Mining for Change
This new open access book presents research undertaken to understand how better management of the revenues and opportunities associated with natural resources can accelerate diversification and structural change in Africa.... Read more
Women in Science
On 11 February the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. UNU-WIDER, along with other institutes across United Nations University, are taking this day of celebration a step further with a month long campaign ... Read more
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.
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.
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.
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
164 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogVarying Growth Trajectories of the West and the South: The Role of Inequality and Institutions
27 August 2014 Vladimir Popov Modern economic growth started in the West, not because of the efficiency of various capitalist institutions (elimination of serfdom, free cities, universities)...Capitalism Economic growth Government policy (Poor)
BookDevelopment Success: Historical Accounts from More Advanced Countries
What lessons can be learnt from 'developed' countries that might be useful for developing and emerging economies?...Economic development Economic aspects (Economic development) History (Economics)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (April 2013)
30 April 2013 Tony Addison As April closes, our thoughts turn to UNU-WIDER’s spring/summer programme. And it’s a busy one...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Econometric models (Economic development) Economic aspects (Economic development)
Book ChapterThe Czech Transition: The Importance of Microeconomic Fundamentals
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development Economic policy Post-communism
Book ChapterA Two-Thirds Rate of Success: Polish Transformation and Economic Development, 1989- 2008
From the book: Development SuccessEconomic development Economic policy History (Economics)
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (January 2013)
Tony Addison We start the new year at a fast pace, preparing for the ReCom results meeting on ‘Aid and the Social Sectors’ in Stockholm on 13th March, and the development conference in June on ‘Learning to Compete: Industrial Develo...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Economic aspects (Economic development) Conflict management
BookEconomies in Transition: The Long-Run View
The twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has stimulated much reflection on the political, economic and social transitions that have taken place in the past two decades...Economic policy Institutional economics Post-communism
BlogFrom The Editor's Desk (December 2012)
Tony Addison This year has rushed by at speed. For UNU-WIDER it’s been a year of big successes. We will have published some 110 working papers by the end of December, up from 96 in 2011 (go here for the latest list)...Economic aspects (Economic development) Economic aspects (Environment) Climatic changes
BlogAfter the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Some Lessons on Transition
Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London was the setting on 19 June 2012 for the launch of the recent UNU-WIDER book Economies in Transition: The Long-Run View , edited by Gerárd Roland, a...Capitalism Democracy Economic policy
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (June-July 2012)
Tony Addison I started writing this ‘From the Editor’s Desk’ in Accra, to the sound of an African drum band, preparing for a ceremony to mark the launch of the joint University of Ghana-UNU-WIDER Research and Post-Graduate Teaching ...Economic aspects (Informal sector (Economics)) Environmental aspects (Economic development) Economic development
Book ChapterWhy Are the Elite in China Motivated and Able to Promote Growth?
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentCommunist state Economic development Political science
Book ChapterReform and Inequality during the Transition: An Analysis Using Panel Household Survey Data, 1990-2005
From the book: Economies in TransitionEconomic policy Income distribution Panel analysis
Book ChapterTwenty Years of Political Transition
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state Comparative economics Econometric models
Book ChapterInto the Void: Governing Finance in Central and Eastern Europe
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommercial law Financial institutions Financing, Government
Book ChapterThe Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?
From the book: Economies in TransitionCommunist state History (Economics) Institutional economics