Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
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Annual Report 2021
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112 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarK.A.S. Murshid on The Odds Revisited: Overcoming Underdevelopment - Lessons from the Bangladesh Journey
Working PaperWartime governance and state-building trajectories in post-conflict societies
To date, there is limited understanding about the consequences of wartime dynamics for post-war state-building processes...Political violence War Conflict
PresentationJukka Pirttilä on personal income tax reform in Uganda
Jukka Pirttilä , UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, gives a presentation at the Tax for Development webinar series on 5 April 2022 (CET). The webinar series is hosted by Chr. Michelsen Institute . The topic of Pirttilä's...
LectureKunal Sen on institutions and development
UNU-WIDER Director Kunal Sen gives a lecture to the staff of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis ( KIPPRA ). The topic of the lecture is Institutions and development. In his presentation Kunal Sen will discuss the role of...
Working PaperAid's impact on democracy
This paper investigates the impact of foreign aid on democratic outcomes using a panel of countries for the period between 1995 and 2018...Foreign aid Democracy Democracy aid
Working PaperTax effort revisited: new estimates from the Government Revenue Dataset
Attention on domestic resource mobilization—particularly in developing countries—has increased significantly in recent years...Tax effort Domestic revenue mobilization Tax
LectureIEA seminar — Digital Technologies: Limits and Opportunities for Economic Development
A discussion featuring Dani Rodrik, Daren Acemoglu, Mahdi Ghodsi, Kunal Sen, Albert Park, and Haroon Bhorat. These leading economists discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the role of technology in shaping welfare outcomes in developing...
Journal ArticleData deprivations, data gaps and digital divides: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
This study draws lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for the relationship between data-driven decision making and global development...Data science Data Artificial intelligence
Working PaperClientelism, public goods provision, and governance
It is widely believed that clientelism—the giving of material goods in return for electoral support—is associated with poorer development outcomes...Clientelism Development Benefit programmes
Project workshopTax and development workshop
The Tax and Development workshop will bring together researchers, tax experts and practitioners to exchange experiences on using administrative tax data in their respective countries for research purposes. The event will be attended by 40 experts...
BlogData for better tax policy analysis: Introducing the latest version of the Government Revenue Dataset
Thanks to the updated version of the Government Revenue Dataset ( GRD ) we are now able to gain a clear picture of tax and other revenue trends in over 190 countries over the past four decades, up until 2018...Government revenue Taxation Data
BlogNobel Peace Prize acknowledges link between preventing hunger and promoting peace
Professor Patricia Justino is a leading expert on the links between political violence and economic development. Her work has greatly expanded knowledge about the intersection between poverty, food insecurity, and conflict...Conflict Peace Hunger
Working PaperData, global development, and COVID-19: Lessons and consequences
The COVID-19 pandemic holds at least seven lessons for the relationship between data-driven decision making, the use of artificial intelligence, and development...Data science Data Artificial intelligence