UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Working PaperComparing the development of agricultural technology and information technology in rural Vietnam
This paper presents a descriptive analysis on the ownership of different types of technology—both agricultural machinery and information technology—within households in rural areas of Vietnam...Agriculture Households Information technology
BlogOpen Access and UNU-WIDER
21 February 2014 Tony Addison Development researchers live in a world where research on development, not just in economics but also political science, environmental science, anthropology (to name just a few areas of inquiry) is abundant...Economic development Government policy (Poor) Measurement (Poverty)
Book ChapterThe Internet and Economic Growth in LDCs: A Case of Managing Expectations?
From the book: New Economy in DevelopmentCapital Economic development Economic forecasting
Working PaperInternet Use in Transition Economies: Economic and Institutional Determinants
The purpose of the study is two-fold. First, it examines whether Internet usage converges across the geographical space comprising the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)...Education Information technology Institutional economics
Working PaperThe Corporate Digital Divide: Determinants of Internet Adoption
This paper shows how organizational, technical, and environmental factors affected firm decisions to adopt Internet technologies during the early years of the commercialization of the Internet...Management (Information technology) Internet Investments
Working PaperCompeting in the Digital Economy?: The Dynamics and Impacts of B2B E-commerce on the South African Manufacturing Sector
This paper explores the current state of play and likely future direction of business-to-business electronic commerce in the South African manufacturing sector...Business networks Information technology Internet
Working PaperThe Internet and Economic Growth in Least Developed Countries: A Case of Managing Expectations?
A discussion of the theory of technology and economic growth suggests potentially negative implications for the impact of the Internet on developing countries...Capital Economic development Economic forecasting
Working PaperDoes Internet Connectivity Affect Export Performance?: Evidence from the Transition Economies
Over the past few years, many commentators have suggested that the Internet is one of the forces driving globalization...Information technology International trade Internet
Journal ArticleThe New Economy: Facts, Impacts and Policies
Part of Journal Special Issue The New EconomyEconomic development Information technology Internet