Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
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Annual Report 2021
We look back at our key achievements over 2021 and highlight our recent contributions to the data revolution, SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). Read more
Expert insights on Ukraine
Read expert commentary from the WIDER Network on the situation in Ukraine, drawing from research around the world. Read more
Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants
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1438 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
LectureSocial Mobility in Developing Countries: Pathways for Research and Policy
Kunal Sen gives a keynote address at the Annual Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Conference on Development (ABCD) 2021. The keynote address, on the topic of 'Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Pathways for Research and...
Book ChapterEducational mobility in the developing world
From the book: Social mobility in developing countriesEducational mobility Developing countries Educational expansion
SeminarArkebe Oqubay on the economic implications of COVID-19 crisis for developing countries
BlogWhy do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?
One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
Book ChapterEmpirical challenges comparing inequality across countries: The case of middle-income countries from the LIS database
From the book: Inequality in the Developing WorldEconomic development Equality Middle-income countries
Blog35 years of research for change – what's next?: Building just societies
To celebrate its 35 th birthday, UNU-WIDER has looked back at some of its greatest achievements...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogThe developer’s dilemma in India – the role of politics and economic ideology
Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality...Structural transformation Economic inequality Economic development
BlogLate development, early adoption – how new technology is reshaping the future of structural change
Technological catch-up is bringing new asynchronies to development pathways. What does this mean for employment, globalization, and inequality?...Structural transformation Technology Developer's dilemma
Working PaperRule of law and judicial independence
The rule of law and judicial independence are a project yet to be achieved in Mozambique...Economic development Rule of law Judicial independence
Working PaperFrom fiscal stabilization to economic diversification: A developmental approach to managing resource revenues
The management of revenues from exhaustible natural resources involves a number of challenges...Commodity dependence Economic development Natural resources
BlogDouble dividends and mixed blessings: What would the pioneers of development economics make of new trends in developing economies?
Today, we see clear trends in developing countries of a potentially troubling ‘new normal’ for economic development. We see tertiarization with rising inequality. We see urbanization without growth...Structural transformation Economic development
Working PaperThe global distribution of routine and non-routine work
Studies of the effects of technology and globalization on employment and inequality commonly assume that occupations are identical around the world in the job tasks they require...De-routinization Economic development Global division of labour
Project workshopVirtual workshop on the changing nature of work and inequality
The changing nature of work and inequality project will hold a workshop online to discuss research in progress on 24-26 March via Zoom. The original workshop to be convened in Tunis, Tunisia has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Country-...
Working PaperThe developer’s dilemma: A survey of structural transformation and inequality dynamics
This paper discusses the ‘developer’s dilemma’—a tension emerging from the fact that developing countries are simultaneously seeking structural transformation and broad-based growth to raise incomes of the poor...Income inequality Structural transformation Economic development
Working PaperIs there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies
States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...State capacity Fiscal capacity Resource curse
ProjectStructural transformation — old and new paths to economic development
Theme: Transforming economiesStructural transformation Economic development