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
16 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleCan Business Rights Alleviate Group-Based Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa?: Understanding the Limits to Reform
Part of Journal Special Issue Legal Empowerment and Group-Based InequalityGroup-based inequality Minorities Business
Working PaperDiscriminatory attitudes and indigenous language promotion: Challenges and solutions
In this paper, we analyse which channels influence individual preferences concerning the choice of the official language in Zambia...Education Equality and inequality History, Local
Working PaperLess restrictive birth control, less education?: Evidence from ethnic minorities in China
This paper investigates the net impact of birth control policy in China on educational attainment of the partially excluded ethnic minorities...Education Fertility, Human Minorities
Working PaperAffirmative action policy in developing countries: Lessons learned and a way forward
There are several countries who have responded to concerns regarding historically disadvantaged groups, particularly ethnic and racial minorities and women, with not only anti-discrimination legislation, but also affirmative action policies...Minorities
Working PaperEthnic disadvantage in Vietnam: Evidence using panel data
This study investigates the ethnic disadvantage in rural Vietnam, focusing on the magnitude of the majority–minority gap and the constraints on ethnic minority households that contribute to the gap...Equality and inequality Ethnic relations Households
ProjectDiscrimination and affirmative action - what have we learnt so far?
Theme: InclusionDiscrimination Class Inequality
ProjectDisadvantaged groups and social mobility
This project has three main objectives in line with UNU-WIDER’s tradition in the area of inclusion and horizontal inequality: (1) to shed further light on the extent to which inequalities run along ethnic, gender, and other communal lines; (2...Disadvantaged groups Social mobility Group-based inequality
BlogTo Aid or Not to Aid?: The Case of Rwanda, DFID, and the Good Aid Debate
Omar Shahabudin McDoom What should donors do when confronted with regimes that violate important normative standards of state behavior and commit human rights abuses, war crimes or other grave ethical transgressions?...Agriculture Criminal law Democracy
Working PaperSecurity of Property Rights for Whom?
Recent research regarding property rights and economic development often treats property rights security in a country as homogeneous, although protecting the private entitlements of some can entail preventing others from claiming and controlling thos...Equality and inequality Law Minorities
BookPoverty, International Migration and Asylum
This book examines the economic consequences of immigration and asylum migration. It focuses on the economic consequences of legal and illegal immigration as well as placing the study of immigration in a global context...Emigration and immigration Economic aspects (Emigration and immigration) Minorities
Book ChapterPoverty, International Migration and Asylum: Introduction
From the book: Poverty, International Migration and AsylumEmigration and immigration Economic aspects (Emigration and immigration) Minorities
Book ChapterIraq: Economic Embargo and Predatory Rule
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementMinorities Natural resources Social conflict
Book ChapterBurundi: The Long Sombre Shadow of Ethnic Instability
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementEconomic assistance and foreign aid Minorities Social conflict
Book ChapterKenya: Economic Decline and Ethnic Politics
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementMinorities Social conflict
Book ChapterThe South Caucasus: The Breakdown of the Soviet Empire
From the book: War, Hunger, and DisplacementMinorities Post-communism Social conflict