Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
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.
21 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Policy BriefLearning from a half-century of economic development in Asia
When Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations , in 1968, he was deeply pessimistic about the development prospects in Asia...Development Economics Asia Industrial policy
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
In the mediaWIDER Development Conference in Helsinki draws media attention
The 2018 WIDER development conference, Think development – Think WIDER , took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 13-15 September. The conference focused on the main themes and findings of UNU-WIDER’s research over the last 10 years—...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Event
BlogReflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogWhat is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
BlogDevelopment policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
Conference2018 Nordic conference on development economics
VideoEvaluating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Southern Africa
Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy - Plenary 2Climate change Water use Renewable energy sources
Policy workshopDevelopment finance - a role for foreign assistance
Has foreign aid boosted economic growth on average in developing countries? How and why is the aid landscape changing? What are the key strategic choices ahead for the development community? These and many other questions were discussed in a policy...
SeminarNordic Cooperation towards eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable development for all
Nordic ministers for development cooperation to Helsinki – towards closer cooperation
PresentationThe post-2015 environment: Crafting a current and future research agenda
Presentation at an International workshop by the Director Finn Tarp. ‘The Post-2015 Environment: Crafting a Current and Future Research Agenda...
ProjectExperimental and non-experimental methods to study government performance: contributions and limits
In recent years, field experiments using randomized trials have gained increasing popularity in the field of development economics. In particular, scholars have argued strongly for their use as the best means of identifying ‘what works’...Field experiments Non-experimental methods Governance
SeminarSOAS Seminar on Aid and Development in Asia and Africa
Organised by School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the UK Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The panel of Speakers and Discussants includes: Ernest Aryeetey, Chairperson of the Board of UNU...
ProjectDecentralization and urban service delivery - implications for foreign aid
Theme: 2010-11Foreign aid Decentralization Public sector administration
ProjectForeign aid and democracy in Africa
Theme: 2010-11Foreign aid Development Economics Good governance
SeminarAid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle?
Presentation by Finn Tarp , Director UNU-WIDER, and Tony Addison , Chief Economist and Deputy Director UNU-WIDER See working paper Working Paper 2010/96 Aid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle?