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The new database provides crucial information on changes in the economic structure of economies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Preliminary findings suggest a trend reversal in many developing countries towards industrialization. Read more
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
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Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
UNU-WIDER organized a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa, recordings and presentations now available
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
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SeminarFrançois Bourguignon on COVID-19 and inequality
NewsLife with Corona survey is now available in 27 languages
Life with Corona survey has been tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world for almost a year now. Tens of thousands of people have already contributed their views. The online questionnaire takes just 10 minutes to...COVID-19
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at a UNU-WIDER conference
UNU-WIDER organized a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa on 11-12 February 2021. The preliminary results of an ongoing SOUTHMOD study were presented on the second day of the conference. The conference Development...
ConferenceDevelopment challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Working PaperThe labour market impact of COVID-19 lockdowns: Evidence from Ghana
In this paper, we provide causal evidence of the impact of stringent lockdown policies on labour market outcomes at both the extensive and intensive margins, using Ghana as a case study...COVID-19 Lockdown Employment
Journal ArticleHealth-system equity, egalitarian democracy and COVID-19 outcomes: An empirical analysis
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spate of studies showing a close connection between inequitable access to health care, welfare services and adverse outcomes from the pandemic...COVID-19 Healthcare Healthcare access
Working PaperThe role of automatic stabilizers and emergency tax–benefit policies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador
This paper makes use of tax–benefit microsimulation techniques to quantify the distributional effects of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the role of tax–benefit policies in mitigating the immediate impact of the economic shocks...COVID-19 Microsimulation Poverty
Working PaperEstimates of multidimensional poverty for India using NSSO-71 and -75
We measure multidimensional poverty in India using National Sample Survey Organization data from 2014–15 to 2017–18. We use income, health, education, and standard of living to measure the multidimensional poverty index (MPI)...Multidimensional poverty index Income Poverty
In the mediaUNU-WIDER expert interviewed on COVID-19 impacts on trust in governments in Finnish development magazine COVID-19
SeminarMyles Wickstead on the changing face of aid and development
Working PaperDo bigger health budgets cushion pandemics?: An empirical test of COVID-19 deaths across the world
How has government healthcare spending prepared countries for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic? Arguably, spending is the primary policy tool of governments in providing effective health...COVID-19 Healthcare Healthcare expenditure
SeminarDaria Taglioni on international trade and supply chains post COVID-19
BlogHeadline 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
BlogThe 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 PaperHorizontal 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