Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
WIDER Seminar Series
Live streamed | The WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.
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.
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)
The SA-TIED programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
56 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
LectureMOOC: Industrial policy for the 21st century – the challenge for Africa
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
NewsPress release: Mozambican business environment continues to pose challenges for manufacturing firms
Press release: Inclusive growth in Mozambique programme to launch report at public forum on 23 April 2018 Maputo — Mozambican manufacturing firms continue to face logistical, regulatory, and financial constraints that hinder their ability to...Manufacturing firms Manufacturing Manufacturing industries
Journal ArticleThe Dynamics of Exporting and Innovation: Evidence from the Tunisian Manufacturing Sector
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteManufacturing industries Learning by exporting Self-selection
Journal ArticleLabor-use efficiency in Tunisian manufacturing industries
This paper investigates the process of adjustment in employment. A dynamic model is applied to a panel of six Tunisian manufacturing industries observed over a period of 25 years, from 1971 to 1996...Commercial policy Labor demand Manufacturing industries
Journal ArticleMeasuring industry coagglomeration and identifying the driving forces
Understanding industry agglomeration and its driving forces is critical for the formulation of industrial policy in developing countries. Crucial to this process is the definition and measurement of agglomeration...Industrial policy Labor market Manufacturing industries
BlogMade in Africa - Learning to Compete in Industry: Policy proposals
One of the strengths of the new UNU-WIDER and Brookings book Made in Africa is that, in the best sense of the word, its proposals are debatable. It provides evidence and arguments for particular policies...Economic development International trade Manufacturing industries
Working PaperMarkups and concentration in South African manufacturing sectors: An analysis with administrative data
This paper uses newly available firm-level tax data to evaluate the market structure in South African manufacturing sectors in the period 2010–12...Business Manufacturing industries Pricing
BlogUnderstanding FDI spillover mechanisms
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been praised as an important development tool, especially for countries at low levels of industrial development...Economic development International trade Investments, Foreign
BlogIndustrial clusters: Who benefits?
Manufacturing production in both developed and developing economies tends to be highly geographically concentrated in cities and industrial clusters...Competition Economic development Industrial management
BlogCelebrating 30 years of research for development
The celebration of the 30 th Anniversary of UNU-WIDER presented the ideal opportunity to look back, take stock, and plan ahead...Economic development Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Gross national product
BlogRegional Industrialization and Integration in Southern Africa - Reporting from TIPS Annual Forum
The white-painted cluster of traditional style buildings might suggest that this was a farm on the South African veldt...Automobile industry and trade Carbon tax Economic integration
Research BriefClustering, competition, and spillover effects in Cambodia
What types of businesses benefit or suffer due to geographic clustering?...Economic development Industrial productivity Informal sector (Economics)
Working PaperLiberalized trade policy and inequality: Evidence from Post-Multi-Fibre Arrangement India and some theoretical issues
The phased elimination of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement has been one of the most compelling trade policy reforms of the early twenty-first century, and has brought in significant changes in the industrial structures of the countries of the global south...Econometric models (Economic development) Equality and inequality Industrial policy
Working PaperThe Performance of the Manufacturing Sector in Tanzania: Challenges and the Way Forward
Tanzania’s industrial sector has evolved through various stages since independence in 1961, from nascent and undiversified to state-led import substitution industrialization, and subsequently to de-industrialization under the structural adjustm...Business enterprises Economic development International trade
Working PaperHow Many Manufacturing Firms are there in Mozambique?
This paper addresses the issue of poor data on Mozambican manufacturing firms. A new dataset (the merged manufacturing database) is merged from provincial industrial databases from each of Mozambique’s 11 provinces...Business enterprises Economic development Manufacturing industries