Working Papers

The DESA Working Papers are preliminary documents circulated in a limited number of copies and posted on this website, to stimulate discussion and critical comment on the broad range of economic, social and environmental issues associated with the United Nations Development Agenda.

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Mapping the linkages between oceans and other Sustainable Development Goals: A preliminary exploration
by David Le Blanc, Clovis Freire, Marjo Vierros
February 2017ST/ESA/2017/DWP/149
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis, Sustainable Development
What can Uzbekistan tell us about industrial policy that we did not already know?
by Vladimir Popov, Anis Chowdhury
February 2016ST/ESA/2016/DWP/147
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Public-Private Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Fit for purpose?
by Jomo KS, Anis Chowdhury, Krishnan Sharma, Daniel Platz
February 2016ST/ESA/2016/DWP/148
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Key Issue: Financing for Development, Sustainable Development
The Contexts of Social Inclusion
by Hilary Silver
October 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/144
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Key Issue: Social Development
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 Blanc
October 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/146
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Inequality and Environmental Sustainability
by S. Nazrul Islam
August 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/145
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis, Sustainable Development
Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio Revisited
by Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner*
July 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/143
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Will Inequality Lead China to the Middle Income Trap?
by S. Nazrul Islam
June 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/142
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Towards integration at last? The sustainable development goals as a network of targets
by David Le Blanc
March 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/141
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis, Sustainable Development
Redistributive Policies for Sustainable Development: Looking at the Role of Assets and Equity
by Pierre Kohler
January 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/139
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis, Sustainable Development
The Global Consumption and Income Project (GCIP): An Introduction and Preliminary Findings
by Rahul Lahoti, Arjun Jayadev, and Sanjay G. Reddy
January 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/140
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Recent Downturn in Emerging Economies and Macroeconomic Implications for Sustainable Development: A case of India
by N R Bhanumurthy
October 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/137
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Absorbing innovative financial flows: Looking at Asia
by Rehman Sobhan
October 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/138
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Key Issue: Financing for Development
Towards a sustainable social model:Implications for the post-2015 agenda
by Nazrul Islam
September 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/136
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Key Issue: Social Development
Recipients and Contributors: Middle income countries and the future of development cooperation
by Jose Antonio Alonso, Jonathan Glennie and Andy Sumner 1
July 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/135
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
A comparative study of the forecasting performance of three international organizations
by Pingfan Hong, Zhibo Tan*
June 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/133
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Recent macroeconomic trends in emerging economies and implications for development (Country Study: Brazil)
by Eustáquio Reis
June 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/134
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
Crisis mismanagement in the US and Europe: impact on developing countries and longer-term consequences
by Dr. Yılmaz Akyüz
February 2014ST/ESA/2014/DWP/132
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
The new aid paradigm: A case of policy incoherence
by Geske Dijkstra
December 2013ST/ESA/2013/DWP/128
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
The spillover effects of unconventional monetary policies in major developed countries on developing countries
by Tatiana Fic
October 2013ST/ESA/2013/DWP/131
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Key Issue: Policy Analysis
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