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
85 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleTargeting Social Transfer Programmes: Comparing Design and Implementation Errors Across Alternative Mechanisms
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid, Social Policy and DevelopmentGovernment policy (Poor) Measurement (Poverty) Methodology (Poverty)
BlogInequality in South Africa - An Interview with Murray Leibbrandt
At the UNU-WIDER Inequality conference September 2014 we interviewed Murray Leibbrandt, Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town on issues of inequality in South Africa...Children Economic policy Education
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
BlogUNU-WIDER Inequality Conference 2014: Country Comparisons and Conceptual Approaches
18 December 2014 Roger Williamson In an earlier article I reviewed a number of the high-profile contributions to the September 2014 conference on inequality . It is now time to dig deeper into the material presented at the event...Comparative economics Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
Policy seminarRising income inequality: trends - and measures to prevent and reverse it
ILO , UNCTAD , and UNU-WIDER invite interested professionals to the policy seminar on ‘Rising income inequality: trends, and measures to prevent and reverse it’. The last decade has witnessed a revival of concern over the impact of high-...
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
BlogVarying Growth Trajectories of the West and the South: The Role of Inequality and Institutions
27 August 2014 Vladimir Popov Modern economic growth started in the West, not because of the efficiency of various capitalist institutions (elimination of serfdom, free cities, universities)...Capitalism Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
PresentationPoverty Dynamics and Graduation from Social Protection: A Markovian Model for Mexico’s Oportunidades Programme
The presentation of the paper by Juan M. Villa and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, ' Poverty Dynamics and Graduation from Social Protection: A Markovian Model for Mexico’s Oportunidades Programme '. At the XXII Annual Meetings of...
BlogMultidimensional Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo
25 June 2014 Malokele Nanivazo After a long series of conflicts and apparent macroeconomic mismanagement, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seems to be breaking from its thorny history...Children Government policy (Poor) Education
Working PaperSocial Transfers and Growth: The Missing Evidence from Luminosity Data
The effects of social transfers on growth are still unclear. The limitations of aggregated data at sub-national levels have confined the analysis to the use of simulation models and household surveys...Economic development Government policy (Poor) Public welfare
BlogThe Nordic Contribution to Development
26 March 2014 Tony Addison The Nordic countries have a long-standing commitment to development, and their work in peace-building has taken Nordic peacemakers into some of the toughest places in the world...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogOpen Access and UNU-WIDER
21 February 2014 Tony Addison Development researchers live in a world where research on development, not just in economics but also political science, environmental science, anthropology (to name just a few areas of inquiry) is abundant...Economic development Government policy (Poor) Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperCan the Context Mediate Macro-Policy Outcomes?: Contextual Differences in the Returns to Bolsa Familia in Brazil
Local institutional and structural (meso) factors can play a role in mediating the returns to a macro-social policy. I focus on the Brazilian cash-transfer-programme Bolsa Familia and check how contextual features influence the returns to transfers...Equality and inequality Institutional economics Government policy (Poor)
Working PaperTargeting Social Transfer Programmes: Comparing Design and Implementation Errors Across Alternative Mechanisms
Identifying the poorest for selection into social transfer programmes is a major challenge facing programme implementers...Government policy (Poor) Measurement (Poverty) Methodology (Poverty)
Book ChapterThe Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Zambia
From the book: Food Price Policy in an Era of Market InstabilityGovernment policy (Poor)
BookFalling Inequality in Latin America: Policy Changes and Lessons
The book aims to document and explain the sizeable decline of income inequality that has taken place in Latin America during the 2000s...Equality and inequality Income Macroeconomics