Migration and mobility – new frontiers for research and policy
WIDER Development Conference jointly organized with ARUA, 5-6 October 2017, in Accra, Ghana
Public economics for development
This WIDER Development Conference focuses on the lessons from modern public and development economics which can guide policy makers to reform tax and public provision systems.
Tax and development - What can we learn from the Finnish experience?
This seminar, held on July 7 in Maputo, will examine the relevance of the Finnish development experience from the Mozambican perspective.
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.
Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
This new Open Access book provides detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys that have been ongoing for more than three decades.
72 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperIs inequality underestimated in Mozambique?: Accounting for underreported consumption
Household budget surveys in sub-Saharan Africa are designed to facilitate poverty measurement and may fail to fully capture consumption in wealthy households. As a result, inequality is likely underestimated...Consumption underreporting Household surveys Inequality
BlogTaking steps to overcome inequality in South Africa
Engagement is needed at all levels to address ongoing inequality faced in South Africa. This was the primary aim of a recent policy seminar in Pretoria, organized through the framework of the Mandela Initiative and partners, including UNU-WIDER...Inequality development policy Structural transformation
Working PaperLoyalty, trust, and glass ceiling: The gender effect on microcredit renewal
Whereas most research into microfinance tends to focus on the impact of access to such services, very little pays attention to what happens over time once a person becomes a client...Gender Microfinance Inequality
Working PaperHuman capital, labour market outcomes, and horizontal inequality in Guatemala
With the second largest indigenous population by percentage in Latin America, Guatemala is an important case for understanding horizontal inequality and indigenous politics...Inequality Ethnicity Schooling
Working PaperAnti-discrimination measures in education: A comparative policy analysis
Efforts to tackle discrimination in access to basic services have shown mixed results in different country settings...Inequality Anti-discrimination measures Poverty
Working PaperFiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in developing nations
There is scant analysis on the causal relationship between fiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in the developing world...fiscal capacity Inequality Institutions
Working PaperRegime type, inequality, and redistributive transfers in developing countries
The debate on whether democracy and inequality increase the level of redistribution is ongoing. We construct a model that predicts higher probability of redistribution in democracies than autocracies through social transfers...regime type Redistribution Inequality
BlogLeading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality
Building a great big wall will not close the gap. Jorge Duenes/Reuters US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state ...Inequality immigration Refugees
Working PaperLabour demand and the distribution of wages in South African manufacturing exporters
This paper contributes to the understanding of the linkages between exporting, labour demand, and wages in South Africa...Exporters Firm-level analysis Labour demand
Working PaperEthnic inequality and community activities in Indonesia
For the first time in Indonesia, we jointly analyse several economic statistics and ethnic diversity indicators at national and local levels...Community activities Ethnic diversity Inequality
Working PaperFiscal policy, inequality, and the poor in the developing world
NOTE | Revised version August 2017 available. View and download the revised version . Using comparable fiscal incidence analysis, this paper examines the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in 25 countries for around 2010...Fiscal incidence Social spending Inequality
In the mediaBlog post on poverty in Mozambique grabs the attention of Mail & Guardian Africa
The release of the Mozambique’s Fourth Poverty Assessment in late October in Maputo has brought good news to Mozambique. Despite recent economic and political challenges, the findings of the report show significant gains in the fight to reduce...Poverty Inequality Mozambique
Working PaperRedistribution, inequality and political participation: Evidence from Mexico during the 2008 financial crisis
This paper explores the relationship between a large government cash transfer programme, changes in inequality, and political participation in Mexico...Conditional cash transfers Inequality Mexico
Working PaperCash transfers in Latin America: Effects on poverty and redistribution
In this paper, we present comparative evidence for eight Latin American countries regarding design and effects of cash transfers (CTs)...Cash transfers Child poverty Inequality
Working PaperRedistribution around the world: Causes and consequences
This paper re-examines the determinants and consequences of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality