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
70 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperAffirmative action and effort choice: An experimental investigation
We study the effect of affirmative action on effort in an experiment conducted in high schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in Queensland, Australia...Field experiments Public administration Public policy (Law)
Working PaperIntroduction to the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel
The South African Revenue Service and National Treasury Firm-Level Panel is an unbalanced panel data set created by merging several sources of administrative tax data received during 2015...Business tax Public administration Taxation
Working PaperTotal factor productivity in South African manufacturing firms
The manufacturing sector is an important source of productivity growth and exports. Manufacturing firms are generally more productive than firms in the agricultural or services sectors and are an important source of job creation...Business Manufacturing Productivity
Journal Special IssueAiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries
For more than two decades, addressing constraints to better governance in developing countries has been a priority issue for the international donor community...Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Journal ArticleDesigning Effective Civil Service Reform Lessons from Past Experience
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesInternational agencies Corruption Public administration
Journal ArticleAssessing the Impact of Regulatory Reform in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing CountriesEconomic policy Public administration
Journal ArticleDeveloping and Evaluating Governance Indexes: 10 Questions
Recent years have seen a proliferation of composite indicators or indexes of governance and their use in research and policy-making. This article proposes a framework of 10 questions to guide both the development and evaluation of such indexes...Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Methodology (Qualitative research)
Working PaperThe Risks to Education Systems from Design Mismatch and Global Isomorphism: Concepts, with Examples from India
The incredibly low levels of learning and the generally dysfunctional public sector schooling systems in many (though not all) developing countries are the result of a capability trap (Pritchett et al. 2010)...Education Public administration
Journal ArticleEscaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)
Many development initiatives fail to improve performance because they promote isomorphic mimicry—governments change what they look like, not what they do...Economic development Economic policy Public administration
BlogGetting into a State?
30 October 2013 Roger Williamson The UNU-WIDER meeting held last week in New York on the topic of fragility and aid argued forcefully that you cannot ‘fix’ failed states as you would a broken window...Agriculture Budget Conflict management
Working PaperExplaining Positive Deviance in Public Sector Reforms in Development
Public sector reforms are commonplace in developing countries. Much of the literature about these reforms reflects on their failures...Bureaucracy Economic development Economic growth
Working PaperOvercoming the Limits of Institutional Reform in Uganda
This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa...Administrative law Government accountability Institutional economics
Research BriefThe Development Process – Escaping the Capability Trap
Current development practice focuses too much on the form institutions take, at the expense of worrying about function...Economic development Economic policy Public administration
Working PaperEvaluating Governance Indexes: Critical and Less Critical Questions
Recent years have seen a proliferation of ‘composite indicators’ or ‘indexes’ of governance...Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Methodology (Qualitative research)