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.
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
SeminarMehwish Ghulam Ali on do son preferences cause a gap between desired and actual fertility in Pakistan?
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
Annual LectureInformality – 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...
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
BookAsian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations
Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968. He was deeply pessimistic about development prospects in Asia...
ConferenceTransforming economies - for better jobs
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a three-day conference on transforming...
SeminarOded Stark on repercussions of negatively selective migration for the behavior of non-migrants when preferences are social
VacanciesProject Management Services
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the implementation of the Institute’s projects. The incumbent is a crucial team member of UNU-WIDER’s Projects Support Team, responsible for...
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 BriefLearning from a half-century of economic development in Asia
When Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968, he was deeply pessimistic about the development prospects in Asia...Development Economics Asia Industrial policy
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
SeminarJakob Svensson on the low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda
Journal Special IssueMigration Governance and Policy in the Global South
Building knowledge about migration governance and policy in the Global South is a priority for research and policy...Migration Migration policy Governance
Research BriefRacial inequality and demographic change in South Africa: Impacts on economic development
Over the past 20 years, researchers have been looking at the economic lifecycle of individuals around the world using National Transfer Accounts (NTA) data...demographic dividend economic lifecycle Intergenerational Mobility
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Tanzania - TAZMOD v1.8
This report documents TAZMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Tanzania. This work was carried out by University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the project partners in the scope of the SOUTHMOD project...TAZMOD SOUTHMOD 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 BriefResurgent Asia: Diversity in Development
In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of world population and over half of world income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributable to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and driven by imperialism...Gunnar Myrdal Economic transformation Structural transformation
PresentationKunal Sen on politicians and their promises in an uncertain world
Research BriefDancing with dragons: Can South African firms compete with Chinese imports?
China’s growing edge in export manufacturing has caused concern for low-income and middle-income countries seeking to develop robust manufacturing sectors...Capabilities Import competition Import
BlogIn the Director's chair: Reflections on my first six months as Director
My first six months as Director of UNU-WIDER have been busy, enlightening, and rewarding...SDGs sdg5 sdg8
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ecuador - ECUAMOD v1.4
This report documents ECUAMOD, the SOUTHMOD micrososimulation model developed for Ecuador. This work was carried out by the ISER in collaboration with the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales and UNU-WIDER...taxes Benefits microsimulation
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In the mediaSA-TIED working paper featured in the Financial Mail
A recent working paper from the SA-TIED programme ’s body of new research has been featured in the largest business weekly in South Africa. The Financial Mail’s feature is headlined: “ Reserve Bank vindicated — the critics...Inflation (Finance) Monetary policy South Africa
NewsIn Memoriam: Jaime Ros
Just as UNU-WIDER was disseminating the very recent publication in World Development journal an article in which Carlos Ibarra and Jaime Ros analysed the factors explaining the decline of the labour income share in Mexico, we received the sad news...In memoriam
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...