Latest news: UNU-WIDER News – February 2022
Request for research proposals | Detecting and countering illicit financial flows – Second call
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) together with the Development Economics Research Group at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH-DERG) invite proposals for papers examining the challenge of illicit financial flows. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Submission deadline: 15 March 2022, 23:59 UTC+2. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/egZQp
Call for papers | WIDER Development Conference in Bogota
The International Economic Association (IEA) and UNU-WIDER will co-host two joint sessions during the 2022 WIDER Development Conference, to be held (on-site) in Bogota, Colombia, on October 5-7, 2022, in partnership with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES). We seek papers in the broad area of technology and labor market inequality. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2022. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/UjCz0
Blog | Above or below the poverty line
Did you know that only about one third of the data used to estimate global poverty rates is from real survey data? What does this mean for how we measure poverty around the world?
Find out in the new blog by Andy Sumner, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, based on their new journal article with Chris Hoy.
Women’s day special – Women’s work | 8 March, 16:00 UTC+2
The gender gaps in pay and labour force participation are real and persistent worldwide. Women often occupy the worst-paid jobs with the least protection, while gender-related social norms often hinder women’s access to better opportunities. How do the processes of economic development and social change affect women’s labour market outcomes? Join us in this Women’s Day special webinar. Register at: https://www.wider.unu.edu/node/239719/
Journal Article | Income distribution and the potential of redistributive systems in Africa
Redistributive systems in Africa are still in their infancy but are expanding in order to finance increasing public spending. This study aims at characterising the redistributive potential of six African countries: Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/h2uPS
Journal Article | Rural financial intermediation and poverty reduction in Ghana
The financial sector in rural areas, where most of the poor people in sub-Saharan Africa are found, has transformed massively in recent times, notably through the increased penetration of several types of rural financial intermediaries in addition to rural and community banks and microfinance institutions. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/ZdV6X
Journal Article | On the impact of inequality on growth, human development, and governance
With particular attention to work in economics, which is especially developed on these topics, this article reveals that the existing evidence is somewhat mixed and argues for further in-depth empirical work across disciplines. It also points to explanations for the lack of consensus embedded in data quality and availability, measurement issues, and shortcomings of the different methods employed.
Book | Social Mobility in Developing Countries
The edited volume Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods, and Determinants fills a crucial gap in social mobility studies and provides the foundation for future research on social mobility in countries of the Global South. As of 21 December 2021 the first press of the book is available from Oxford University Press, both in hardcover and free to download via full open access. Read more at https://go.unu.edu/5jNLa
Administration Team Assistant
UNU-WIDER is looking for a professional Administration Team Assistant to provide front-desk and administrative services to our Helsinki office.
As the frontline representative of the office, the Administration Team Assistant will screen visitors, manage phone and postal services, and provide meeting and logistical assistance. Supporting the safety and security of UNU-WIDER personnel and visitors, including monitoring door access and CCTV activity, supporting fire and safety protocols, and updating databases, will be a key feature of this dynamic position. Apply at https://go.unu.edu/pJNGS