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18 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperSize matters: measuring the effects of inequality and growth shocks
Understanding the relationship between income inequality and economic growth is of utmost importance to economists and social scientists...Inequality Growth Bayesian estimation
Working PaperTransforming informal work and livelihoods in China
The informal sector has long been viewed as a locus of the disadvantaged, unskilled, and inexperienced workers in under-developed and developing economies...China Informal sector Livelihoods
Working PaperInvestigating the fiscal resource curse: What’s China got to do with it?
The term fiscal resource curse refers to countries’ inability to raise taxes from a broad base in the presence of natural resources...China Infrastructure Natural resources
Working PaperStructural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth in China
In this paper, we analyse the relationship between China’s structural transformation and the inclusiveness of its economic growth...Inequality Education Migration
Working PaperSocial mobility in China: A case study of a quantitative sociological approach to social mobility research in the Global South
This study analyses intergenerational class mobility in China as a case study of a quantitative sociological approach to social mobility research in the Global South...Social mobility Gender Log-linear models
Journal ArticleThe Intergenerational Impact of China's New Rural Pension Scheme
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthChina Intergenerational Mobility Pensions
Working PaperChina and the United States: Different economic models but similarly low levels of socioeconomic mobility
The United States and China are the world’s largest economies. Together they are responsible for about one-third of the world’s economic output...Intergenerational Mobility Equality of opportunity Education
SeminarWeiWei Chen on the political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia
WeiWei Chen will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 20 November 2019. Abstract - The political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia: a case study of Eastern Industry Park Conventional wisdom sees a large role for Chinese state-owned...
Journal ArticleSouth‐South Irregular Migration: The Impacts of China's Informal Gold Rush in Ghana
Part of Journal Special Issue Migration Governance and Policy in the Global SouthGhana China Gold rush
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
Working PaperSouth-South labour migration and the impact of the informal China-Ghana gold rush 2008–13
This paper examines irregular South-South migration from China to Ghana, and the role it has played in transforming livelihoods and broader developmental landscapes...Ghana China Gold rush
Working PaperSmoothing or strengthening the ‘Great Gatsby curve’?: The intergenerational impact of China’s New Rural Pension Scheme
We examine the heterogeneous and dynamic impact of China’s New Rural Pension Scheme on intergenerational wealth dependence using a nationally representative longitudinal household survey covering the period 2011–13...China Intergenerational Mobility Pensions
Working PaperRecords of medical malpractice litigation: A potential indicator of healthcare quality in China
Objective: To assess the characteristics and incidence of medical litigation in China and the potential usefulness of the records of such litigation as an indicator of healthcare quality...China Medical litigation Medical malpractice
Working PaperThe effects of Chinese import penetration on firm innovation: Evidence from the Vietnamese manufacturing sector
This paper evaluates the impact of Chinese import penetration on the innovation of Vietnamese manufacturing firms from 2011 to 2015, exploiting variations in import exposure by industry specialization and instrumenting for Chinese import penetration ...China Manufacturing Innovation
PresentationGlobal Interpersonal Inequality - What do we know?
PresentationAid to Africa and the Changing Context
Peking University National School of Development, UNU-WIDER, African Development Bank and World Bank meeting of contributors to the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Beijing, China. Presented by Finn Tarp , Director of UNU-WIDER. Presentation