Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
16 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperDiscriminatory attitudes and indigenous language promotion: Challenges and solutions
In this paper, we analyse which channels influence individual preferences concerning the choice of the official language in Zambia...Education Equality and inequality History, Local
Working PaperGhana’s experiments with business–government co-ordination
The article explores the various co-ordination mechanisms between the state and the business community in Ghana, and the implications for economic growth in the country...Economic growth History, Local Macroeconomics
Working PaperIncome Inequality in Latin America: Recent Decline and Prospects for Its Further Reduction
The paper reviews the extent of the income inequality decline that took place in Latin America in 2002-10 and then focuses on the factors that may explain such decline...Education Equality and inequality Fiscal policy
BlogReversing Inequality in Latin America
Annett Victorero Latin America has for a long time been synonymous with high inequality, economic instability and authoritarian politics...Equality and inequality History, Local
Journal ArticleA Tale of Entrepreneurship in Two Iraqi Cities
Part of Journal Special Issue Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Violent Conflict in Developing CountriesConflict management Entrepreneurship History, Local
BlogEntrepreneurship in Iraq: Understanding the Constraints
Sameeksha Desai Across countries, entrepreneurship is shown to support wealth and income generation, job creation and innovations in product and process...Conflict management Entrepreneurship History, Local
Book ChapterVulnerability, Poverty and Coping in Zimbabwe
From the book: Vulnerability in Developing CountriesFailed states History, Local Labor
Working PaperVulnerability, Poverty and Coping in Zimbabwe
This paper uses five life histories from three locations in Zimbabwe—one peri-urban, one urban and one rural—to provide a window on current processes of impoverishment and adverse coping...Failed states History, Local Labor
BlogEquity, Economic Growth, and Aid in Finland
by Markus Jantti Finland is now a solid member of the European Union and the OECD. While Finland is not one of the richest countries, as measured by GDP per capita, its economic performance has been quite adequate...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth Equality and inequality
BlogRising Inequality in Post Reform China
by Guanghua Wan Introduction Inequality in income and consumption has been increasing dramatically in China since mid- 1980s. In particular, China’s regional inequality has attracted considerable attention...Equality and inequality History, Local Income distribution
BlogTen Years of the Transition
by Robert J. McIntyre When the transition began in 1989 in the former Socialist economies it was widely assumed that the small enterprise sector would play the predominant role in their transformation into free market economies...Economic development History, Local Post-communism
Working PaperEndettement du Cameroun: Problèmes et Solutions
This paper evaluates Cameroon’s foreign debt situation by analysing its evolution (structure, debt service payment, debt ratio, borrowing conditions, etc.)...Debts, Public Economic policy History, Local
BlogA Lost Half-Decade in Latin America
by Jose Antonio Ocampo With economic activity falling by close to 1 percent in 2002, Latin America will complete a lost half-decade in terms of economic growth. Per capita output for this year will be 2 percent less than in 1997...Economic growth Gross national product History, Local
Book ChapterSocial Provision in Finland: A Historical Perspective
From the book: Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesHistory, Local Income Nonprofit organizations
BlogWhere do we Stand a Decade After the Collapse of the USSR?
by Vladimir Popov The economic performance of the successor states of the former Soviet Union (FSU) has been disappointing. GDP has fallen by roughly 50 per cent in the FSU from its pre-recession level of 1989 (see Figure)...Gross national product History, Local Macroeconomics