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.
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Policy seminarChanging 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...
Plenary sessionThe 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 ChapterNew technologies create opportunities
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksAfrica Industrialization Technology
Working PaperNew 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 PaperThe 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
BlogFrom 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
BlogEconomic 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 PaperComparing 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
ReportFirm-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 ChapterDoes 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)
ReportFirm-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 PaperPlanning 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 PaperLearning 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 PaperBehavioral 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
NewsStudy 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 ArticleBehavioral Design: A New Approach to Development Policy
Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral EconomicsAgriculture Experimental design Microeconomics