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Policy seminar
Changing technologies and the jobs of tomorrow

Watch the live stream recording United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a three-day...

12 September 2019
United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue and Klong Phadung Krungkasem Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Past event
Plenary session
The globotics transformation and development

Watch the live stream recording Digital technology is transforming globalization and robotics (‘globotics’) at a furious pace, and thus changing the opportunities and challenges facing developing and developed economies. This talk argues...

Technology robotics automation
Book Chapter
New technologies create opportunities

From the book: Industries without Smokestacks

Africa Industrialization Technology
Working Paper
New technologies create opportunities

This paper argues that new technologies—for communication, such as mobile phones and the internet, but also for manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and transport—have the potential to bridge many of the productivity gaps between sub-Sahar...

Africa Industrialization Technology
Working Paper
The social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa

This paper analyses the question why the South African government intends to procure nuclear energy technology, despite affordable and accessible fossil and renewable energy alternatives...

Environmental policy Renewable energy sources Technology
From 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
Economic Lessons from Recent Research for Achieving SDG8

This article is part of UNU’s “ 17 Days, 17 Goals ” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City...

Business enterprises Capital investments Economic assistance and foreign aid
Working Paper
Comparing the development of agricultural technology and information technology in rural Vietnam

This paper presents a descriptive analysis on the ownership of different types of technology—both agricultural machinery and information technology—within households in rural areas of Vietnam...

Agriculture Households Information technology
Firm-Level Technology and Competitiveness in Vietnam: Evidence from 2010-2014 surveys

This report summarises information from the Vietnam Technology and Competitiveness Survey (TCS) that has been conducted every year since 2010, concluding with 2014...

Technology Economic surveys Investments, Foreign
Book Chapter
Does Lack of Innovation and Absorptive Capacity Retard Economic Growth in Africa?

This paper reviews the innovative capabilities and absorptive capacities of African countries, and investigates whether they have played significant roles in the region’s slow and episodic economic growth...

Economic development Technological innovations Management (Technological innovations)
Firm-Level Technology and Competitiveness in Vietnam: Evidence from a Survey in 2013

This report summarises information from the 2013 Vietnam Technology and Competitiveness Survey (TCS), developed, in collaboration, by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), the General Statistics Office (GSO) and the Development Econom...

Competition Investments, Foreign Technology
Working Paper
Planning for Large-Scale Wind and Solar Power in South Africa: Identifying Cost-Effective Deployment Strategies Through Spatiotemporal Modelling

South Africa hopes to expand wind and solar power. Success depends on how and where to deploy the technologies. This study develops a 10-year database of expected power generation for these technologies across South Africa...

Electric utilities Renewable energy sources Technology
Working Paper
Learning to Export and Learning by Exporting: the Case of Ethiopian Manufacturing

In this study, we investigate the relationship between exporting and firm performance using a longer panel dataset of Ethiopian manufacturing firms for the period 1996−2009...

Corporations Econometric models (Economic development) Industrial organization (Economic theory)
Working Paper
Behavioral Design: a New Approach to Development Policy

Successful development programs rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways, and behavioral economics helps us understand why people behave and choose as they do...

Agriculture Experimental design Microeconomics
Study Shows Effectiveness of Mobile Phones in Promoting Reading and Literacy in Developing Countries

A UNESCO study published 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day explains how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries.

Technology Literacy Mobile phones
Journal Article
Behavioral Design: A New Approach to Development Policy

Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral Economics

Agriculture Experimental design Microeconomics
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