Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
80 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleThe decline of the labor income share in Mexico: 1990–2015
This article is currently available on early view. The paper studies the decline of the labor income share (LIS) in Mexico during the period 1990–2015...Labour share Non-tradable sectors Tradable sectors
Research BriefDancing with dragons: Can South African firms compete with Chinese imports?
China’s growing edge in export manufacturing has caused concern for low-income and middle-income countries seeking to develop robust manufacturing sectors...Capabilities Import competition Import
Working PaperAssessment of demand in agro-processing machinery in the SADC region: A case study of the maize-milling machinery value chain in South Africa and Zambia
This working paper is the fourth in a series that forms part of the project ‘Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development’, a three-year partnership between UNU-WIDER and the South African government aimed at generating ...Agro-processing Industrialization Agricultural industries
Working PaperDancing with dragons: Chinese import penetration and the performances of manufacturing firms in South Africa
Using firm-level tax administrative data from 2010 to 2017, we study the impact of Chinese import penetration on the performances of manufacturing firms in South Africa, and whether firms investing in capabilities development are more resilient to su...Capabilities Import competition Import
LearningIndustrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa Learning Industrialization Africa's Economic Development
Working PaperTrade liberalization and South African manufacturing: Looking back with data
This paper provides a retrospective assessment of the effects of trade policies on South African manufacturing since the transition to democracy, examining the differences and commonalities in the views of economists in favour of and against an accel...Trade policy Manufacturing Trade liberalization
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2018 Qualitative Study
The purpose of this report is to give a nuanced picture of the SME business environment in Myanmar as a complement to the 2017 MSME quantitative survey conducted within the project ‘ Towards Inclusive Development in Myanmar ’...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector
BlogThe ins and outs of African industrialization: UNU-WIDER provides open access to a wealth of information
The question ‘why is there so little industrialization in Africa?’ has been a key focus of UNU-WIDER researchers and research partners for the last decade...Industrialization Poverty Jobs
BlogRethinking African industrialization on another Africa Industrialization Day
This week I attended the 28 th Africa Industrialization Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Even sympathetic readers may reasonably ask, why hold another African Industrialization Day at all?...Industrialization structural change Industrial policy
Working PaperWhat is the state of the manufacturing sector in Mozambique?
The latest firm survey of Mozambique, the Inquerito ás Indústrias Manufactureiras (IIM) 2017, draws a concerning picture of the manufacturing sector...census Manufacturing satellite images
Working PaperFrom manufacturing-led export growth to a twenty-first-century inclusive growth strategy: Explaining the demise of a successful growth model and what to do about it
Success in development over the past half-century was based on manufacturing-led export growth. Because the share of global employment in manufacturing will decline, manufacturing won’t play the same role in the coming decades...Stockholm Statement Industrial policy Dynamic comparative advantage
Blog‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century
During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
Working PaperNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development: Local content in Zambia—a faltering experience?
This paper traces the role of local content in Zambia’s mining sector in supporting industrialization and economic diversification...Industrialization Local content Economic linkages
BlogMozambique: Improving our understanding of the potential of manufacturing
Mozambique’s manufacturing industry is facing many challenges. Nevertheless, we should not underestimate its linkages to the rest of the economy and its potential in terms of job creation and structural transformation...Manufacturing firms Manufacturing Manufacturing industries
ReportMyanmar Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017: Descriptive Report
Myanmar’s transition to a market-based economy is accompanied by rapid development of the private manufacturing sector, which has large potential for improving economic growth...SMEs Manufacturing Informal sector