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Working PaperWage inequality under inflation-targeting in South Africa
This paper aims at providing new evidence over the effect of conventional monetary policy shocks on wage inequality through the earnings heterogeneity channel under the inflation-targeting regime implemented in South Africa since 2000...Earnings Earnings inequality Inequality
Working PaperUnequal expectations: Gender inequality in salary expectations of university students
Students’ expectations about their future wages are established in the literature as relevant determinants of the choices made for education progression and, at the university level, for the area and course to be studied...Inequality inequality decomposition Stratification
Working PaperCOVID-19: macroeconomic dimensions in the developing world
The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global crisis. The task for economic policy is to help keep people alive, enterprises afloat, and households out of poverty. The pandemic has macroeconomic dimensions...commodities COVID-19 Debts
Working PaperWage polarization in a high-inequality emerging economy: The case of South Africa
Earnings growth in South Africa displayed a U-shaped pattern across the earnings percentiles between 2000 and 2015, resembling wage polarization in the industrialized world...Inequality Minimum wage recentered influence function
Working PaperStructural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth in South Africa
This paper evaluates structural change, inequality dynamics, and industrial policy in South Africa between 1960 and the present day...Structural transformation Inclusive growth South Africa
Working PaperBenign growth: Structural transformation and inclusive growth in Thailand
Between 1981 and 2017, real gross domestic product in Thailand grew at an average annual rate of 5.7 per cent. Agricultural output grew more slowly than industry or services, and its gross domestic product share consequently declined...Inclusive growth Inequality Poverty reduction
Working PaperStructural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh economy has undergone significant structural changes over the last four decades. The share of agriculture in GDP has declined, while the significance of industry and service sectors has increased...Bangladesh Structural transformation Inclusive growth
Journal ArticleThe Determinants of Redistribution around the World
This study re-examines the determinants of redistribution in light of improved data and methods relative to earlier literature...Cross-country analysis Growth Inequality
Panel discussionA UNU-WIDER special panel on inequality — measurement, implications, and influencing change
Working PaperStructural transformation, inequality, and inclusive growth in China
In this paper, we analyse the relationship between China’s structural transformation and the inclusiveness of its economic growth...Inequality Education Migration
Working PaperShifting from deductions to credits: Unpacking the distributional effects of medical expenditure considerations in South Africa
The recent National Health Insurance White Paper proposes redirection of medical tax credits revenue towards the financing of the national health insurance...medical tax credit medical expenses tax deductions
Working PaperKuznets’ tension in India: Two episodes
Developing countries face a trade-off between the twin objectives of structural transformation and inclusive growth. This is the ‘developer’s dilemma’...developer's dilemma India Inequality
Policy seminarPolitical economy of ethnic inequalities and exclusion: Implications for development policy
The Chief Economist Team at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) will host a policy seminar with UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow Rachel Gisselquist as a part of the SIDA Evidence for Action Seminar Series. The seminar,...
Working PaperThe ethnographic approach to social mobility
The ethnographic approach has much to contribute to our understanding of social mobility...Ethnography Inequality Migration
Journal ArticleWas Kuznets Right?: New Evidence on the Relationship between Structural Transformation and Inequality
We examine the Kuznets postulate that structural transformation leads to higher inequality using comparable panel data for a large number of developing and developed countries for 1960–2012...Structural transformation Inequality Kuznets
Journal ArticleEducational Opportunities in Indonesia: Are Factors Outside Individual Responsibility Persistent Over Time?
This article is on early view/in press, available on open access. Not all sources of inequality in educational achievements are fair. But how strong and persistent is the burden of unequal opportunities that each person carries on in their life?...Education Inequality education policy