Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | 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 related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
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.
Call for papersConference: Better Jobs for Development
The 3rd Jobs and Development conference will be held in Warsaw on 21-22 May 2020. Deadline for submissions is 20 January 2020.
SeminarErwin Bulte on participatory resource management, elite capture and local livelihoods
Abstract - Participatory resource management, elite capture and local livelihoods: experimental evidence from rural Ethiopia Evidence on the effectiveness of participatory development approaches in low-income countries is mixed. We use an experiment...
NewsUNU-WIDER and Norad agree on new USD 10 million research and capacity-building programme on domestic revenue mobilization
ConferenceAchieving 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...
BookMining for Change: Natural Resources and Industry in Africa
This book is not yet published, expected in January 2020. When published this book will be available open access...Mining Industrial policy Extractive industries
Call for postersWIDER Development Conference: Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development
The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2020 23:59 UTC+2.
BookMicro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This book is not yet published, expected in January 2020. When published this book will be available open access...SMEs Microeconomics Private sector
Journal ArticleImproving Financial Inclusion through the Delivery of Cash Transfer Programmes: The Case of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera Programme
This paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...Cash transfers Financial inclusion
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 23 - Informality: addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America
The 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture by Santiago Levy is to be held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The event is organized in collaboration with the Graduate Institute’s Centre for...
SeminarMariapia Mendola on agricultural transformation and farmers' expectations
BlogReflections on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
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 ...Nobel Prize Development Economics Structural transformation
Research BriefRevenue losses from tax-motivated mispricing in South Africa
New research provides the first direct evidence of tax-motivated transfer mispricing in a developing country...Tax International taxation Profit shifting
BlogRandomized control trials – why they deserve the Nobel and what should happen next
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach — randomized control trials (RCTs) — to alleviating global poverty...Development Economics Nobel Prize
LearningIndustrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa . This course is based on a decade of research by UNU-WIDER, in partnership with the...Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
Call for papersConference: Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries – Towards LDC-V
The deadline for submissions is 18 December 2019.
NewsEditor’s Choice Articles celebrating the EER 50th Anniversary includes UNU-WIDER research
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the European Economics Review (EER), making it one of the oldest general-interest economics journals in Europe. As part of the celebrations, the journal has announced two Editor’s Choice Articles and a...
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Uganda - UGAMOD v1.1
This report documents UGAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Uganda. This work was carried out by Uganda Revenue Authority ( URA ) and Makerere University in collaboration with the project partners...SOUTHMOD UGAMOD Tax
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 related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme. In...WIDER Seminar Series
Policy BriefAid effectiveness: Growth and beyond
The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...Aid effectiveness aid and growth Development aid
Working PaperThe corruption–growth relationship: Do political institutions matter?
Corruption is widely believed to negatively affect economic growth...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
ConferenceTransforming economies - for better jobs
Policy BriefSocial protection, government revenue and microsimulation in developing countries
Social protection has attracted increasing interest in developing countries in recent decades and policies have been initiated in all developing regions...SOUTHMOD Microsimulation modelling Tax-benefit microsimulation
BlogIndustrial policy in the 21st century: The challenge for Africa
Why is there so little industry in Africa? Does it matter? What can be done about it?...
Policy BriefCan legal empowerment help to address ethnic exclusion?
‘Legal empowerment’ is defined as a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded become able to use the law to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors...Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
BlogHow (not) to build state capability
Effective and capable states are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...SDGs SDG16 Building State Capabilities
Journal Special IssuePublic economics and development action
Tax, and public-sector matters more generally, is high on the agenda of international development. This is clearly reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2015...Public economics Public finance International taxation
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...