17 December 2014
As we move towards the year's end, UNU-WIDER can look back on a remarkable series of events in 2014, and forward to our 30th anniversary in 2015. The WIDER Annual Lecture 18, by Peter Timmer, took place at the UN in New York on 18th November. This followed our well-attended inequality conference in September, and our Hanoi conference on institutional reform in June. Along the way, we had numerous other project meetings and presentations, including a policy seminar in Geneva on Giovanni Andrea Cornia's new book on Latin American inequality. Meanwhile, we published over 160 working papers, not to mention journal papers and journal special issues. It's been a great 2014.
This double issue of Angle for November-December starts with Roger Williamson's report on Peter Timmer's Annual Lecture. The lecture focused on the kinds of economic transformation necessary to make real progress post-2015. Generating better livelihoods for poorer people, and more food security, entails meeting the challenge of agricultural development. More on Peter Timmer's Annual Lecture is available here and is a recommended read.
As important to inclusive growth is the creation of manufacturing and high-value service sectors which generate good jobs. Over the last few years, UNU-WIDER's Learning to Compete (L2C) project has been busy looking at what it takes for countries in Africa to achieve the kind of spectacular transformation seen in the economies of Asia. In this issue of Angle, John Page presents highlights of the project, and the ways that policy makers can take the challenge forward.
This year has certainly been the year of inequality--it seems to be in every op-ed piece I read about development and growth. Of course, Thomas Piketty's new book has been a massive stimulus to creative research in this area. We had over 300 researchers at our inequality conference, and you can view all the sessions here. Roger Williamson reports further on the conference, and our progress, in this issue of Angle.
RESEARCHAngle features two outputs from the project on Latin American inequality led by Andrea Cornia. One takes a broad empirical view of the decline in inequality, the other focuses on the specific case of Ecuador. We also complement the piece by John Page on Africa, with another a piece summarizing some of the L2C work on structural change and poverty in Africa.
By the way, you can see a seminar on Andrea Cornia's book...