Book: Extractive Industries
Open access | New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending.
Journal Special Issue: Horizontal Inequality: Persistence and Change
Open access | This journal special issue offers conceptual, theoretical, and empirical reasons for treating horizontal inequality as an outcome and challenging assumptions of fixity.
Policy Brief: Employment expectations of university students in Mozambique
Results from a baseline survey
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 Article: Occupational segregation by race in South Africa after Apartheid
Open access | This article investigates progress in reducing the high level of racial stratification of occupations after apartheid in South Africa.
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-3
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to contribute to the implementation, and monitoring of the Inclusive Growth in Mozambique – Scaling-Up Research and Capacity programme. The position will be...
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
NewsNew data on income inequality – WIID4 released
The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database ― widely known by its acronym WIID ― presents information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. The WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality...
Working PaperInequality in China: Development, transition, and policy
In this paper we describe the major trends in China’s income inequality over the past 40 years and explain them as the outcome of four interleaved stories...China Inequality Development Economics
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...
BlogResearch that matters: A report from the stakeholder workshop - 15 November 2018, Pretoria, South Africa
I found myself in the third-floor conference rooms of a Pretoria hotel for a meeting with economists, researchers, and policymakers involved in the SA-TIED programme ...Economic inequality Data revolution Tax
Working PaperAssessing the quality of the income data used in SAMOD, a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model
In this paper we explore the income data in two surveys that underpin a South African tax-benefit microsimulation model...Tax-benefit microsimulation Income distribution data
Call for papersWIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP: Transforming 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 (UNESCAP) will organize a three-day conference on transforming...
PresentationMinistry for Foreign Affairs hosts farewell lecture by Finn Tarp
BlogThe ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information
The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...Industrialization Poverty Jobs
Working PaperWelfare dynamics in rural Viet Nam: Learning from regular, high-quality panel data
While many studies of welfare dynamics have been conducted using panel data sets with two or three waves, much richer insights can be obtained where more waves are available...Welfare dynamics Panel survey Panel data analysis
BlogRethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day
This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...Industrialization structural change Industrial policy
ConferenceTransforming economies - for better jobs
ProjectSouthern 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...
BlogHorizontal inequality: Exploring persistence and change
A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications...
BlogFrom PhD Fellow to President: (of Colpensiones, Colombia’s public pension and social security administrator) – Juan Villa
Four years ago, in 2014, Juan Villa spent three months at UNU-WIDER in our PhD Fellowship Programme...Social protection Public policy UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship
ProjectWIID - World Income Inequality Database
The World Income Inequality Database (WIID) presents information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. It provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be downloaded for...
Working PaperMozambique—bust before boom: Reflections on investment surges and new gas
This paper is a sequel to an earlier paper that looked in broad terms at many of the issues that Mozambique faces today in managing its new extractive resources...Economic diversification Economic transformation Extractive industries
Blog‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century
During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
Working PaperEthnicity and risk sharing network formation: Evidence from rural Viet Nam
Ethnic inequality remains a persistent challenge for Viet Nam. This paper aims at better understanding this ethnic gap through exploring the formation of risk sharing networks in rural areas...Risk-sharing network Homophily Ethnic inequality
BlogDevelopment policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogTax havens - What is the nature of the beast?
International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough?...corporate income tax Taxation Law and legislation (Taxation)
Working PaperAsian development after the Asian Drama
Inspired by Gunnar Myrdal’s core concepts discussed in his seminal work, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , published in 1968, this paper analyses the opening-up experiences of three Asian countries (China, India, and Malaysi...Economic openness Operational controls Strategic integration
BlogPoverty and inequality – twins or just siblings?
Sitting in the large conference room where we are being invited to ‘Think WIDER’ at the WIDER Development Conference this September...Poverty and inequality Poverty Inequality
Journal ArticlePoverty dynamics and graduation from conditional cash transfers: A transition model for Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera program
The effects of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) on poverty and well-being have been widely studied. However, there is limited knowledge on how a CCT should respond to the dynamics of poverty...Panel analysis Poverty Measurement (Poverty)
Annual LectureWIDER 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...
NewsUNU-WIDER welcomes new board members
UNU-WIDER is pleased to announce that Professors Ann E. Harrison , Justin Yifu Lin , and Benno Ndulu will join the WIDER Board in January 2019. All three new board members are prominent development economists who have worked closely with UNU-WIDER...
NewsUNU-WIDER congratulates the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics on its inauguration
The Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (GSE) was inaugurated on 24 October at an opening ceremony that took place at the University of Helsinki. The goal of the new school is to strengthen and broaden the field of economic research in Finland. As...research Think tanks
Working PaperEarnings polarization, ethnicity, and regional perspective in Indonesia
Recently, quantitative methods have been increasingly used in ethnicity research, which traditionally has relied mainly on qualitative methods...Ethnicity Earnings inequality Regional characteristics