UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
The 2020 WIDER Annual Lecture by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown will take place online on 26 October. As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this WIDER Annual Lecture discusses whether the UN can reinvent itself, or whether it will sink into irrelevance? More
Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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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