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78 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleSouth‐South Irregular Migration: The Impacts of China's Informal Gold Rush in Ghana
This article examines irregular South‐South migration from China to Ghana, and the role it played in transforming livelihoods and broader developmental landscapes...Ghana China Gold rush
In the mediaUNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
Reporting on UNU-WIDER research published in the working paper ‘ Women legislators and economic performance ’, news outlets The Times of India , The Quint , The Diplomat , and more, have published articles discussing the impact of women...Gender Politics Economic growth
Journal ArticleInequality, good governance, and endemic corruption
This article is currently available for early online view. Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption?...Corruption Tax administration data Governance
Journal ArticleBypassing Government: Aid Effectiveness and Malawi’s Local Development Fund
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
BlogNarendra Modi’s performance on the Indian economy: Five key policies assessed
When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in spring 2014 the Indian economy was in the doldrums...demonitisation Political economy Elections
Working PaperInstitutional bypass and aid effectiveness in Africa
Many practical and action-oriented international roadmaps to improve the quality of aid and its delivery and impact on development—including the Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action, and Busan Partnership—emphasize a more active inv...Aid effectiveness Institutions Aid policy
Working PaperA short history of India's economy: A chapter in the Asian drama
This paper is a short history of the Indian economy since 1968. India today is a changed country from what it was half a century ago, when Myrdal published his Asian Drama...Growth Political economy Corruption
Journal ArticleHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in Sub-Saharan Africa?
This article is currently available for early online view. Revenues from taxation gain in importance to finance economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa...Corruption Tax Economic development
Journal ArticleAnti-corruption policy making, discretionary power and institutional quality: An experimental analysis
We analyse policymakers’ incentives to fight corruption under different institutional qualities...Government accountability Corruption Public policy (Law)
Working PaperWomen legislators and economic performance
There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last 20 years...women legislators political representation Corruption
Working PaperInequality, good governance and endemic corruption
Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a ‘culture of evasion’ damages state authority...Corruption Tax administration data Governance
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 PaperFirm-level corruption: Unravelling sand from grease
This paper adds to the recent literature on firm-level corruption by relying on rich data including detailed information on the purpose and amounts of bribe payments among Vietnamese micro, small, and medium firms...Corruption Firm performance Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperHow does petty corruption affect tax morale in sub-Saharan Africa
Revenues from taxation gain importance to finance economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Extortion of bribes by public officials can provide one obstacle for tax compliance...Corruption Tax Economic development
Working PaperDeterrence, peer effect, and legitimacy in anti-corruption policy-making: An experimental analysis
In our framed laboratory experiment, two Public Officials, A and B, make consecutive decisions regarding embezzlement from separate funds. Official B observes Official A’s decision before making their own...Corruption Laboratory experiment Peer effect