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Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Maria C. Lo Bue, Flaviana Palmisano - Oxford Bulletin of Economics And Statistics , 2020

The canonical approach to analyse the poverty impact of growth is based on the comparison of poverty before and after growth. Measurement tools endorsing this approach fail to capture the different experiences of poverty dynamic in the population: there can be groups of the population made...

– Introducing the Government Revenue Dataset 2020
Kyle McNabb - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Thanks to the updated version of the Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) we are now able to gain a clear picture of tax and other revenue trends in over 190 countries over the past four decades, now up until 2018. The GRD remains the most complete source of cross-country revenue data available...

Patricia Justino - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Professor Patricia Justino is a leading expert on the links between political violence and economic development. Her work has greatly expanded knowledge about the intersection between poverty, food insecurity, and conflict.  Since the beginning of history, humanity has faced a vicious...

UNU-WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The transformation of Asia’s education and health systems over the last 50 years has been breathtaking and unprecedented in human history. There are some central features of this transformation that clearly stand out. Over the last 50 years, all Asian countries have been able to...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Assessing the short-term impact on consumption and poverty of the 2015 flood in Mozambique
Vincenzo Salvucci, Ricardo Santos - Ecological Economics, 2020

Mozambique is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world. A bigger than usual, and mostly unexpected, flood occurred in the central-northern region of the country in the first few months of 2015, causing huge damage to infrastructures.  In this study, we use a nationally...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Kristi Mahrt, Andrea Rossi, Vincenzo Salvucci, Finn Tarp - Child Indicators Research, 2020

We analyse the multidimensional wellbeing of children aged 0–17 in Mozambique and find that 46.3% can be considered multidimensionally poor.  A substantial divide exists between urban and rural areas and between northern and southern provinces. We compare Mozambican children’s...

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Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, Michael Danquah - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

We present the first study that examines the effects of ethnic diversity on informal work. Using two waves of data from the Ghana Socioeconomic Panel Survey, we find that ethnic diversity is associated with a higher probability of engaging in informal work. Specifically, our instrumental variable...

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Evelyn Dietsche - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper explores the potential impacts of the transition to a low-carbon future for the taxation of extractive resources. The global debate on climate change has firmly moved on from the question of whether countries ought to shift towards such a future to that of how they are going to achieve...

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– An interpretative survey in the time of COVID-19
Prema-chandra Athukorala, Chaturica Athukorala - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-20—commonly known as the Spanish flu—infected over a quarter of the world’s population and killed over 50 million people. It is by far the greatest humanitarian disaster caused by infectious disease in modern history. Epidemiologists and...

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– A development perspective
Antonio Savoia, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews the recent literature on the developmental effects of resource abundance, assessing likely effects and channels with respect to income inequality, poverty, education, and health. To date, this area has received less analysis although it is relevant to the Sustainable...

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– Diagnosing South Africa's anomalies in the shadow of racial discrimination
Giorgio d'Agostino, Francesco Giuli, Marco Lorusso, Margherita Scarlato - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Inequality in South Africa is the enduring legacy of racial discrimination. We use a dynamic perspective to show the linkages between persistent effects of discrimination in the labour market and the efficacy of redistributive fiscal policy in reducing inequality. We present a machine-learning...

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– Economy-wide scenarios
Rob Davies, Dirk van Seventer - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Technical change impacts both the employment intensity of production and the composition of occupations and skills of employment. Artificial intelligence, automation, and robots are already leading to machines undertaking routinizable tasks previously carried out by workers. This can lead to...

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– Evolving trends during the transition to a low carbon future
Magnus Ericsson, Olof Löf - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The first objective of this paper is to update earlier assessments of mineral dependence in lower-income countries. In 2018, the mining of metals and coal continued to be an important contributor to the economies of several low- and middle-income countries. As in our previous calculations of the...

Patricia Justino, Bruno Martorano - The Conversation UK, 2020

While the rise of populist politicians in the Europe and the US gets a lot of attention from the media and researchers alike, the drivers of the populism taking hold in emerging and developing economies still receives relatively little scrutiny. In a new working paper we...

– Changing IMF orthodoxy (1985-95)
Timothy Shipp - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

UNU-WIDER was among the first to challenge IMF orthodoxy on macroeconomic stabilization. The 1985-87 project ‘Stabilization and adjustment policies and programmes’ put out a set of work that stands today as one of the first critical and credible collections calling for reconsideration...

– Letter from the Director
Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

2020 promised to be a big year for UNU-WIDER, with the celebration of our 35th anniversary, the 45th birthday of UNU, and 75 years of the UN. But as the year began, our focus quickly shifted away from celebrations and towards the more pressing concerns of an unprecedented global pandemic. The...

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