BlogSocial mobility in developing countries: Research and policy gaps
Are the chances of a child growing up in China reaching higher income or occupational levels than their parents any higher than those of a child in India?...
Research BriefRevenue losses from tax-motivated mispricing in South Africa November 2019
New research provides the first direct evidence of tax-motivated transfer mispricing in a developing country...Tax International taxation Profit shifting
BlogRandomized control trials – why they deserve the Nobel and what should happen next
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach — randomized control trials (RCTs) — to alleviating global poverty...Development Economics Nobel Prize
BlogReflections on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics
The award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, has led to a flurry of blogs and op-ed pieces ...Nobel Prize Development Economics Structural transformation
BlogHow multinationals continue to avoid paying hundreds of billions of dollars in tax: New research
Tax havens have become a defining feature of the global financial system. Multinational companies can use various schemes to avoid paying taxes in countries where they make vast revenues...corporate income tax Taxation Profit shifting
BlogNobel prize in economics: experiments are no substitute for diagnosis
Sitting in front of a class of 20 young students at a private technical-vocational college on the edge of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, I cannot help but reflect on the fervent social media debates regarding the Royal Swedish Academy of Sci...
BlogIndonesia's huge fires and toxic haze will cause health problems for years to come
Indonesia is currently in the throes of an environmental emergency. Thousands of hectares of forest are burning across the vast country, causing toxic smoke to be released into the atmosphere...Maternal and child health Health outcomes Environment and climate
BlogHow Asia transformed from the poorest continent in the world into a global economic powerhouse
In 1820, Asia accounted for two-thirds of the world’s population and more than one-half of global income. The subsequent decline of Asia was attributed to its integration with a world economy shaped by colonialism and driven by imperialism...
The 2019 WIDER Annual Lecture discusses the challenges of social protection in economies with large informal sectors, such as in Latin America...
Research BriefThe impact of tax havens on South African revenue October 2019
The study uses a comparative analysis of foreign-owned firms operating in South Africa to show that firms with a parent registered in a tax haven tend to report 80% less in profits than similar firms without a parent in a tax haven...Tax International taxation Profit shifting
Policy BriefSocial protection, government revenue and microsimulation in developing countries October 2019
Social protection has attracted increasing interest in developing countries in recent decades and policies have been initiated in all developing regions...SOUTHMOD Microsimulation modelling Tax-benefit microsimulation
Policy BriefAid effectiveness: Growth and beyond October 2019
The questions of whether aid has impact and is effective have been the subject of considerable attention...Aid effectiveness aid and growth Development aid
Policy BriefHorizontal inequality: Global trends and data challenges October 2019
Inequality—both vertical (between individuals and households) and horizontal (between groups)—is a core concern in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...Group-based inequality Horizontal inequality Ethnic group
Policy BriefCan legal empowerment help to address ethnic exclusion? October 2019
‘Legal empowerment’ is defined as a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded become able to use the law to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors...Legal empowerment Group-based inequality Property rights
Research BriefFirms with high-growth episodes in South Africa: Are they persistently high-growth firms? October 2019
The analysis of firm growth has been a topic of consistent economic interest as a growing body of literature has lent support to the possibility that the majority of growth and new employment creation is the result of a small sub-sector of high-growt...Firm growth High-growth firms Regression analysis
BlogHighlights from the 2019 WIDER Development Conference
The World Bank recently estimated that two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries are at risk of automation...Jobs sdg8 Economic transformation