In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
Opportunities to work with UNU-WIDER
Check out our exciting open opportunities - including a request for research proposals, and vacancies in our team
Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
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Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
VacanciesResearch Fellow (P-2/P-3), Maputo, Mozambique
UNU-WIDER is hiring a Research Fellow in Maputo, Mozambique.
VacanciesFinance Associate - Team Lead (G6)
UNU-WIDER is hiring a Finance Associate to lead its local finance team in Helsinki, Finland.
WebinarWorld energy: Looking ahead to COP27
Request for research proposalsEnterprise development for job creation, Public revenue mobilization, and Structural transformation and inequality
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with the National Treasury of South Africa (NT), is requesting research proposals under the second phase of the Southern Africa – Towards...
About2022 UNU-WIDER Winter School
In 2022 UNU-WIDER launched an intensive winter school course on tax policy research. The course, which gathered 27 African researchers from 13 countries, took place in two parts. Part one was a 3-day online Stata and Statistics bootcamp in May-June...Capacity development Tax administration data SDG17
ConferenceDebt and innovative finance in developing countries
Working PaperInequality and human development: The role of different parts of the income distribution
In this paper we reassess the relationship between inequality and human development, focusing on the differential effect associated with the concentration of national income at different parts of the income distribution...Human development Inequality Institutions
BlogAre autocratic states doomed to weak fiscal capacity?
How best to increase and mobilize revenue is a key issue that confronts contemporary developing economies, but the same problems were faced —and solved— by today’s developed economies...
BlogFiscal states in developing economies: Why do they matter and where do they come from?
Modern states are complex organizations which perform a broad range of functions. They have an important role in economic and human development...Fiscal capacity State capacity Building State Capabilities
NewsSenior Research Fellow Patricia Justino appointed as Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) appoints Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino as Deputy Director on 1 August 2022.Conflict Trust Governance
Working PaperRebel governance and political participation
Rebels, militias, and criminal groups all govern civilians. Governing strategies adopted by armed groups during civil war likely influence citizens’ post-conflict political participation, with consequences for democratic politics...Armed conflict Governance Wartime governance
BlogTax revenues and tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa
African countries raise lower amounts of tax as a share of national income (GDP) than other countries. Researchers are interested in understanding why this is the case...Government tax revenue Government revenue domestic resource mobilization
BlogDigital platforms and job search: Experimental evidence from Mozambique
Digital technologies can be deployed to improve job search, but their effectiveness in practice is disrupted...Informality Job search Unemployment
Working PaperSocial protection expansions during crisis and fiscal space: From ad hoc to durable solutions?
This study provides a first attempt to contribute a large-scale assessment of whether crisis response as observed during the COVID-19 pandemic can serve as a feasible blueprint for creating durable solutions across countries...Social protection Tax revenue COVID-19
BlogSales recovered faster from the pandemic than employment: Evidence from tax administrative and survey data in Zambia
Like most other countries, the government of Zambia introduced restrictions to control COVID-19, which considerably curtailed normal economic activity...Competitiveness Debt Finance
NewsCall for Contributions: GlobalDev and UNU-WIDER Blog series on social mobility
In the last decades, globalization and technological advancements have improved the living standards of billions of people, and enabled many households to cross the poverty line. Nonetheless, these trends have also exacerbated inequalities around...Social mobility
NewsGRD 2022 update: Tax and revenue data for 197 countries in one dataset
An updated version of the Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) has been released. The dataset provides a complete picture of government revenue and tax trends over time, allowing for analysis at the country, regional, or cross-country level.GRD Government revenue Database
BlogWhat can the GRD do for policymakers?
A few months ago, I was asked to deliver a lecture at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies on the UNU-WIDER Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) ...GRD Domestic revenue mobilization Database
Lecture13th B.G. Kumar Lecture Is India a Land of Opportunity? delivered by Professor Kunal Sen
Professor Kunal Sen delivers the 13th B.G. Kumar Lecture on 'Is India the Land of Opportunity?' at the Center for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The lecture begins at 15:30 (IST) or 12:00 (UTC+2). Virtual attendance...
BookThe developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
The developer’s dilemma is thus: developing countries seek inclusive economic development — i.e., structural transformation — sufficiently broad-based to raise the income of the poor...Structural transformation Economic development Income inequality
Journal ArticleGender and vulnerable employment in the developing world: Evidence from global microdata
This study investigates gender inequality in vulnerable employment: forms of employment typically featuring high precariousness, inadequate earnings, and lack of decent working conditions...Vulnerable employment Gender gap Developing countries