Request for research proposals: Analysis on firms and taxation using micro data from Uganda
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER have established a secure research lab in the premises of URA. Want to do research using quality-assured administrative tax data? See the Request for Research Proposals
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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
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Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants
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ConferenceReducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES) convenes a three-day conference on reducing inequality, held in Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022...
Journal ArticlePromoting education under distortionary taxation: Equality of opportunity versus welfarism
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | A common claim in the policy discourse is that a government wishing to achieve equality of opportunity should use public provision of education for equalisation of opportunities rather than income taxation, which only ...Educational subsidies Equality of opportunity Income tax
Panel discussionUNU-WIDER at ISA 2022 Annual Convention
UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino and Research Associate Rute Martins Caeiro join in a virtual panel discussion Trust and Governance in Unstable Democracies on 29 March 2022 14:00 - 15:30 (UTC-5) as part of the International Studies...
Journal ArticleSnakes and ladders and loaded dice: Poverty dynamics and inequality in South Africa between 2008 and 2017
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | Longitudinal surveys allow us to understand how markers of (dis)advantage determine present material welfare and economic upward or downward mobility over time...Economic inequality Poverty Dynamics Social stratification
SeminarBrian Levy and Alan Hirsch on the challenge of economic inclusion in South Africa
BlogVirtuous circles and downward spirals: The power of ideas & the limits of technocracy
What will it take to shake loose the distemper of our times, and initiate a virtuous spiral of renewal?...Sustainable development Institutional quality Democracy
SeminarLuis Felipe López Calva on inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean
Policy seminarSA-TIED policy dialogue – Macroeconomics and inequality in South Africa
PresentationSOUTHMOD presented at the IAB seminar series
The Institute for Employment Research ( IAB ) is hosting an online seminar series " Corona - leveler or amplifier of social and economic inequality? ". The weekly seminar series aims to bring together empirically rigorous contributions...
SeminarSA-TIED seminar on pension-related tax expenditures
On 03 May the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on pension-related tax expenditures. The presentation will be given by Agustin Redonda and Chris Axelson under the SA-TIED project work stream on Public revenue for inclusive development ...
Project workshop3rd Annual workshop: Inequality and governance in unstable democracies – the mediating role of trust
BlogNew WIID Companion to improve the study of inequality
There is a growing need to understand income inequality trends and how they interplay with other social, economic, and political outcomes, both at the country level and worldwide...Inequality Equality Economic inequality
Working PaperThe social psychology of economic inequality
In this review, I provide an overview of the literature investigating the social psychology of economic inequality, focusing on individuals’ understandings, perceptions, and reactions to inequality...Inequality Economic inequality Psychological aspects (Economics)
Research BriefDoes exchange rate volatility amplify existing inequalities in South Africa?
Even though poverty and inequality have been of overriding concern in South Africa’s development policies and programmes since its democratization in 1994, measures of poverty, inequality, and related phenomena in the country do not show a clea...Functional distribution Income distribution Economic inequality
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