In the name of progress: Will technology solve inequality?
On 7 October Daron Acemoğlu delivers the 2022 WIDER Annual Lecture, challenging the techno-optimism of our age. Register to join the live stream. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on domestic revenue mobilization
A new webinar series aims to facilitate a discussion on how domestic revenue mobilization can be supported in the Global South. Read more
Reducing inequality – the great challenge of our time
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNIANDES | Bogotá, Colombia, on 5-7 October 2022 | Join us as we discuss innovative, theoretical, and empirical research on inequality, and its policy take-aways. Read more
The developer’s dilemma: Structural transformation, inequality dynamics, and inclusive growth
NOW AVAILABLE | This *open access* edited volume explores the developer’s dilemma between structural transformation and income inequality. Download your copy today
Opportunities to work with UNU-WIDER
Check out our exciting open opportunities - including a request for research proposals, and vacancies in our team
Journal Special Issue: What sustains informality
This Open Access special issue explores critical issues related to the nature of informal employment and its determinants. Read more
Check out our research in brief
Our research and policy briefs provide a short overview with key findings, lessons, and policy implications, from some of our key research outputs.
192 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogMetals for the global energy transition: Opportunities and salutary lessons
In a series of high-level UN Roundtables , in which I participated in 2021, experts and stakeholders explored the risks and opportunities presented by the global clean energy transition...Climate change Natural resources Economic development
BlogCan the electric vehicle revolution solve the climate crisis and create opportunities for developing countries?
Electric vehicles (EVs) are confidently expected to decarbonize road transportation, contribute substantially to the net zero agenda, and so help to solve the climate crisis...Climate change Natural resources Economic development
BlogThe 2022 energy shock
The price and availability of energy is fundamental to the health of the global economy...Natural resources Energy resources Armed conflict
Working PaperIncorporation of offshore shell companies as an indicator of corruption risk in the extractive industries
We show that the incorporation of offshore entities increases when oil and gas exploration licences are awarded...Oil Extractives Natural resources
Technical NoteGovernment Revenue Dataset (2021): country notes
This technical note is the third in a series based on the UNU-WIDER Government Revenue Dataset (GRD). The preceding notes have described in detail the variables contained within the GRD and the source selection procedures ...GRD Government revenue Tax data
Working PaperGood institutions and tax revenue outcomes in resource-rich countries: When ‘good’ is not enough
Developing countries that experience commodity booms struggle to mobilize sustainable tax revenues...resource rent Tax revenue Institutions
BlogWhy do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?
One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
Working PaperAre we measuring natural resource wealth correctly?: A reconceptualization of natural resource value in the era of climate change
Underlying the management of revenues from natural resource extraction is a set of assumptions about how abundant and how valuable these resources are...Natural resources Valuation environmental impact
Working PaperNatural resources, institutions, and economic transformation in Mozambique
In the light of Mozambique’s natural resources boom—especially its large-scale investments in mining, oil, and gas—this paper analyses the prospects for the extractive industries to contribute to economic transformation from an inst...Economic transformation Extractive industries Institutions
Working PaperFrom fiscal stabilization to economic diversification: A developmental approach to managing resource revenues
The management of revenues from exhaustible natural resources involves a number of challenges...Commodity dependence Economic development Natural resources
Working PaperInvestigating the fiscal resource curse: What’s China got to do with it?
The term fiscal resource curse refers to countries’ inability to raise taxes from a broad base in the presence of natural resources...China Infrastructure Natural resources
Book ChapterConstruction and public procurement in Uganda
From the book: Mining for ChangeConstruction sector Procurement Natural resources
Book ChapterLocal content: Are there benefits for Tanzania?
From the book: Mining for ChangeExtractive industries Local content Mining
Book ChapterGas in Tanzania: Adapting to new realities
From the book: Mining for ChangeDeveloping countries Institutions Macroeconomics
Book ChapterRowing against the current: Economic diversification in Africa
Part of Journal Special Issue Mining for changeExtractive industries Natural resources Diversification