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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.
121 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperColonial origin, ethnicity, and intergeneration mobility in Africa
This paper estimates the relationship between differences in skills measured among within-country ethnic groups and individual human capital accumulation in eight African countries...Colonialism Education Ethnicity
Book ChapterUnemployment, Employment and Development
From the book: Asian TransformationsLabor Employment Economic growth
Working PaperEmployment and development in Asia
How have economic development, employment, and labour markets in Asian countries interacted since the publication of Myrdal’s Asian Drama?...Labor Employment Economic growth
Working PaperPrivate beats public: A flexible value-added model with Tanzanian school switchers
This paper estimates a private school learning premium in Tanzania by implementing a flexible value-added model with unique administrative data on exam scores...achievement gap education quality Human capital
Working PaperThe interaction of institutional quality and human capital in shaping the dynamics of capital structure in Viet Nam
The aim of this paper is to find which of two theories of capital structure—trade-off theory or pecking order theory—best explains the capital structure decision of non-state firms during the post-transition process in Viet Nam...Capital Structure Human capital Trade-off theory
Working PaperThe long(er)-term impacts of Chile Solidario on human capital and labour income
This paper examines Chile Solidario, a social protection programme that provides poor households in Chile with preferential access to a conditional cash transfer programme designed to facilitate investments in children’s health and education...Conditional cash transfers Human capital Labour income
Working PaperLinks between foreign direct investment and human capital formation: Evidence from the manufacturing sector in India
This paper is related to the literature on the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the labour market of host countries...Foreign Direct Investment Human capital Labour demand
BlogMigration and the transfer of gender and democratic norms
Despite the large attention received in the global development debate over the past years, gender inequalities still strongly persist throughout the world. Similarly, democratic and equal institutions are far from standing firm in all countries...Emigration and immigration Human capital Migration, Internal
Working PaperHuman capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa
This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human-capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid...Equality and inequality Human capital Voting
In the mediaVoxEU policy portal features human capital and growth video series
In July, 2016 UNU-WIDER launched a new video series on human capital and growth in which 12 experts discuss human capital and its relationship to economic and individual growth. This video series is now being featured on the Centre for Economic...Growth Human capital
BlogEnding child marriage and closing the education gap
Women in most parts of the developing world are under-represented in the workplace and poorly paid. One reason for this is the gender gap in education – women tend to be less schooled than men...Education Human capital Women
BlogImproving adult health increases children’s schooling - evidence from Zambia
Both health and education are essential for reducing poverty. Unfortunately, the two are often interlinked and in many countries both are severely lacking...Economic growth Education Health
BlogThe relationship between human capital and economic development -status: It’s complicated
Human capital for development Conventional wisdom on economic growth and development emphasizes the importance of human capital. But is the link between education and income as robust as we think?...Economic growth Human capital
Working PaperGender bias in education during conflict: Evidence from Assam
Using a large-scale novel panel dataset (2005–14) on schools from the Indian state of Assam, we test for the impact of violent conflict on female students’ enrollment rates...Education Equality and inequality Human capital
Working PaperDoes HIV/AIDS matter for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?
Estimating the impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic on economic growth is challenging because of endogeneity concerns...Economic growth Human capital Macroeconomics