Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
In September 2019, UNU-WIDER is launching its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Industrial Policy and the Challenge for Africa
Transforming economies – for better jobs
WIDER Development Conference in partnership with UNESCAP, 11-13 September 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand
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.
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.
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.
9 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperThe contribution of services to trade and development in Southern Africa
Services are the fastest growing portion of world trade and now account for nearly a quarter of global exports. This presents opportunities for emerging economies to adapt and enter new markets...Tradable sectors Services International trade
Book ChapterEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania's service sector
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Informal sector Economic growth
Book ChapterUnderstanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa: an overview
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Economic development South Africa
Book ChapterSenegal: A service economy in need of an export boost
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksExports Services Tourism
Book ChapterTrade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Productivity Growth
Working PaperTrade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
This paper reviews the role of services in development and growth, the potential role of trade in services as a driver of the productivity performance of sectors that use services as inputs, and the links between services policies and domestic trade ...Services Productivity Growth
Working PaperEmployment and productivity growth in Tanzania’s service sector
Despite Tanzania’s rapid recent growth, the vast majority of employment creation has been in informal services. This paper addresses the role that different subsectors of formal and informal services have played in Tanzania’s growth...Services Informal sector Economic growth
Working PaperUnderstanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa: An overview
The South African services sector is large and growing. This coupled with declining employment shares in manufacturing and mining (i.e. deindustrialization) suggests that South Africa is a de facto service-orientated economy...Services Economic development South Africa
Working PaperSenegal—a service economy in need of an export boost
This paper first summarizes the macroeconomic and trade performance of Senegal, emphasizing the limits of traditional exports...Exports Services Tourism