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.
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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
46 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
BlogOut of the Poverty Trap Through Higher Aspirations?
Why does a mother from a poor African village not send her daughter to school, but instead marries her off to an old man as a second or third wife? This way poverty is inherited from parent to child...Agricultural laborers Children Field experiments
BlogLessons from Behavioural Economics for Development Policy
23 April 2014 Jukka Pirttilä In conventional economic theory, agents are assumed to be able to make rational choices, unaffected by emotions and not constrained by decision-making errors...Decision making Economic development Psychological aspects (Economics)
Working PaperSavings By and For the Poor: A Research Review and Agenda
The poor can and do save, but often use formal or informal instruments that have high risk, high cost, and limited functionality. This could lead to undersaving compared to a world without market or behavioural frictions...Banks and banking Choice Consumption (Economics)
Journal ArticleSocial Capital, Network Effects, and Savings in Rural Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral EconomicsBusiness networks Financial institutions Households
Journal ArticleSavings by and for the Poor: A Research Review and Agenda
Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral EconomicsBanks and banking Choice Consumption (Economics)
BlogOpen Access and UNU-WIDER
21 February 2014 Tony Addison Development researchers live in a world where research on development, not just in economics but also political science, environmental science, anthropology (to name just a few areas of inquiry) is abundant...Economic development Government policy (Poor) Measurement (Poverty)
Working PaperSocial Capital, Network Effects and Savings in Rural Vietnam
Information failures are a major barrier to formal financial saving in low income countries...Business networks Financial institutions Households
Journal ArticleIs Economic Volatility Detrimental to Global Sustainability?
In a dynamic panel data model allowing for error cross-section dependence, output volatility is found to impede sustainable development...Business cycles Capital investments Economic development
BlogDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development: Looking at the MDGs from a Different Angle?
George Mavrotas While recent years have witnessed new interest in the finance–growth nexus, the relationship between domestic resource mobilization and financial development remains relatively unexplored...Banks and banking Capital market Financial institutions
Policy BriefVulnerability in Developing Countries
The first Millennium Development Goal aims to halve the number of people in the world living in extreme poverty...Environmental economics Households Poverty
BookDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development
This significant and timely volume offers crucial insights into the constantly evolving debate within the international development community regarding the mobilization of domestic resources and the crucial role that financial development can and sho...Banks and banking Capital market Financial institutions
Book ChapterFinancial Sector Development in Zambia: Implications for Domestic Resource Mobilization
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentEconomic policy Financial institutions Microfinance
Book ChapterFinancial Reform and the Mobilization of Domestic Savings: The Experience of Morocco
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentCapital market Financial institutions Saving and investment
Book ChapterAsset Portfolios in Africa: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia
From the book: Personal Wealth from a Global PerspectiveEquality and inequality Households Poverty
Book ChapterDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development: Introduction
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentBanks and banking Capital market Financial institutions