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Visiting Scholar

Our Visiting Scholars Programme gives qualified scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues, and to participate in UNU-WIDER activities. Deadline for applications is 30 September 23:59 UTC+3.

Closing date: 30 September 2018
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Visiting PhD Fellowship

Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in...

Closing date: 30 September 2018
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Research Brief
The decline of the labour share in Mexico, 1990–2015 Labour market Informal sector Wages
Baseline survey on Mozambican university graduates’ school-to-work transitions – looking forward to the launch

Baseline Survey on the School-to-Work Transitions of University Graduates in Mozambique will be launched on 4 September...

Higher education Mozambique labour markets
Think 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...

13 September 201815 September 2018
Marina Congress Center (MCC), Katajanokanlaituri 6, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Past event
WIDER Development Conference: Think development – Think WIDER
Research Brief
Potential 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
Working Paper
Six development paths in Southeast Asia: Three plus three

Six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand) defied Gunnar Myrdal’s pessimistic prognosis in his 1968 volume, Asian Drama, regarding their prospects for devel...

Agricultural productivity Investments, Foreign Industrial policy
UNU-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
Working Paper
China’s growth miracle in the context of Asian transformation

Myrdal did not cover China in his Asian Drama. If he did, he would have been most likely pessimistic about China, as he was about other Asian countries in his book...

Transitional economies Economic growth Poverty
Journal Special Issue
Legal 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
Industries 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
Journal Article
A 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
Mozambique: 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
Annual Lecture
WIDER Annual Lecture 22 - The political economy of structural transformation - has democracy failed African economies?

The 2018 WIDER Annual Lecture which will be given by Professor Ernest Aryeetey. He will discuss the political economy of structural transformation in Africa. The lecture looks at how various political regimes and economic policies have shaped the...

14 September 2018
Europaea hall, Marina Congress Centre, Katajanokanlaituri 6A, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Towards 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
Lessons 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
Young 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
Successfully 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
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)

SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region, through original research conceived and produced in collaboration between United Nations University World...

 Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development / SA-TIED
Obstacles 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 discussion
classroom/barry-pousnan Public services at grassroots level in Africa [in Finnish]
26 May 2018
Taiga-lava (Kansallisteatterin lavaklubi), Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Policy seminar
UNU-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.

26 May 201827 May 2018
UN Village/YK-Kylä, Railway Square, Helsinki, Finland
Past event
Policy Brief
The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms Economic growth Regulatory Framework
Policy Brief
Workforce and leadership characteristics in Mozambican manufacturing Economic growth Leadership charasteristics Entrepreneurship
Request for research proposals
Regional 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...

Closing date: 25 May 2018
UNU-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 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...

Polarization Bipolarization Polarization measures
WIID - 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...

Journal Article
The 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
Policy Brief
Measuring quality of health-care services: What is known and where are the knowledge gaps? Health SDG3 Universal Health Coverage
UNU-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...

WIDER Seminar Series

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
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