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BlogDevelopment Finance: The Role for Aid in Africa
Aid’s future, its history, and its impact were the topics of a policy workshop held by UNU-WIDER in co-operation with the Embassy of Denmark in Dar es Salaam on 8 June ...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth Economic policy
Working PaperThe Return to Foreign Aid
We investigate the marginal productivity of investment across countries. The aim is to estimate the return on investments financed by foreign aid and by domestic resource mobilization, using aggregate data...Economic growth Investments Panel analysis
Book ChapterTourism and Economic Growth: African Evidence from Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework
Using a panel vector autoregressive model this paper investigates the dynamic and endogeneous contribution of tourism to output based on a sample of 40 African countries for the period 1990–2006...Economic development Human capital Investments
BlogAfrica's Failure to Industrialize: Bad Luck or Bad Policy?
16 December 2014 John Page On 20 November 2014 the United Nations celebrated the 25th Africa Industrialization Day. But perhaps ‘celebrate’ is not exactly the right word...Competition Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Journal ArticlePolitical Connections and Land-Related Investment in Rural Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsCredit Informal sector (Economics) Investments
BlogLearning to Compete: Lessons from Vietnam – An Interview with Carol Newman
28 May 2014 In this interview Carol Newman discusses the success of the Vietnamese economic transformation and lessons which can be drawn for Africa...Entrepreneurship Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Industrial policy
Working PaperMozambique’s Industrialization
After the Second World War, Mozambique went through a series of transformations, from an incipient industrializing colonial society to an independent country with a central planned economy, plus a regional and internal war, and finally from 1994 onwa...Industrial organization (Economic theory) Industrial policy Investments
Research BriefUsing Foreign Aid to Incentivize Pioneer Investing
A number of small, isolated countries are not experiencing the rapid economic growth of larger, more connected economies due to weak governance and isolation...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Investments
BlogAid and our Changing Environment
4 July 2013 Roger Williamson On 4 June 2013 I attended an interesting effort on the part of UNU-WIDER to communicate research results to development policy makers and practitioners...Agriculture Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid
BlogAid and our Changing Environment: What did we Learn?
24 June 2013 Tony Addison The Stockholm ReCom results meeting at Sida on 4 June was a lively exchange on all aspects of foreign aid and climate change finance (including the role of private finance)...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Environmental policy
BlogImperfect Data Increases Uncertainty
9 May 2013 Carl-Gustav Lindén The world is a complex place where risk and uncertainty are an everyday challenge...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Information technology
Research BriefAid for Statistics in Africa
In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Aid and Investment in Statistics for Africa’ Jeffery I. Round discusses how the effectiveness of aid aimed at improving statistical capacity in Africa can be assessed...Economic assistance and foreign aid Investments
Journal ArticleImpact of Terrorism on Investment Decisions of Farmers: Evidence from the Punjab Insurgency
Part of Journal Special Issue Entrepreneurship and ConflictAgriculture Conflict management Investments
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (February 2013)
Tony Addison As the snow continues to lie deep across Helsinki, UNU-WIDER is putting the last touches to the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which takes place at Sida in Stockholm on 13 March...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Econometric models (Economic development) Children
Book ChapterCommitting to Economic Openness in Ireland: The Importance of Domestic Institutional Capabilities
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development Economic integration Economic policy
Working PaperAid as a Catalyst for Pioneer Investment
I discuss how aid can support growth in small, isolated economies. Small markets frustrate scale economies and competition. Combined with high transport costs, essential inputs become prohibitively expensive...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Investments