WIDER Annual Lecture 21 by Sabina Alkire
How are people poor? – Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs, Helsinki, 24 October 2017
Migration and mobility – new frontiers for research and policy
WIDER Development Conference jointly organized with ARUA, 5-6 October 2017, in Accra, Ghana
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Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries
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146 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogWhat role for East African hydrocarbons in the global economy post-Paris COP21?
Over the past decade significant hydrocarbon discoveries have been made across East Africa...Natural resources extractives industry Governance
Working PaperNew industrial policy and the extractive industries
Industrial policy is back. Advocates for industrial policy argue that the important question is not whether such policies should be applied at all, but how to design and implement them...Natural resources extractives industry Governance
Working PaperThe copper sector, fiscal rules, and stabilization funds in Chile: Scope and limits
Historically, Chile has been an economy dominated by mineral and agro-industrial products and subject to frequent external shocks particularly in copper prices...Fiscal policy Natural resources Wealth
Working PaperDonor-supported approaches to improving extractives governance: Lessons from Nigeria and Ghana
Donor interest in the extractives sector is based upon the premise that it represents an opportunity to improve a country’s development prospects...Oil Gas Natural resources
Working PaperPolitical economy and governance
This paper reviews the political economy of extractive resources and the associated resources sector governance agenda...Natural resources Extractives Political economy
Working PaperDoes the political resource curse affect public finance?: The vulnerability of tax revenue in resource-rich countries
This paper explores the extent to which government revenue is affected by external shocks, and whether these effects are different for resource-rich as compared with non-resource-rich countries...taxes Natural resources terms-of-trade shocks
Working PaperNatural resources' impact on government revenues
Motivated by the fact that the taxation of natural resources is both crucial and particularly challenging for developing countries, this paper draws on a unique dataset to produce empirical evidence on two issues pertaining to the fiscal impact of oi...Taxation Oil Natural resources
Working PaperOn the mobilization of domestic resources in oil countries: The role of historical factors
This paper investigates the sources of variability in the mobilization of domestic tax revenue in oil-producing countries...Tax Natural resources History (Economics)
BlogExtractive industries and development – taxing profits and investing gains
Industries based on natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals can play a major positive role in the development of low- and middle-income countries, however they can also lead to a very narrow kind of growth which excludes the poor and damages...Industrialization Natural resources
BlogLike it or not, poor countries are increasingly dependent on mining and oil & gas
The UNU-WIDER project on extractives for development seeks to examine how poor and middle-income countries can best use their natural resource wealth to promote development...Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperMining-related national systems of innovation in southern Africa: National trajectories and regional integration
This paper explores the linkages between the national systems of innovation of Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and their respective mineral extraction and mineral processing value chains, including input industries...Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperThe history and politics of energy transitions: Comparing contested views and finding common ground
According to some definitions, an energy transition refers to the time that elapses between the introduction of a new primary energy source, or prime mover, and its rise to claiming a substantial share of the overall market...Environmental policy Natural resources Power resources
Working PaperTanzania—from mining to oil and gas
This paper compares and contrasts the economic situation in Tanzania during the resurgence of gold and diamond production after 1999, with the situation that is now emerging as the country begins to exploit very large resources of natural gas mainly ...Gas utilities Mineral industries Natural resources
Working PaperThe linkages of energy, water, and land use in Southeast Asia: Challenges and opportunities for the Mekong region
This paper aims to contribute to understanding the existing knowledge gaps in the linkages of energy, water, and land use in Southeast Asia and explores the political economy of energy transition in the Mekong region (MR)...Natural resources Power resources Water
BlogExtractive industries and development - What’s in the UNU-WIDER research pipeline?
The recent anti-corruption summit in London highlighted a much-publicized issue in development—transparency is crucial in the minerals sector...Economic development Mineral industries Natural resources