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.
116 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Journal ArticleCommodity Prices and Intra-Household Labor Allocation
Volatility in commodity markets poses a distinct risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labor supply
Working PaperThe role of the construction sector in influencing natural resource use, structural change, and industrial development in Zambia
The construction sector plays a critical role in delivering quality infrastructure, which in turn influences the use of natural resource revenues towards achieving structural change and industrial development...Construction sector infrastructure Prices
Working PaperThe role of the construction sector in Ghana
The research explores the structure and performance of Ghana’s construction subsector, in light of the country’s 2007 oil discovery...Construction sector Price dynamics Expenditure shocks
Working PaperThe impact of infrastructure shocks on agricultural markets: Evidence from the Zambezi river in Mozambique
Prior to 2009, there was no direct road connection between the southern regions of Mozambique—where the capital city is located—and the more agriculturally-productive central and northern regions...infrastructure Agricultural market performance Prices
Book ChapterPoverty, Inequality, and Prices in Post-Apartheid South Africa
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaEquality and inequality Inflation (Finance) Macroeconomics
Working PaperCoffee price volatility and intra-household labour supply: Evidence from Viet Nam
Volatility in commodity markets poses an acute risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labor supply
Working PaperFalling oil prices and sustainable energy transition: Towards a multilateral agreement on fossil-fuel subsidies
Fossil-fuel subsidies are economically inefficient and harmful for the environment yet efforts to phase them out at the national and international levels have not been effective...International trade Nonrenewable natural resources Prices
Journal ArticleAgricultural Commodity Price Shocks and Their Effect on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
Commodity price shocks are an important type of external shock and are often cited as a problem for economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa...Agriculture Economic growth Macroeconomics
Working PaperThe recent evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda
This paper analyses the evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda between 2001/1 and 2010/11, using three comparable good quality household surveys analysed along with detailed price data. Rwanda achieved impressive growth over this period...Household survey Poverty Prices
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September-October 2015)
UNU-WIDER had a busy September. We celebrated our 30 th birthday with some 600 people at our three-day conference on ‘Mapping the Future of Development Economics’ here in Helsinki. It was a great occasion...Agriculture Business enterprises Capital investments
BlogMalawi's Farm Subsidy Benefits the Poor but Doesn't Come Cheap
Malawi’s farm input subsidy benefits the poor and can be part of a viable national development strategy. Agriculture is Malawi’s main economic sector...Agriculture Equilibrium (Economics) Expenditures, Public
BlogThe Political Economy of Food Price Policy - An Interview with Per Pinstrup-Andersen
In this interview, Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks about the international project which has culminated in the book Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability . (Oxford University Press, 2015) More about the project ...Agricultural industries Food security Food supply
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (May 2015)
May is always a hopeful month. With 18 hours of daylight we are all perky—especially the seagulls who swarm around Helsinki harbour. Here at UNU-WIDER the communications team is busy with the new website which will roll out later in the year...Agricultural industries Economic assistance and foreign aid Food security
Policy seminarFood price policy in an era of market instability - a political economy analysis
BlogHow Can Governments Better Respond to Global Food Price Fluctuations?
Much of UNU-WIDER’s research in the last few years was initiated under the 2010-13 work programme on the triple crisis of finance, food, and climate change. The financial crisis from 2008 onwards has received massive worldwide attention...Economic policy Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Food security