Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
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Journal ArticleDoes the Political Resource Curse Affect Public Finance? The Vulnerability of Tax Revenue in Resource-Dependent Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Developmenttaxes Natural resources terms-of-trade shocks
Working PaperThe role of governance and international norms in managing natural resources
The governance of natural resource wealth is widely considered to constitute a key determinant in whether the extraction of natural resources proves to be a blessing or a curse...Governance Transparency Natural resources
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
ProjectNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development in Africa
This project focuses on three specific areas that impact the pace of structural transformation and job creation in five emerging African natural resources economies: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.Natural resources Africa Extractive industries
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 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 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 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