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Journal Article
The 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
Seminar
WIDER-Webinar-image from UNDP-Bangladesh-COVID19 Myles Wickstead on the changing face of aid and development
8 December 2020 16:00
Open for registration
Blog
Promoting 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 Paper
What 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
Article
UNU-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...

Blog
The 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 Paper
Pandemics 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
Blog
Headline 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 Paper
Horizontal 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
News
UNU-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
Virgyl Sowah, Unsplash, African Cities
Policy Brief
Mining 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
Blog
Changing 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 Brief
Monetary policy and firm size in South Africa

Small firms are more sensitive to changes in interest rates...

credit channel Firm heterogeneity Financial constraints
Working Paper
Finance, 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 Lecture
UN 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...

26 October 2020
Past event
AL24 event image
Research Brief
Are 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 Issue
Involuntary 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
Blog
The 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
About
Domestic 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
Blog
Data 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 Article
COVID-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 Paper
Progress 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
Vacancies
Web Developer

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong web and systems development skills to join the institute’s ICT Team.

Reference number: 2020/UNU/WIDER/PSA/WD/53
Open until position is filled
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News
Call 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 Brief
Are employees in Vietnamese SMEs compensated for working in unfavourable conditions? Vulnerability Working conditions Wage differentials
Research Brief
Wage 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
News
In 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 Paper
Polarization 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
UNU-WIDER work programme 2019-2023: Transforming economies, states, and societies

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...

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