What is research impact?
This page documents cases where we believe our research and communication activities have had an impact on the wider world of development. UNU-WIDER aims not only to create high-quality policy relevant research, but also to ensure that this research is shared with those who set the course of development policy. Our three core audiences, researchers, international development agencies, and national decision-makers, all rely on accurate and timely information to get their job done. We aim to provide that information in as many forms as possible, through events, the press, videos, social media, and our publications.
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NewsWIDER Seminar Series highlights latest findings on development economics
The weekly seminars held in Helsinki, open to all working on or interested in development, continue in November 2017.
In the mediaProfessor Ashwini Deshpande writes opinion piece on discrimination in Indian universities
Ashwini Deshpande has written an opinion piece based on her recent WIDER Working Paper in the Indian independent journalism site The Wire. She writes about the widespread prevalence of discriminatory attitudes towards quota students in India that...
In the mediaSmriti Sharma writes opinion piece on the role of education for Dalit children in India
UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Smriti Sharma has penned an opinion piece in Women and Girls, a news platform focused on issues faced by female populations in the developing world. She writes about the importance of reducing the educational disadvantage...
In the mediaThe Economist draws on UNU-WIDER work for article on Africa’s development model
An article published in The Economist has drawn on the UNU-WIDER project Industries without smokestacks to discuss why Africa’s development model puzzles economists. The article argues that Africa has not followed the patterns of structural...
NewsUNU-WIDER and partners launch the ETMOD microsimulation tool in Addis Ababa
In early July over 30 government officials and researchers from Ethiopia gathered for the launch and first training workshop of the Ethiopian tax and benefit microsimulation – ETMOD. Tax-benefit microsimulation models — which combine...
NewsUNU-WIDER welcomed Finnish UN field service group
The Finnish United Nations field service contingent visited UNU-WIDER in July as part of their yearly get-together, organized this year in Helsinki. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the Institute and its work in developing contexts, where...
In the mediaTax avoidance study used as an argument in favor of Lesotho’s growth and stability
The Kingdom of Lesotho is classified by the UN as one of the least developed countries in the world. It is entirely reliant on South Africa for all imports and exports, while a few commodities help supplement its income. Lesotho has suffered...
In the mediaNigerian daily business paper draws on the WIID
An editorial published in Business Day, a daily business newspaper based in Lagos, has drawn on the World Income Inequality Database (WIID) to point to Nigeria’s growing inequality. The piece uses the database along with measures from the...
LecturePublic Economics Winter School 2017
The University of Pretoria will hold from 3-7 July 2017 the second Winter School – one of the key events in the public economics capacity building initiative managed by GTAC on behalf of the National Treasury.
NewsChairperson of the WIDER Board writes on the future role of the World Bank
Ravi Kanbur, Chairperson of the WIDER board and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, argues that the World Bank needs to transform its role on the world stage in a new vox.eu column.WIDER Board World Bank
In the mediaRecent UNU-WIDER study on extractive dependency makes the headlines
A recent WIDER Working Paper by Alan Roe and Samantha Dodd received coverage in the Nambia Economist. The paper, published as part of the UNU-WIDER project Extractives for Development, draws together statistical information on extractive dependency...
NewsFinn Tarp opens Finnish Model UN conference
UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp opened Finland's only university-level Model UN conference on 5 April 2017 in Helsinki. He spoke to delegates about UNU-WIDER's ongoing work on transformation, inclusion, and sustainability, the Sustainable...SDG Environment
SeminarTowards a new consensus on the principles of policy-making for the contemporary world
In the mediaStudy on global tax avoidance garners worldwide attention
A new WIDER Working Paper has brought attention around the world to government revenue loss from tax avoidance. The study finds that, globally, low- and lower middle-income countries are hit the hardest; in terms of regions, losses are most intense...Tax evasion Profit shifting
NewsGovernment officials and researchers in Ecuador gather for ECUAMOD training
How does raising income tax affect government revenue? What are the costs and benefits of implementing a state pension? Tax and benefit microsimulation is a useful technique for determining how policy changes affect the distribution of income and...Microsimulation modelling Ecuador