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Horizontal inequality: Exploring persistence and change

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A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications. ‘Economists have long recognised that there is an association between inequality and development’, reported the Economist in 2015, drawing on a much-discussed article by Alberto Alesina, Stelios Michalopoulos, and Elias Papaioannou – but ‘what may matter most … is not inequality in itself, but economic differences...

Tax havens - What is the nature of the beast?

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International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough? Tax havens have been in the headlines in recent years: ‘Panama Papers’, ‘Paradise Papers’, ‘Luxemburg Leaks’, and so forth. Tax havens are territories offering low taxation combined with high banking secrecy. This makes it both...

From PhD Fellow to President

Four years ago, in 2014, Juan Villa spent three months at UNU-WIDER in our PhD Fellowship Programme. I spoke to him on a sunny September afternoon while he was back in Helsinki for the Think development - Think WIDER conference about his journey since his studies, and about what’s next. Juan grew up in Colombia, then attended the University of Manchester as an international student, where he completed his PhD. After his PhD he moved to Washington DC where he worked as a social...

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Bust before boom: New gas finds, investments, and their implications in Mozambique November 2018

Large flows of foreign investments have not been translated into a boom for the Mozambican economy. On the contrary, they have foreshadowed a sustained period of deep economic difficulty for the country...

Economic diversification Economic transformation Extractive industries
Research Brief
Extractives and economic diversification in Mozambique: Wwill local content do the trick? November 2018

Extractives and interlinked industries are expecting a boom in Mozambique. This could be good news for the country’s economy, in theory. But can extractives really work as a driver to diversify the Mozambican economy?...

Natural resource management Extractive industries Economic diversification
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Horizontal inequality: Exploring persistence and change

A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications...

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From PhD Fellow to President: (of Colpensiones, Colombia’s public pension and social security administrator) – Juan Villa

Four years ago, in 2014, Juan Villa spent three months at UNU-WIDER in our PhD Fellowship Programme...

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Tax havens - What is the nature of the beast?

International development organizations largely agree that illicit capital flight from developing countries is an obstacle for development. And transparency is commonly seen as the best way to tackle the issue. But is it enough?...

corporate income tax Taxation Law and legislation (Taxation)
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‘Industrial’ policy in the 21st century

During the past week, I participated in two international conferences. The first was the WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki: Think development - Think WIDER ...

Industrialization structural change Employment and Industry
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Reflections on thinking development, thinking WIDER
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What do we talk about at a conference on development economics? Well, robots, rockets, and space, of course. 13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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What is the future of industrial policy in Africa: Views from Experts
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13 September through 15 September 2018, UNU-WIDER hosted the Think development - Think WIDER conference in Helsinki, Finland...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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Development policy in an era of robots: Views from the experts
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Labour-saving technology in the form of robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer networks may cause a rapid decline in global employment...

WIDER Development Conference Development Economics Economic policy
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New book from Oxford University Press looks at how to make extractive industries sustainable and inclusive
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Originally posted by Oxford Policy Management The extractives sector, and the way it works, continues to change rapidly and its importance to many lower-income economies continues to increase...

Extractive industries Resource curse Policy coordination
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Poverty and inequality – twins or just siblings?

Sitting in the large conference room where we are being invited to ‘Think WIDER’ at the WIDER Development Conference this September...

Poverty and inequality Poverty Inequality
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Comprehensive policy change needed in Myanmar to support structural transformation: Insights from the Myanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017

The Myanmar Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Survey 2017 shows that there is a need for comprehensive and immediate change in industrial, financial, and educational policies in Myanmar to support structural change and increase economic growth...

Myanmar SMEs Structural transformation
Policy Brief
Employment expectations of university students in Mozambique: Results from a baseline survey September 2018

Before now, there has been no systematic study of the transition of university students as they finish their studies and enter the labour market...

Employment Education Wages
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Baseline survey on Mozambican university graduates’ school-to-work transitions – looking forward to the launch

Baseline Survey on the School-to-Work Transitions of University Graduates in Mozambique will be launched on 4 September...

Higher education Mozambique labour markets
Research Brief
The decline of the labour share in Mexico, 1990–2015 August 2018

As with many other developed and emerging economies, in recent decades Mexico has experienced a long-term decline in the labour income share...

Labour market Informal sector Wages
Research Brief
Potential benefits and pitfalls of extractives in Mozambique: Lessons from international experience July 2018

Mozambique has seen a significant expansion of interest and investment in its extractive industries...

Extractive industries Resource curse Policy coordination
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