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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Working PaperWho demands labour (de)regulation in the developing world?: Insider–outsider theory revisited
Contrary to the predictions of the insider–outsider model, we show that the large majority of outsiders in developing countries support, rather than oppose, protective labour regulations...Formal and informal Labour Labour market segmentation
Working PaperLinking taxation and social protection: Evidence on redistribution and poverty reduction in Ethiopia
The reduction of poverty, and more recently inequality, are pressing concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, not in the least as a result of the Sustainable Development Goals committing countries to significant improvements by 2030...Equity Income tax Taxation
BlogTaxation: Inequality, Equity, and Efficiency – An Interview with Michael Keen
8 October 2014 by Roger Williamson Michael Keen from the International Monetary Fund addressed the UNU-WIDER Development Conference in September 2014 “Equity Objectives and Puzzles in Linking Tax and Spending”...Government policy (Poor) Equality and inequality Equity
BlogRising Inequality – How to Reverse It?
30 October 2014 Dominik Etienne and Annett Victorero The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-income concentration on economic development and wellbeing...Economic development Economic growth Economic policy
Working PaperCan Climate Finance Achieve Gender Equity in Developing Countries?
We develop the climate finance-gender equity framework in this paper and use the ‘contextual-procedural-distributive’ equity as a lens of analysis to examine how climate finance helps challenge, and reinforce, gender inequities in the mit...Sociological aspects (Economics) Environmental economics Equity
Working PaperConcepts and Operationalization of Pro-Poor Growth
Growth that reduces poverty is often considered pro-poor regardless of whether the poor benefit from it more than the non-poor. Such growth could simply be termed poverty-reducing growth...Economic development Equity Income distribution
Working PaperDevelopment of Financial Intermediation and the Dynamics of Rural-Urban Inequality: China, 1978-98
Using China as a test case, this paper empirically investigates how the development of financial intermediation affects rural-urban income disparity (RUID)...Banks and banking, Central Economic planning Equity
Working PaperDevelopment Policy: An Introduction for Students
This paper discusses development policy objectives, noting how these have changed over the years, with a more explicit focus on poverty reduction coming recently to the fore...Economic development Equity Poverty
Book ChapterEconomic Policy, Distribution, and Poverty: The Nature of Disagreements
From the book: Growth, Inequality and PovertyEconomic development Economic policy Equity
Working PaperIdiosyncratic Risk in the 1990s: Is It an IT Story?
This paper examines trends in idiosyncratic risk in different ‘new economy’ and ‘old economy’ industries, and explores whether these developments can be attributed to the use of IT...Capital market Equity Information technology
Book ChapterCost Recovery and Equity in the Health Sector: The Case of Zimbabwe
From the book: Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesEquity Financial crisis Health care
Book ChapterRegional Integration on Uneven Terms: The Case of Mexico within NAFTA
From the book: National Perspectives on the New Regionalism in the NorthEquity Free trade International economic relations
Book ChapterRegional Integration - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Entity: In Whose Interest?
From the book: National Perspectives on the New Regionalism in the SouthEconomic integration Equity International economic relations
Book ChapterOpenness, Financial Innovation, Changing Patterns of Ownership, and the Structure of Financial Markets
From the book: Financial Openness and National AutonomyEconomic policy Equity Finance