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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.
11 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterA Cacophony of Policy Responses: Evidence from Fourteen Countries During the 2007/08 Food Price Crisis
From the book: Food Price Policy in an Era of Market InstabilityAgriculture Decision making (Finance, Public) Food security
Working PaperThe Rise and Fall of Decentralization in Contemporary Uganda
There has long been an emphasis on the importance of decentralization in providing better quality public services in the developing world...Decision making (Finance, Public) Local government Public goods
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (March 2013)
Tony Addison This month saw UNU-WIDER in Stockholm for the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which took place at Sida on 13 March...Decision making (Finance, Public) Econometric models (Economic development) Agriculture
Working PaperA Cacophony of Policy Responses: Evidence from Fourteen Countries During the 2007/08 Food Price Crisis
Phenomenal increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008 caused governments around the globe to panic...Agriculture Decision making (Finance, Public) Food security
Book ChapterIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentDecision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Book ChapterMeasurement and Explanation of Inequality in Health and Healthcare in Low-Income Settings
From the book: Health Inequality and DevelopmentEquality and inequality Decision making (Finance, Public) Health
Working PaperIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
An ethnographic approach is applied to Cameroon customs in order to explore the role and the capacity of the bureaucratic elites to reform their institution...Decision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Book ChapterChina's Economic Growth: Trajectories and Evolving Institutions
From the book: Southern Engines of Global GrowthEconomic development Decision making (Finance, Public) Institutional economics
Working PaperChina’s Economic Growth: Trajectories and Evolving Institutions
This paper investigates the institutional reason underlying the change in the trajectory of economic growth in post-reform China, and argues that the trajectory of growth was much more normal during the period of 1978-89 than in the post-1989 era...Economic development Decision making (Finance, Public) Institutional economics
Working PaperMeasurement and Explanation of Inequality in Health and Health Care in Low-Income Settings
This paper describes approaches to the measurement and explanation of income-related inequality and inequity in health care financing, health care utilization and health and considers the applicability and the feasibility of these methods in low-inco...Equality and inequality Decision making (Finance, Public) Health
Working PaperTransaction Cost Politics, Institutions for Commitment and Rent Seeking
In developing countries, particularly in those countries that have experienced declining growth rates, institutional failure (bad policies) is closely related to development failure and growth collapses...Decision making (Finance, Public) Game theory Transaction costs