Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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Working PaperBacksliding and reversal: The J-Curve revisited
Ian Bremmer published a treatise on the stability of states built on the notion that states fall along a curve resembling a slanted “J” when plotting their stability against openness...Democracy Backsliding Fragile states
Journal ArticleTransitional Justice, Gender Programming, and the UNSCR 1325: African Context and the Case of Kenya
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid for Gender Equality and DevelopmentDemocracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Justice, Administration of
Working PaperOil discoveries and democracy
We evaluate the effect of natural resources on political regimes...Democracy Natural resources
Annual LectureDevelopment research and changing priorities
In 2015 WIDER Annual Lecture 19 was given by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He discussed the overall challenge of sustainable and human-focused development including new and old challenges...Democracy Economic development Economics
BlogDevelopment, democracy and cohesion: Critical essays with insights on Sierra Leone and wider Africa contexts
African countries face huge challenges in building democratic and cohesive societies that will enhance the wellbeing of their citizens...Democracy Economic development Economic policy
BlogJoseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen on the Sustainable Development Goals
World leaders are now meeting at a special UN summit from 25–27 September to formally adopt the SDGs, which will then be implemented from 1 January 2016...Democracy Economic development Human rights
Book ChapterThe Impact of Democracy on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1982-2012
From the book: Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vol. 1...Democracy Democratization Economic development
Journal ArticleThe Middle Class and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Voting
Journal ArticleSouth Africa's Emerging Black Middle Class: A Harbinger of Political Change?
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Ethnic relations
Journal Article“No Bourgeoisie, No Democracy”? The Political Attitudes of the Kenyan Middle Class
Part of Journal Special Issue The Political Economy of Africa's Emergent Middle ClassDemocracy Democratization Voting
Book ChapterDoes Foreign Aid Support Democracy Development?: Aid, Democracy, and Instability from Trade
This study revisits the effect of aid on the quality of institutions and examines the effects of a major source of instability, namely terms-of-trade instability, on the quality of democracy...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid International trade
Book ChapterProtesting for a Better Tomorrow?: Youth Mobilization in Africa
Democracy Political science Social movement
Working PaperSouth Africa’s Emerging Black Middle Class: A Harbinger of Political Change?
South Africa has seen a significant increase in the size of the black middle class in the post-apartheid period, but the attitudinal consequences of indicators of the middle class, as of 2011, are inconsistent and modest in size...Democracy Household survey Income
BlogEconomic Elites, Crises, and Austerity in 21st Century Capitalism
24 September 2014 Andrés Solimano The era of neoliberal capitalism starting by the late 1970s and early 1980s promotes free trade, capital mobility, fragmented migration, privatization, deregulation and marketization...Capitalism Democracy Economic policy
Journal ArticleStyles of Policing and Economic Development in African States
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesDemocracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development