UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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13 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperSocial mobility and inequality between groups
The relationship between social mobility and inequality is well studied in the literature, but far greater attention has been paid to ‘vertical’ than to ‘horizontal’ inequality...Social mobility Horizontal inequality Ethnic inequality
Research BriefThe gender wage gap in post-apartheid South Africa
The World Bank reports that the world loses US$160 trillion in human capital wealth due to gender wage inequality every year. Inequality is not just an issue of fairness...Labour force participation Gender gap wage gap
Working PaperThe wage-setting power of firms: Rent-sharing and monopsony in South Africa
Using administrative tax records from South Africa for the period 2011–14, I find that firm wage premia explain 25 per cent of the total wage variance, 60 per cent of the gender wage gap, and 40 per cent of the gap between workers in the middle...Discrimination Firm effects Income inequality
Working PaperDistributional changes in the gender wage gap in the post-apartheid South African labour market
This paper investigates the evolution of the gender wage gap in South Africa, using the 1993–2015 Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series data set. The changes in the gap are heterogeneous across the wage distribution...Labour force participation Gender gap wage gap
Policy BriefToward gender equity and women’s empowerment
There are three main channels of women’s empowerment: legal or policy reforms, outside economic opportunities, and collective action...Gender Equality Discrimination
BookTowards Gender Equity in Development
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Gender Equality Discrimination
Journal ArticleDiscrimination, Social Capital, and Financial Constraints: The Case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the relationship among gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
BlogAffirmative action policies and South Africa’s racial wage gap
Racial wage inequality and discrimination have pervaded South African society for centuries. Apartheid legislation cemented these disparities by institutionalizing white job reservation and many other unfair practices...Affirmative action Discrimination apartheid
Working PaperDiscrimination, social capital, and financial constraints: The case of Vietnam
This paper examines the relationship between gender, social capital, and access to finance of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in Vietnam...Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
PresentationASREC Europe 2016
The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) held a conference at the University of Copenhagen on 16-17 May 2016.
ProjectDiscrimination and affirmative action - what have we learnt so far?
Theme: InclusionDiscrimination Class Inequality
ProjectDisadvantaged groups and social mobility
This project has three main objectives in line with UNU-WIDER’s tradition in the area of inclusion and horizontal inequality: (1) to shed further light on the extent to which inequalities run along ethnic, gender, and other communal lines; (2...Disadvantaged groups Social mobility Group-based inequality