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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
125 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterThe interaction of institutional quality and human capital in shaping the dynamics of capital structure
From the book: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in VietnamCapital Structure Human capital Trade-off theory
Working PaperGender, age cohort, and household investment in child schooling: New evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa continues to post one of the highest gender gaps in educational outcomes in the world. Gender gaps in educational outcomes might be attributed to an uneven allocation of household resources towards the schooling of boys and girls...educational expenditures gender bias Human capital
Journal ArticleThe Long(er)‐Term Impacts of Chile Solidario on Human Capital and Labor Income
Part of Journal Special Issue Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global SouthConditional cash transfers Human capital Labour income
Working PaperHuman capital and social mobility in low- and middle-income countries
Parental human capital and endowments may affect children’s human capital, which in turn may affect children’s earning and occupations and thus affect social mobility...Social mobility Human capital Cognitive ability
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 Vietnam
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 Vietnam...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