Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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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.
161 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleThe heterogeneous effect of oil discoveries on democracy
This paper evaluates the existence of a resource curse on political regimes using the Synthetic Control Method...Democracy Natural resources
Working PaperConstruction and public procurement in Uganda
As it transitions to an oil-producing country, Uganda’s investments in infrastructure and physical capital will increasingly depend on the ability of the construction sector to respond to surges in demand and transform investment effort into ou...Construction sector Procurement Natural resources
Working PaperUnderstanding the boom: A framing paper
A significant natural resource discovery creates excited popular expectations of imminent wealth. But the size of a boom is usually overestimated and the delay in receiving revenues is underestimated...Developing countries Institutions Macroeconomics
Working PaperUnderstanding the boom: Country study—Tanzania
There are large volumes of gas offshore Tanzania, which has raised hopes of a boom. But those hopes look set to be disappointed. A boom would depend on there being a sizeable flow of revenue to government from producing and exporting gas...Developing countries Institutions Natural resources
Working PaperOptimal local content for extractive industries: How can policies best create benefits for Tanzania?
Tanzania is rich with natural resources, which have significant potential to contribute to the country’s economic development...Extractive industries Local content Mining
Book ChapterDonor-supported approaches to improving extractives governance: Lessons from Nigeria
From the book: Extractive IndustriesOil Gas Natural resources
Book ChapterThe role of governance and international norms for managing natural resources
From the book: Extractive IndustriesGovernance Transparency Natural resources
Book ChapterThe copper sector, fiscal rules, and stabilization funds in Chile: Scope and limits
From the book: Extractive IndustriesFiscal policy Natural resources Wealth
Book ChapterNew industrial policy and the extractive industries
From the book: Extractive IndustriesNatural resources extractives industry Governance
Book ChapterPolitical economy and governance
From the book: Extractive IndustriesNatural resources Extractives Political economy
Journal ArticleIntroduction to special issue on regional growth opportunities
Part of Journal Special Issue Regional Growth OpportunitiesSouth Africa Growth Transformation
Journal Special IssueRegional Growth Opportunities
This issue contains seven articles addressing the major changes underway in the integration of economies in southern Africa. This special issue is based on the UNU-WIDER project 'Regional growth and development in Southern Africa'...Growth Industrialization Natural resources
Working PaperRowing against the current: Diversification in Africa’s resource-rich economies
The exploitation of natural resources is a huge opportunity, but one that carries considerable risks. Relative prices in resource-exporting economies tend to push them towards economic structures dominated by the resource sector...Extractive industries Natural resources diversification
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