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).
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.
Book: Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System
This new Open Access book provides an analysis of the global monetary system and the necessary reforms that it should undergo to play an active role in the twenty-first century and proposes a comprehensive yet evolutionary reform of the system.
Policy brief: Africa's Lions
A survey of six major African economies — Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa — shows that there are three major constraints which could reinforce a pattern of low growth accompanied with limited poverty-reduction
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.
VacanciesResearch Fellow P-4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Re-advertised due to technical reasons. Candidates who have applied previously do not need to re-apply. Closing date: 27 February 2018, 23:59 UTC+2
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...
Request for research proposalsTax-benefit microsimulation analysis
In order to improve the understanding of tax-benefit systems and their role in developing countries, and to increase the use of tax-benefit microsimulation models, UNU-WIDER invites proposals from qualified researchers for detailed economic analysis...
NewsUNU-WIDER expertise part of new UNU Sustainable Development Explorer Sustainable Development Goals United Nations University
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 21 - How are people poor? Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs
The 2017 WIDER Annual Lecture was delivered on 24 October, as part of UN Day celebrations. More information is available below in the programme for the day.
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the research and training programme of the Institute. Closing date: 7 March 2018, 23:59 UTC+2.
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
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ethiopia: ETMOD v1.0
This report documents ETMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ethiopia...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
Journal ArticleDiscrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
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
NewsRachel Gisselquist gives TEDx talk on rethinking the diversity debate Ethnic diversity Equality and inequality
ConferenceMigration and mobility - new frontiers for research and policy
The WIDER Development Conference on migration and mobility, jointly organized with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), will take place on 5-6 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.
Working PaperStock-and-flow-consistent macroeconomic model for South Africa
We develop a stock-and-flow-consistent model for South Africa with four financial instruments and detailed balance sheets for the household, government, financial, non-financial, and foreign sectors and the Reserve Bank...Stock and flow Macroeconomics Computable general equilibrium
BookAid Effectiveness for Environmental Sustainability
This collection examines the role that foreign aid can play in dealing with the severe global challenge of climate change, one of the most pressing international development issues of the 21st century...Foreign aid Climate change Sustainable energy
Request for research proposalsFirm-level analysis
UNU-WIDER, the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa (NT), and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) invite proposals from qualified researchers for detailed economic analysis of the available administrative datasets. Submission...
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...
BlogA WIDER perspective on migration
While many WIDER Development Conferences emerge from ongoing projects, our latest conference in October — ‘ Migration and mobility: New frontiers for research and policy ’ — offered a different opportunity: to focus attention ...Migration Refugees
Working PaperFiscal policy, state building and economic development
This paper presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place over the past three decades...tax policy Economic development Developing countries
NewsNew collaborative programme focusing on economic transformation and inequality launched with South African government and other regional organizations Structural economic transformation Economic inequality Employment and Industry
Call for papersCall for papers - 17th Nordic conference on development economics 2018
The deadline for paper/extended abstract submissions is 18 March 2018 23:59 UTC+2.
ReportSOUTHMOD country report Ghana: GHAMOD v1.0
This report documents GHAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ghana. This work was carried out by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the University of Tampere in collaboration with the project partners...Tax Government revenue Government spending policy
BlogWhat would it take for Mozambique’s growth to be inclusive?
In late November 2017 more than 100 people gathered in Maputo, Mozambique, to participate in a joint reflection on poverty and inequality in the country...Poverty and inequality Mozambique
BlogPeer influence and human capital accumulation: Evidence from Delhi University colleges
College is an important milestone in life that is believed to develop several aspects of an individual's human capital, broadly defined to include both cognitive and socio-emotional traits...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
ProjectExtractives for development (E4D)
Natural resource wealth has often turned out to be a ‘curse’ rather than a ‘blessing’ for developing countries. Growth based exclusively on natural resources—such as oil, gas, and minerals—is often of a very...Wealth Natural resources Management
Working PaperHow 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 ArticleGold Mining Pollution and the Cost of Private Healthcare: The Case of Ghana
To attract greater levels of foreign direct investment into their gold-mining sectors, many mineral-rich countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been willing to overlook serious instances of mining company non-compliance with environmental standards...Mining pollution Healthcare expenditure Hedonic analysis
Working PaperAre politically connected firms less constrained in credit markets?
Utilizing a panel of over 2,000 Vietnamese SMEs over a 10-year period, we analyse the importance of being politically connected on both access and cost-of-credit obtained from formal financial institutions...Credit constraints Political connections Vietnam
Journal Special IssueInequality: Measurement, trends, impacts and policies
Many low- and middle-income countries are achieving good rates of economic growth, while high inequality remains a priority concern...Inequality Economic growth Poverty