailed balance sheets for the household, government, financial, non-financial, and foreign sectors and the Reserve Bank...Stock and flow Macroeconomics Computable general equilibrium
BookAid Effectiveness for Environmental Sustainability
This collection examines the role that foreign aid can play in dealing with the severe global challenge of climate change, one of the most pressing international development issues of the 21st century...Foreign aid Climate change Sustainable energy
BlogA WIDER perspective on migration
While many WIDER Development Conferences emerge from ongoing projects, our latest conference in October — ‘ Migration and mobility: New frontiers for research and policy ’ — offered a different opportunity: to focus attention ...Migration Refugees
ProjectTowards inclusive development in Myanmar
UNU-WIDER and the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) of the Ministry of Planning and Finance of Myanmar, supported financially by Danida , are working together to strengthen evidence-based policy-making and analysis, supporting the country...Inclusive growth Economic reform Industrial policy
Working PaperFiscal policy, state building and economic development
This paper presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place over the past three decades...tax policy Economic development Developing countries
NewsNew collaborative programme focusing on economic transformation and inequality launched with South African government and other regional organizations Structural economic transformation Economic inequality Employment and Industry
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ghana: GHAMOD v1.0
This report documents GHAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ghana. This work was carried out by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the University of Tampere in collaboration with the project partners...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
BlogWhat would it take for Mozambique’s growth to be inclusive?
In late November 2017 more than 100 people gathered in Maputo, Mozambique, to participate in a joint reflection on poverty and inequality in the country...Poverty and inequality Mozambique