Journal Article: How 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.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
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.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal 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. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
UNU Annual Report 2017
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
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).
Research BriefPotential benefits and pitfalls of extractives in Mozambique: lessons from international experience
Mozambique has seen a significant expansion of interest and investment in its extractive industries...Extractive industries Resource curse Policy coordination
NewsUNU-WIDER shortlisted for the Prospect Think Tank Awards 2018
UNU-WIDER has been shortlisted for the Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank Awards 2018 . The Institute is ranked in the category of international economic & financial think tanks based on the research on industrial policy, including the project...Think tanks Industrial policy
Journal Special IssueLegal Empowerment and Group-Based Inequality
The articles in the forthcoming special issue are already available online on full open access. The special issue will be officially published in March 2019, vol. 55, issue 3...Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
BookIndustries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
Early view: When published this book will become Open Access. By 2030 more than three quarters of the world's absolute poor are projected to live in Africa...industry Growth Investment
ConferenceThink development – Think WIDER
For more than 30 years, UNU-WIDER has been associated with some of the most advanced thinking in development economics. Since the Institute’s start in 1985, UNU-WIDER has undertaken research on all the principal themes of development economics. It...
Journal ArticleA human rights-consistent approach to multidimensional welfare measurement applied to sub-Saharan Africa
The rights-based approach to development targets progress towards the realization of 30 articles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In current practice, progress is frequently measured using the multidimensional poverty index...first-order dominance Sub-Saharan Africa demographic and health survey
BlogMozambique: Improving our understanding of the potential of manufacturing
Mozambique’s manufacturing industry is facing many challenges. Nevertheless, we should not underestimate its linkages to the rest of the economy and its potential in terms of job creation and structural transformation...Manufacturing firms Manufacturing Manufacturing industries
BookTowards Gender Equity in Development
Early view: When published this book will become Open Access. As a result of widespread mistreatment and overt discrimination, women in the developing world often lack autonomy...Gender Equality Discrimination
BlogLessons from the resettlement of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Vietnamese forced migrants in Germany
Hiếu (pseudonym) embodies the ‘good refugee’ story. In 1979, he fled Vietnam by boat and eventually resettled in the Federal Republic of (West) Germany, as did many others ...Integration International migration Refugees
BlogYoung Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in the UK: Does more education mean better futures?
Education is my freedom ... if I have my education, everything is still possible for me in the future. Mohammed grinned, and looked down at his newly acquired university student card...Migration Refugees Youth
BlogSuccessfully integrating refugee populations: What can we learn from the experience of Vietnamese Americans?
Policy makers should see integration and upward mobility, and not simply placement and survival, as goals of resettlement of refugees...Migration Refugees Integration
BlogObstacles for Mozambique’s manufacturing firms amplified by macroeconomic disturbances
Mozambique has been facing macroeconomic difficulties since 2015. This has amplified the obstacles for micro, small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, but the actual problems lie deeper ...Manufacturing firms Structural transformation Macroeconomic policy
Panel discussionPublic services at grassroots level in Africa [in Finnish]
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...
Policy seminarUNU-WIDER at the World Village Festival
UNU-WIDER, with other UN agencies and affiliates, is present at the World Village Festival 2018. The festival takes place 26-27 May 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.
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...
Conference2018 Nordic conference on development economics
Aalto University School of Business, University of Tampere and UNU-WIDER in collaboration with the Nordic Network in Development Economics will organize the 2018 Nordic Conference on Development Economics on 11-12 June 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.
NewsUNU-WIDER congratulates Professor Njuguna Ndung’u on his new appointment
Professor Njuguna Ndung’u has been appointed as the next African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Executive Director effective September 1, 2018. Over the years Professor Ndung’u has held a number of top positions in the field of...
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
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
BookExtractive Industries: The Management of Resources as a Driver of Sustainable Development
Early view: When published this book will become Open Access...Resource revenues Climate change Mining
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
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
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
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