In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
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Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
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Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
752 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogThe COVID-19 crisis, informal workers, and gender — understanding the intersections
The COVID-19 crisis — the pandemic, restrictions, and recession — has not been a grand leveler...Equality and inequality COVID-19 Gender
PresentationUNU-WIDER at International Economic Association World Congress
UNU-WIDER’s research project 'The changing nature of work and inequality' will have a special live session at the IEA World Congress Indonesia 2021. Finn Tarp and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa will also present on ‘The Role of Redistribution in the Inequality...
NewsRachel Gisselquist at Expert Group Meetings of the 2021 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Rachel Gisselquist will attend Expert Group Meetings (EGMs) on 19–20 May 2021 in preparation for the 2021 United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Rachel is a Senior Research Fellow and expert on inequality who...SDGs Equality and inequality
Journal ArticleStabbed in the back?: Mandated political representation and murders
This study provides the first country-wide research evidence that an affirmative action policy may induce a backlash. I exploit the timing of the implementation of castebased electoral quotas across and within the states of India...Caste Crime Equality and inequality
BlogOver 2 billion workers globally are informal — what should we do about it?
Informality is a pervasive phenomenon in the labour markets of developing countries. Two billion workers, representing 61.2 per cent of the world’s employed population, are in informal employment ...Informal poor Labour market outcomes Equality and inequality
NewsNew release of the World Income Inequality Database — new WIID version includes companion datasets to improve study of global inequality
The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database ― widely known by its acronym WIID ― provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. It presents detailed information on income inequality for developed, developing, and...Equality and inequality WIID
PresentationCarlos Gradín presents session at the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities Final Conference
What do we know about socio-economic inequalities in emerging and developing countries? How are they changing? What are the causes and consequences? How can they be reduced? How can they be taken into account in development policies in the current...
Panel discussionA UNU-WIDER special panel on inequality — measurement, implications, and influencing change
NewsUNU-WIDER releases new version of the World Income Inequality Database Equality and inequality WIID
Journal ArticleGlobal inequality: How large is the effect of top incomes?
Despite the growing interest in global inequality, assessing inequality trends is a major challenge because individual data on income or consumption is not often available...Inequality Income distribution Top incomes
Journal ArticleInequality in Education and Wealth in Tanzania: A 25-Year Perspective
Part of Journal Special Issue Horizontal inequality in the Global SouthEducation Equality and inequality Wealth
Journal ArticleVertical and Horizontal Inequality in Ecuador: The Lack of Sustainability
Part of Journal Special Issue Horizontal inequality in the Global SouthEquality and inequality Poverty Sustainable development
Journal ArticleThe Effects of the Value-Added Tax on Revenue and Inequality
This paper examines the impact of the introduction of the value-added tax on inequality and government revenues using newly released macro data...Economic development Equality and inequality Taxation
Journal ArticleEthnic fragmentation, public good provision and inequality in India, 1988–2012
Part of Journal Special Issue Horizontal Inequality: Persistence and ChangeEducation Equality and inequality Healthcare