DESA Working Papers

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Public-Private Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Fit for purpose?
by Jomo KS, Anis Chowdhury, Krishnan Sharma, Daniel PlatzFebruary 2016 Read abstract
What can Uzbekistan tell us about industrial policy that we did not already know?
by Vladimir Popov, Anis ChowdhuryFebruary 2016 Read abstract
How well are the links between education and other sustainable development goals covered in UN flagship reports? A contribution to the study of the science-policy interface on education in the UN system
by Katia Vladimirova, David Le BlancOctober 2015 Read abstract
Inequality and Environmental Sustainability
by S. Nazrul IslamAugust 2015 Read abstract
The Contexts of Social Inclusion
by Hilary SilverOctober 2015 Read abstract
Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio Revisited
by Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner*July 2015 Read abstract
Will Inequality Lead China to the Middle Income Trap?
by S. Nazrul IslamJune 2015 Read abstract
Towards integration at last? The sustainable development goals as a network of targets
by David Le BlancMarch 2015 Read abstract
The Global Consumption and Income Project (GCIP): An Introduction and Preliminary Findings
by Rahul Lahoti, Arjun Jayadev, and Sanjay G. ReddyJanuary 2015 Read abstract
Redistributive Policies for Sustainable Development: Looking at the Role of Assets and Equity
by Pierre KohlerJanuary 2015 Read abstract
Absorbing innovative financial flows: Looking at Asia
by Rehman SobhanOctober 2014 Read abstract
Recent Downturn in Emerging Economies and Macroeconomic Implications for Sustainable Development: A case of India
N R BhanumurthyOctober 2014 Read abstract
Towards a sustainable social model:Implications for the post-2015 agenda
Nazrul IslamSeptember 2014 Read abstract
Recipients and Contributors: Middle income countries and the future of development cooperation
(Spanish version)
Jose Antonio Alonso, Jonathan Glennie and Andy Sumner1July 2014 Read abstract
Recent macroeconomic trends in emerging economies and implications for development
Country Study: Brazil1

Eustáquio ReisJune 2014 Read abstract
A comparative study of the forecasting performance of three international organizations
Pingfan Hong, Zhibo Tan*June 2014 Read abstract
Crisis mismanagement in the US and Europe: impact on developing countries and longer-term consequences
Dr. Y?lmaz AkyüzFebruary 2014 Read abstract
The spillover effects of unconventional monetary policies in major developed countries on developing countries
Tatiana FicOctober 2013 Read abstract
The distributional effects of fiscal austerity
Laurence Ball, Davide Furceri, Daniel Leigh, and Prakash LounganiJune 2013 Read abstract
The new aid paradigm: A case of policy incoherence
Geske Dijkstra
December 2013 Read abstract
Aid Securitization: Beyond IFFIm
Suhas Ketkar
August 2012 Read abstract
Overcoming the Technical and Political Difficulties of Using SDRs for Development Purposes
Bilge Erten
August 2012 Read abstract
Half a Century of Proposals for ‘Innovative’ Development Financing
Barry HermanJuly 2013 Read abstract
International Development Finance: The Latin American Experience
Ricardo GottschalkAugust 2012 Read abstract
International Tax Cooperation and Innovative Development Finance
Valpy FitzGeraldJanuary 2012 Read abstract
The international development strategy beyond 2015: taking demographic dynamics into account
Ana Luiza CortezDecember 2012 Read abstract
From aid to global development policy
José Antonio AlonsoSeptember 2012 Read abstract
Building a stable and equitable global monetary system
Bilge Erten and José Antonio OcampoAugust 2012 Read abstract
Should global goal setting continue, and how, in the post 20-15 era?
Sakiko Fukuda-ParrJuly 2012 Read abstract
Learning from the past: Which of the past/current development strategies are best suited to deal with the ‘quadruple crisis’?
Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Milica UvalicJune 2012 Read abstract
Financial sector compensation and excess risk-taking—a consideration of the issues and policy lessons
Krishnan SharmaApril 2012 Read abstract
Financing small-scale infrastructure investments in developing countries
Daniel L. Bond, Daniel Platz and Magnus MagnussonMay 2012 Read abstract
Reason, Empathy, and Fair Play: The Climate Policy Gap
Elizabeth A. Stanton, Frank Ackerman, and Ramón BuenoApril 2012 Read abstract
The Imprudence of Labour Market Flexibilization in a Fiscally Austere World
Jeronim Capaldo and Alex IzurietaApril 2012 Read abstract
Is the Distribution of Foreign Aid MDG-sensitive?
Degol Hailu and Raquel TsukadaFebruary 2012 Read abstract
Super-cycles of commodity prices since the mid-nineteenth century
Bilge ErtenFebruary 2012 Read abstract
Beyond market access: Trade-related measures for the least developed countries. What strategy?
Ana Luiza CortezDecember 2011 Read abstract
Macroeconomic Policy for Growth and Poverty Reduction: An Application to Post-Conflict and Resource-Rich Countries
Degol Hailu and John WeeksJuly 2011 Read abstract
Food Crises and Gender Inequality
Bina AgarwalJune 2011 Read abstract
The Scorecard on Development, 1960-2010: Closing the Gap?
Mark Weisbrot and Rebecca RayJune 2011 Read abstract
Credit to Private Sector, Interest Spread and Volatility in Credit-Flows: Do Bank Ownership and Deposits Matter?
Hamid RashidMay 2011 Read abstract
Adapting the international monetary system to face 21st century challenges
Aldo CaliariMay 2011 Read abstract
Behavioural Factors as Emerging Main Determinants of Child Mortality in Middle-Income Countries: A Case Study of Jordan
Cornelia Kaldewei and Ingo PitterleFebruary 2011 Read abstract
Globalization and development in sub-Saharan Africa
Jomo Kwame Sundaram with Oliver Schwank and Rudiger von ArnimFebruary 2011 Read abstract
Economic Integration, Inequality and Growth:Latin America vs. the European economies in transition
Giovanni Andrea CorniaJanuary 2011 Read abstract
Growth, Poverty and Inequality: From Washington Consensus to Inclusive Growth
Rolph van der HoevenOctober 2010 Read abstract
Labour Markets Trends, Financial Globalization and the current crisis in Developing Countries
Rolph van der HoevenOctober 2010 Read abstract
Social Policy in Development: Coherence and Cooperation in the Real World
Merilee S. GrindleSeptember 2010 Read abstract
Impact of the Global Economic Crises on Civil Society Organizations
Eva-Maria HanfstaenglSeptember 2010 Read abstract
CRED: A New Model of Climate and Development
Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton, Ramón BuenoJuly 2010 Read abstract
Estimating the Amount of a Global Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Electricity
Samantha DeMartino, David Le BlancApril 2010 Read abstract
A Non-Parametric Microsimulation Approach to Assess Changes in Inequality and Poverty
Rob Vos and Marco V. SánchezMarch 2010 Read abstract
Resource abundance: A curse or blessing?!
Victor Polterovich, Vladimir Popov, and Alexander TonisJune 2010 Read abstract
Poverty reduction in China and India: Policy implications of recent trends
Jayati GhoshJanuary 2010 Read abstract
Property Rights for Poverty Reduction?
Ruth Meinzen-DickDecember 2009 Read abstract
Growth, Development Policy,Job Creation and Poverty Reduction
Lance TaylorDecember 2009 Read abstract
Microfinance as a Poverty Reduction Tool—A Critical Assessment
Anis ChowdhuryDecember 2009 Read abstract
The Terrible Simplifers: Common Origins of Financial Crises and Persistent Poverty in Economic Theory and the new ‘1848 Moment’
Erik S. ReinertDecember 2009 Read abstract
Globalization, Offshoring and Economic Insecurity in
Industrialized Countries

William Milberg and Deborah WinklerNovember 2009 Read abstract
Mananging Financial Instability: Why Prudence is not

Yilmaz AkyüzOctober 2009 Read abstract
Insurance against Losses from Natural Disasters in Developing

Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer and Reinhard MechlerOctober 2009 Read abstract
Assessing the success of microinsurance programmes in meeting the insurance needs of the poor

Paul MosleyOctober 2009 Read abstract
Assessing the insurance role of microsavings
David Hulme, Karen Moore and Armando BarrientosOctober 2009 Read abstract
Can Microfinance Reduce Economic Insecurity and Poverty? By How Much and How?
Nazrul IslamOctober 2009 Read abstract
Insurance, Credit and Safety Nets for the Poor in a World of Risk

Daniel Clarke and Stefan DerconOctober 2009 Read abstract
The Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy for Reducing Poverty: A Failed Promise
Aneel KarnaniAugust 2009 Read abstract
The Emperor’s New Suit: Global Poverty Estimates Reappraised

Sanjay G. ReddyDecember 2009 Read abstract
The Impact of Remittances on Economic Insecurity

Krishnan SharmaJuly 2009 Read abstract
Should Financial Flows Be Regulated? Yes

Gerald EpsteinJuly 2009 Read abstract
Infrastructure finance in developing countries—the potential of sub-sovereign bonds

Daniel PlatzJuly 2009 Read abstract
Governance, Growth and Poverty Reduction

Mushtaq H. KhanJune 2009 Read abstract
Impact of the global crisis on the achievement of the MDGs in Latin America

Rob Vos and Marco V. SánchezJune 2009 Read abstract
Climate Policy Integration: Towards Operationalization
Imran Habib AhmadMarch 2009 Read abstract
Role of media in curbing corruption: the case of Uganda under President Yoweri K. Museveni during the “no-party” system
Monica NogaraJanuary 2009 Read abstract
The TRIPS Agreement and Transfer of Climate-
Change-Related Technologies to Developing Countries

Matthew LittletonOctober 2008 Read abstract
Programmes to Protect the Hungry:
Lessons from India

Madhura SwaminathanOctober 2008 Read abstract
Should there be a coordinated response to the problem of global imbalances? Can there be one?
Barry Eichengreen September 2008 Read abstract
Latin America and the Caribbean’s Challenge to Reach the MDGs: Financing Options and Trade-offs
Rob Vos, Marco V. Sánchez and Cornelia Kaldewei
September 2008 Read abstract
Economic Liberalization and Constraints to Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Rudiger von Arnim September 2008 Read abstract
Obstacles to Implementing Lessons from the 1997-1998 East Asian Crises
Jomo Kwame Sundaram August 2008 Read abstract
New Thinking on Poverty: Implications for Globalisation and Poverty Reduction Strategies

Paul Shaffer February 2008 Read abstract
Excess liquidity, oligopolistic loan markets and monetary policy in LDCs

Tarron Khemraj February 2008 Read abstract
A Framework for Analyzing Tariffs and Subsidies in Water Provision to Urban Households in Developing Countries

David le Blanc January 2008 Read abstract
Decent Workplaces, Self-Regulation and CSR: From Puff to Stuff?
Guy Standing November 2007 Read abstract
Debt Sustainability in Emerging Markets:
A Critical Appraisal

Yilmaz Akyüz November 2007 Read abstract
What does excess bank liquidity say about the loan market in Less Developed Countries?
Tarron Khemraj November 2007 Read abstract
The Instability and Inequities of the Global Reserve System
José Antonio Ocampo November 2007 Read abstract
How Cash Transfers Boost Work and Economic Security
Guy Standing October 2007 Read abstract
The relationship between rainfall and human density and its implications for future water stress in sub-Saharan Africa
David le Blanc and Romain Perez October 2007 Read abstract
Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Also: Russian VersionTariq Banuri and Hans Opschoor October 2007 Read abstract

ST/ESA/2007/DWP/55Corruption and Democracy
Michael T. Rock August 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/54Governance, Economic Growth
and Development since the 1960s
Mushtaq H. Khan August 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/53Industrial Policy and Growth
Helen Shapiro August 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/52Have Collapses in Infrastructure Spending led to
Cross-Country Divergence in Per Capita GDP?
Francisco Rodriguez July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/51Openness and Growth: What Have We Learned?
Francisco Rodriguez August 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/50What we do and don’t know about trade liberalization and poverty reduction
Rob Vos August 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/49Growth, employment and poverty: An analysis of the vital nexus based on some recent UNDP and ILO/SIDA studies
Azizur Rahman Khan July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/48A Compendium of Policy Instruments to Enhance Financial Stability and Debt Management in Emerging Market Economies
Ronald U. Mendoza July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/47Labour Market Flexibility and Decent Work
Gerry Rodgers July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/46Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment
Martha Alter Chen July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/45Inequality in India: A survey of recent trends
Parthapratim Pal and Jayati Ghosh July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/44A growth model for a two-sector economy with endogenous productivity
Codrina Rada July 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/43The conflict-growth nexus and the poverty of nations
Syed Mansoob Murshed June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/42Modernizing the informal sector
Victor E. Tokman June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/41Developing Countries, Donor Leverage, and Access to Bird Flu Vaccines
CHAN Chee Khoon and Gilles de Wildt June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/40Transforming the developmental
welfare states in East Asia

Huck-ju Kwon June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/39A counter-cyclical framework for a development-friendly
international financial architecture

José Antonio Ocampo and Stephany Griffith-Jones June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/38Central banks as agents of employment creation
Gerald Epstein June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/37Regional Social Policy
Bob Deacon, Isabel Ortiz and Sergei Zelenev June 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2007/DWP/36Constraints to achieving the MDGs through domestic resource mobilization
Rob Vos, Marco Sanchez and Keiji Inoue May 2007 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/35Globalizing Inequality: ‘Centrifugal’
and ‘Centripetal’ Forces at Work

José Gabriel Palma September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/34Developing and Transition Economies in the
Late 20th Century: Diverging Growth Rates,
Economic Structures, and Sources of Demand

Codrina Rada and Lance Taylor September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/33Growth with Equity in East Asia?
Jomo K.S. September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/32Employment and Decent Work
in the Era of ‘Flexicurity’

Robert Boyer September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/31The Scorecard on Development:
25 Years of Diminished Progress

Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, and David Rosnick September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/30Achieving the Millennium Development Goals:
What’s wrong with existing analytical models?

Sanjay G. Reddy and Antoine Heuty September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/29Development Aid and Economic Growth:
A Positive Long-Run Relation

Sanjay G. Reddy and Camelia Minoiu September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/28Real Income Stagnation of Countries, 1960-2001
Sanjay G. Reddy and Camelia Minoiu September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/27Riding the Elephants: The Evolution of World
Economic Growth and Income Distribution at the End of the Twentieth Century (1980-2000)

Albert Berry and John Serieux September 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/26Global Income Inequality: What It Is And Why It Matters?
Branko Milanovic August 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/25Openness, Inequality and Poverty in Africa
Alemayehu Geda August 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/24The Dual Divergence: Growth Successes and
Collapses in the Developing World since 1980

José Antonio Ocampo and María Angela Parra June 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/23The Politics of Inclusion in the Monterrey Process
Barry Herman April 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/22Equity in Latin America Since the 1990s
Pedro Sáinz June 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/21GDP-Indexed Bonds: Making It Happen
Stephany Griffith-Jones and Krishnan Sharma April 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/20Growth is Failing the Poor: The Unbalanced Distribution
of the Benefi ts and Costs of Global Economic Growth

David Woodward and Andrew Simms March 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/19Real Exchange Rate, Monetary Policy and Employment
Roberto Frenkel and Lance Taylor February 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/18Inequality and Household Economic
Hardship in the United States of America

Heather Boushey and Christian E. Weller April 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/17Poverty and Inequality in Eastern Europe
and the CIS Transition Economies

Mihaly Simai February 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/16Revisiting the Revolving Door: Capital Flight from Southeast Asia
Edsel L. Beja, Jr. August 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/15Constraints to Achieving the MDGs with Scaled-Up Aid
François Bourguignon and Mark Sundberg March 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/14Development and Social Goals: Balancing Aid
and Development to Prevent ‘Welfare Colonialism’

Erik S. Reinert January 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/13Evaluating Targeting Efficiency of Government
Programmes: International Comparisons

Nanak Kakwani and Hyun H. Son February 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/12What is the Most Effective Monetary
Policy for Aid-Receiving Countries?

Alessandro Prati and Thierry Tressel February 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/11Rural Development, Environmental Sustainability, and
Poverty Alleviation: A Critique of Current Paradigms

Susanne D. Mueller January 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/10International Capital Flows, Financial Stability and Growth
Graciela L. Kaminsky December 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2006/DWP/9Market, Social Cohesion, and Democracy
José Antonio Ocampo February 2006 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/8Dynamic Links between the Economy and Human Development
Gustav Ranis and Frances Stewart November 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/7Trade and Employment: Stylized Facts and Research Findings
Bernard Hoekman and L. Alan Winters November 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/6Inequality Trends in Some Developed OECD Countries
John Weeks October 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/5Trade Liberalization and Employment
Eddy Lee October 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/4The Economic and Social Effects of Financial Liberalization: A Primer for Developing Countries
Jayati Ghosh October 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/3Policy Reform and Income Distribution
Giovanni Andrea Cornia October 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/2A Converging or Diverging World?
Bob Sutcliffe October 2005 Read abstractST/ESA/2005/DWP/1A Broad View of Macroeconomic Stability
José Antonio Ocampo October 2005 Read abstract

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