35 years of knowledge for change: Bringing inequality to the fore (1998-2020)
Join our anniversary celebrations as we reflect on some of the greatest achievements of UNU-WIDER over the last 35 years and how we see our work creating change in the future. Read more
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
Check out the upcoming WIDER Webinar Series events to hear from renowned researchers on the impact of COVID-19 on development, and the implications for the Global South. Recordings of past events available too. Click here for more details
Journal Special Issue: Involuntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration
Looking at Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the US, this special issue explores such experiences with a focus on inequality between migrants and host populations in countries of settlement. Read more
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
UN at 75: slow death or a new direction? | Annual Lecture 24
RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Support COVID-19 research - take the survey today
Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions. Take part in the survey here, and share the link with your colleagues, friends and family! Read more
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Journal ArticleThe corruption–growth relationship: Does the political regime matter?
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country...Corruption Democracy Economic growth
SeminarMyles Wickstead on the changing face of aid and development
BlogPromoting industrialization in Africa: Global versus regional value chains
As COVID-19 ravages international trade and production, policy-makers are shifting their sights from global value chains (GVCs) to regional value chains (RVCs) as pathways to industrialization...value chain directionality textiles apparel
Working PaperWhat works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality?: A systematic review
Over the past two decades, research on the impacts of a diverse range of public policies and income inequality has seen rapid growth...Income inequality literature review Systematic review
ArticleUNU-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...
BlogThe world needs a people’s vaccine
The world needs a people’s vaccine for COVID-19 — one provided universally, and accessible to the entire world population. A patent-protected vaccine could ultimately exclude many people from being vaccinated and protected...COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine
Working PaperPandemics and their impact on oil and metal prices
We examine the effect of pandemics on selected commodity prices—in particular, those of zinc, copper, lead, and oil...pandemic commodities Prices
BlogHeadline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?
States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic...COVID-19 Capable states state capacity
Working PaperHorizontal inequality, COVID-19, and lockdown readiness: Evidence from India
A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 both reﬂects and exacerbates existing inequalities...Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality Caste
NewsUNU-WIDER joins major new research consortium analysing African cities
A partnership of urban development experts – including UNU-WIDER – has been awarded a contract of £32 million to establish the African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC).Urban economics Informal sector Partnerships for Development
Policy BriefMining for change: How can natural resources support inclusive growth in Africa
For a growing number of countries in Africa the discovery of natural resources is a great opportunity, but one accompanied by considerable risks. There is an extensive literature linking natural resource dependence to poor economic performance...Mining Extractive industries Industrial policy
BlogChanging the lives of very young children: Evidence from Rwanda
Globally, around 250 million children under the age of five do not meet key development milestones, which reduces their ability to reach their full potential...Social mobility Human capital Cognitive ability
Research BriefMonetary policy and firm size in South Africa
Small firms are more sensitive to changes in interest rates...credit channel Firm heterogeneity Financial constraints
Working PaperFinance, gender, and entrepreneurship: India’s informal sector firms
How does informal economic activity respond to increased financial inclusion? Does it become more entrepreneurial?...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Annual LectureUN at 75: slow death or new direction?
The recording of the 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, discussion and Q&A, is now available on YouTube...
Research BriefAre credits or deductions better in public health spending?: The impact on equality in South Africa
The impact of medical deductions and medical credits on income inequality is a subject of discussion in South Africa, as well as in many other countries, raising critical questions about the fairness of the medical tax system and the impact on afford...medical tax credit medical expenses tax deductions
Journal Special IssueInvoluntary Migration, Inequality, and Integration: Vietnamese and Afghan migrants in Canada, Germany, the UK, and the US
THIS COLLECTION OF ARTICLES IS ON EARLY VIEW. Migration is an inherent feature of human history. A rich literature considers the experiences of global migrants across diverse environments...Involuntary migration Inequality
BlogThe WIID celebrates 20 years with a daring new plan
After 20 years of contributions to income inequality research, the World Income Inequality Database (the WIID) is getting a new expansion that will greatly strengthen knowledge on inequalities...Global inequality
AboutDomestic Revenue Mobilization programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. Efficient domestic resource mobilization will...Domestic revenue mobilization
BlogData for better policies: Introducing the Government Revenue Dataset 2020
Thanks to the updated version of the Government Revenue Dataset ( GRD ) we are now able to gain a clear picture of tax and other revenue trends in over 190 countries over the past four decades, now up until 2018...Government revenue Taxation data
Journal ArticleCOVID-19 and global poverty: Are LDCs being left behind?
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW: The study paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of IMF’s growth forecasts...COVID-19 crisis impact global poverty
Working PaperProgress and stagnation in the livelihood of informal workers in an emerging economy: Long-term evidence from Indonesia
We use long-spanning individual longitudinal data to examine the long-term labour market outcomes of low-tier informal workers...Earnings Indonesia Informal sector
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.
NewsCall for participation: Life with Corona survey round 2
Life with Corona, a global survey tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world has just been released with updated questions.COVID-19 Trust pandemic
Research BriefWage inequality in post-apartheid South Africa
Much work has been done on inequality in South Africa, but to date the literature that assesses the dynamic response of income or wealth distribution to economic policy actions is almost non-existent...Income inequality Distributions heterogeneity
NewsIn Memoriam: Stephan Klasen
On 27 October 2020, Professor Stephan Klasen passed away after a serious and prolonged illness which took his life too early. We have lost one of Europe’s leading development economists, a brilliant mind and generous soul. With his unceasing...In memoriam
Working PaperPolarization in the South African labour market: Economy-wide scenarios
Technical change impacts both the employment intensity of production and the composition of occupations and skills of employment...Labour market Polarization Computable general equilibrium
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...