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
How is COVID-19 changing development? A WIDER Webinar Series
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Working PaperWorker retraining and transfer payments: The political economy of social protection
We conduct an incentive-theoretical analysis of political economy considerations in the design of social protection programmes in developing countries to accompany economic reforms...Political economy Social protection Transfer payments
ProjectTowards inclusive development in Myanmar
Theme: TransformationInclusive growth Economic reform Industrial policy
ConferenceUNU-WIDER International Development Conference in collaboration with the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM): Institutional Reforms for Transformation, Inclusion, and Sustainability
Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and environmental sustainability are core 21st century development challenges in both low- and middle-income countries. Every country has its own institutional history with an evolving balance between the...
In the news this month, Kaushik Basu was appointed Chief Economist of the World Bank. Justin Yifu Lin founder and first director of the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) and Tilman Brück to Lead SIPRI in Stockholm The recent...Globalization Labor Poverty
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 1 - The New Institutional Economics and its contribution to improving our understanding of the transition problem
Although a growing number of emerging democracies and other systems are turning to free market policies to spur their economic growth, many of them are finding that these policies are not always successful.