Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
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.
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.
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.
BlogTaxation: Inequality, Equity, and Efficiency – An Interview with Michael Keen
8 October 2014 by Roger Williamson Michael Keen from the International Monetary Fund addressed the UNU-WIDER Development Conference in September 2014 “Equity Objectives and Puzzles in Linking Tax and Spending”...Government policy (Poor) Equality and inequality Equity
BlogMultidimensional Poverty: Measurement and Implications: An Interview with James Foster
17 October 2013 James Foster describes the importance of moving beyond income poverty as a way of assessing 'who is poor?' and 'how poor?'...Economic growth Education Measurement (Poverty)
BlogThe Future of Aid – Poverty and the Middle Income Countries
24 September 2013 Andy Sumner A series of papers since late 2010 has discussed a shift in the location or 'geography' of global poverty...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth Poor
BlogAid and our Changing Environment: What did we Learn?
24 June 2013 Tony Addison The Stockholm ReCom results meeting at Sida on 4 June was a lively exchange on all aspects of foreign aid and climate change finance (including the role of private finance)...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Environmental policy
Working PaperRisk Experiments in Gains and Losses: A Case Study for Benin
The aim of this paper is to expand our knowledge on risk aversion among the poor by conducting experiments that do not only test risk aversion in small and large stakes but also in risky gains and risky losses...Households Management Poor
Working PaperSensitivity of Loan Size to Lending Rates: Evidence from Ghana’s Microfinance Sector
This paper examines the combined effect of interest rates and poverty levels of microfinance clients on loan size. Cross section data on 2,691 clients and non-clients households from Ghana is used to test the hypothesis of loan price inelasticity...Econometric models (Finance) Interest rate Microfinance
Book ChapterEvaluating Aid Impact
From the book: Development AidEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Experimental design
Working PaperForest Management, Gender, and Food Security of the Rural Poor in Africa
This paper addresses the economic impact of forest management on gender and food security of rural poor in Africa...Food security Forests and forestry Poor
Working PaperEvaluating Aid Impact
The ultimate measure of aid effectiveness is how aid affects the lives of poor people in developing countries...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic policy Experimental design
Book ChapterApplying Behavioural Economics to International Development Policy
From the book: Advancing DevelopmentDecision making Economic development Economic policy
Working PaperApplying Behavioural Economics to International Development Policy
Many development policies and programmes are premised on a traditional economic model of rationality to predict how individuals will respond to changes in incentives...Decision making Economic development Economic policy
Book ChapterLower Classes, Poverty and the Poor
From the book: Inequality and Social Structure During the TransitionPoor Post-communism Poverty
Book ChapterPoverty Alleviation During the Transition in China Economic development Poor Poverty
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 4 - Globalization and Appropriate Governance
Globalization has come in for indiscriminate attack from critics who do not distinguish between different types of globalization (e.g. freer trade, freer capital flows, freer direct investment, and freer immigration) or between very different but...
Working PaperPoverty Alleviation during the Transition in Rural China
According to information issued at the World Food Summit held in Rome in 1996, about one fifth of the world's population is now living under the poverty line, and this number is increase by 25 million people in developing countries every yea...Economic development Poor Poverty
Working PaperLush Fields and Parched Throats: The Political Economy of Groundwater in Gujarat
Groundwater resources in Gujarat (India) have been depleting at an darning rate in recent years. The most visible symptom of this phenomenon is the decline of water tables in large pats of the state...Environmental policy Equality and inequality Poor