Effective States and Inclusive Development

Trillions gained and lost – The Wealth of Nations revisited

16 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. Why are there such significant and persistent differences in living standards across countries? This is one of the most important and challenging areas of development policy.  For individual countries in the developing world, extreme fluctuations in growth

Richard Joseph argues against development without democracy in Africa (CDD Ghana)

7 April 2014. Last month our partners at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development hosted political scientist Richard Joseph (Northwestern University) for a talk in which he questioned the “revisionist” argument that high levels of economic growth require sacrificing som

How should Uganda grow?

14 March 2014. ESID’s new working paper answers the question “How should Uganda grow?” Authors Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett use product-space analysis that, in light of the country’s structural trends and productiv

The dynamics of economic growth: a visual handbook of growth rates, regimes, transitions and volatility

ESID is pleased to announce the publication of ‘The Dynamics of Economic Growth:  A Visual Handbook of Growth Rates, Regimes, Transitions and Volatility’ (PDF, 18.80MB) by Sabyasachi Kar, Lant Pritchett, Selim Raihan and Kunal Sen. The Handbook  presents graphs to illustrate the dynam

How should Uganda grow?

Briefing No. 3 Income per capita in Uganda has doubled in the last 20 years. However, economic growth has been concentrated in non-tradable activities and faces challenges, including rapid rural population growth, high dependency ratios and an approaching oil boom of uncertain size an

The political economy determinants of economic growth

Objective This project aims to contribute to the literature on the political determinants of growth in three ways: Attempting to understand the political drivers of within-country growth. Using the conceptual frameworks developed in ESID Working Paper 5 and ESID Working Paper 16 to ex

The political economy of growth in Cambodia

Objective The political economy determinants of economic growth in Cambodia are studied using a political settlements approach, buttressed by conceptual innovations surrounding the study of growth phases, bureaucratic capacity, and the character of the climate for investment. Cases Ca

Professor Kunal Sen

Role Kunal Sen is Director Designate of UNU-WIDER, Professor of Development Economics and Policy at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and Joint Research Director of the ESID research centre. Research Kunal’s current research is on the political economy

How should Uganda grow?

Working paper 30 Policy paper 2 Download pdf Ricardo Hausmann, Brad Cunningham, John Matovu, Rosie Osire and Kelly Wyett Abstract Income per capita in Uganda has doubled in the last 20 years. This remarkable performance has been buoyed by significant aid flows and large external imbal

Trillions gained and lost. Estimating the magnitude of growth episodes

Working Paper 26 Download pdf Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan Abstract We propose and implement a new technique for measuring the total magnitude of a growth episode: the change in output per capita resulting from one structural break in the trend growth of