Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
Research and policy briefs
Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
10 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
SeminarInmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso on gender gap and firm performance in developing countries
Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 10 October 2019. Abstract – Gender gap and firm performance in developing countries This paper uses firm-level data from the World Bank Enterprise Survey (WBES) to...
Research BriefThe gender wage gap in post-apartheid South Africa
The World Bank reports that the world loses US$160 trillion in human capital wealth due to gender wage inequality every year. Inequality is not just an issue of fairness...Labour force participation Gender gap wage gap
Journal ArticleSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer–employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2018 Qualitative Study
The purpose of this report is to give a nuanced picture of the SME business environment in Myanmar as a complement to the 2017 MSME quantitative survey conducted within the project ‘ Towards Inclusive Development in Myanmar ’...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector
Working PaperDistributional changes in the gender wage gap in the post-apartheid South African labour market
This paper investigates the evolution of the gender wage gap in South Africa, using the 1993–2015 Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series data set. The changes in the gap are heterogeneous across the wage distribution...Labour force participation Gender gap wage gap
Journal ArticleSocial norms and female labor participation in Brazil
Part of Journal Special Issue Female Autonomy and Women’s WelfareFemale labour force Gender gap Identity
Working PaperPuzzle me this?: The Vietnamese reverse gender education gap
We investigate within the context of Vietnam how circumstances at age 15 or 16 relate to completion of upper secondary education four years later...Gender Education access to education
Working PaperSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer-employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability
Working PaperGender identity and female labour supply in Brazil
Over the last half-century, the role of women in society has changed substantially. However, the gender income gap and the difference in labour force participation persist...Female labour force Gender gap Identity
Working PaperGender divide in agricultural productivity in Mozambique
In this study we analyze the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Mozambique applying the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition approach on data from four agricultural surveys between 2002 and 2012...Gender gap Agricultural productivity Mozambique