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Piva, Mariacristina & Marco Vivarelli, 2017, Is innovation destroying jobs? Firm-level evidence from the EU, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-013

Ragab, Nora Jasmin, Laura Rahmeier & Melissa Siegel, Jan 2017, Mapping the Syrian diaspora in Germany - Contributions to peace, reconstruction and potentials for collaboration with German Development Cooperation, commissioned by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), More information

Wiebe, Kirsten, Feb 2017, Raising the international poverty line - a comparison of necessary adjustments of final demand spending in OECd and non-OECD countries, in: Alsamawi, A., McBain, D., Murray, J., Lenzen, M., Wiebe, K.S, The Social Footprints of Global Trade, Springer, International Publishing AG, More information

Naudé, Wim & Paula Nagler, 2017, Inclusive Industrialisation and Innovation, Development, doi: 10.1057/s41301-016-0050-0

Keijser, Charlotte & Michiko Iizuka, 2017, Pathways for capacity building in heterogeneous value chains: Evidence from the case of IT-enabled services in South Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-012

Broich, Tobias, 2017, Do authoritarian regimes receive more Chinese development finance than democratic ones? Empirical evidence for Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-011

Broich, Tobias, 2017, U.S. and Soviet foreign aid during the Cold War: A case study of Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-010

Mazeikaite, Gintare, Denisa Maria Sologon & Cathal O'Donoghue (eds.), Feb 2017, Decomposing health inequality in the EU, LISER Working Papers n°2017-02, 40 p, More information

Waidler, Jennifer, Michaella Vanore, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Migration and the Multi-Dimensional Well-Being of Elderly Persons in Georgia, Journal of Population Ageing, DOI: 10.1007/s12062-017-9176-4, More information

Devereux, Stephen & Jennifer Waidler, Jan 2017, Why does malnutrition persist in South Africa despite social grants?, Food Security SA Working Paper Series No.001. DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, South Africa, More information

Mekonnen Melesse, Tigist, 2017, Financing rural households and its impact: Evidence from randomized field experiment data, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-009

Mekonnen Melesse, Tigist, 2017, Impact of agricultural technology adoption on market participation in the rural social network system, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-008

Mekonnen Melesse, Tigist, 2017, Productivity and household welfare impact of technology adoption: Micro-level evidence from rural Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-007

Wong, Pui-hang, 2017, How development aid explains (or not) the rise and fall of insurgent attacks in Iraq, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-006

Marotta, Julieta, 2017, Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of Victims of Domestic Violence through Legal Organisations in the City of Buenos Aires: A Qualitative Empirical Legal Study, PhD Dissertation UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University

Konte, Maty, 2017, Do remittances not promote growth? A finite mixture-of-regressions approach, Empirical Economics, doi:10.1007/s00181-016-1224-z, 0000, More information

Ramani, Shyama V. , Timothée Frühauf & Arijita Dutta, 2017, On Diarrhoea in Adolescents and School Toilets: Insights from an Indian Village School Study, The Journal of Development Studies, DOI 10.1080/00220388.2016.1277017, More information

Frenken, Jonas Hub & Dorcas Mbuvi, 2017, Country risk, FDI flows and convergence trends in the context of the Investment Development Path, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-005

Franco-Correa, Andrea, 2017, On the Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty as a Policy Tool: Empirical Applications to Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information

Piva, Mariacristina, Massimiliano Tani & Marco Vivarelli, 2017, Labour mobility through business visits as a way to foster productivity, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-004

Confraria, Hugo, Manuel Mira Godinho & Lili Wang, 2017, Determinants of citation impact: A comparative analysis of the Global South versus the Global North, Research Policy, Volume 46, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages 265–279, More information

Takhtamanova, Yelena & Eva Sierminska, 2017, Impact of the Great Recession on industry unemployment: a 1976-2011 comparison, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-003

Mideros Mora, Andres & Franziska Gassmann, 2017, Fostering social mobility: The case of the 'Bono de Desarrollo Humano' in Ecuador, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-002

Kahanec, Martin & Mariola Pytliková, 2017, The economic impact of East-West migration on the European Union, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-001

Wang, Fei, Liqiu Zhao & Zhong Zhao, 2017, China’s family planning policies and their labor market consequences, Journal of Population Economics, January 2017, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 31–68 , More information

Akay, Alpaslan, Amelie Constant, Corrado Giulietti & Martin Guzi, 2017, Ethnic diversity and well-being, Journal of Population Economics, January 2017, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 265–306 , More information

Brown, Alessio J. G. & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, Three decades of publishing research in population economics, Journal of Population Economics, January 2017, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 11–27 , More information

Ramani, Shyama V. , Ajay Thutupalli, Tamas Medovarszki, Sutapa Chattopadhyay & Veena Ravichandran, 2017, Women Entrepreneurs in the Informal Economy: Is formalisation the only solution for business sustainability?, in: Colin C. Williams, Anjula Gurtoo, Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, Routledge, London

International Labour Organization, ILO, 2016, Promoting informed policy dialogue on migration, remittance and development in Nepal, Kathmandu, ISBN: 9789221308034; 9789221308041, More information

Tirivayi, Nyasha, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sonila Tomini, Cristy Mclennan, David Rinnert & Mira Gratier, Oct 2016, Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe – Impact Evaluation Findings , Brief is based on the evaluation report titled Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, More information

Tirivayi, Nyasha, Prosper Matondi, Sonila Tomini, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sheila Chikulo & Claudia van den Berg Morelli, Jul 2016, Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, Commissioned by CARE International and DFID in Zimbabwe, More information

Naudé, Wim, 2016, Is European Entrepreneurship in Crisis?, CESIfo DICE Report 3/2016: pp. 3-7

Nagler, Paula & Wim Naudé, 2016, Non-Farm Enterprises in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: New Empirical Evidence, Food Policy,, More information

Foster-McGregor, Neil & Bart Verspagen, 2016, The Role of Structural Change in the Economic Development of Asian Economies, Asian Development Review, 33, pp. 74-93, More information

Nomaler, Önder & Bart Verspagen, 2016, River deep, mountain high: of long run knowledge trajectories within and between innovation clusters, Journal of Economic Geography, 16, pp. 1259-1278, More information

Wintjes, René, Nov 2016, Systems and Modes of ICT Innovation, This report focuses on modes of ICT innovation at the meso level of systems and the micro level of firms. After a summary of the literature on national innovation systems, and it’s sectoral and regional applications, we discuss how the concept of innovation systems can be applied to the case of ICT innovation. A framework for indicators is proposed to characterize the performance of ICT innovation systems. Due to the multi-purpose and pervasive nature of ICT, it is relevant to extend the innovation systems concept to the societal level. The resource-based view of the innovative firm fits very well with the innovation systems perspective. Patterns in the firm-level sets (combinations, or mix) of resources and capabilities can be identified with factor-analysis and they give rise to the main types or modes of innovative behaviour. Monitoring ICT innovation systems is important as it allows us to learn how to improve the policy and performance of current and future systems. It allows us to design and improve an ICT innovation policy mix, which is tailored to the specific ICT modes of innovation, and also tailored to the prioritized mix of challenges (e.g. economic, social, environmental, health, or other impacts). Since ICT innovations emerge and diffuse fast, timing in institutional change is crucial. Setting new standards, and updating regulations can create a competitive edge. ICT innovation policy has become (and should be addressed as) a horizontal policy field which maintains systemic linkages with other policy fields. At both the system and firm level, there are several modes of ICT innovation. Policy makers should not reduce diversity by favouring only one mode. As an extension to Lundvalls’ theory on interactive learning between producers and users of knowledge, we add that policy for ICT innovation should be produced in interaction with its users, 71, More information

Ong, Cheng Boon & Loveleen De, Dec 2016, India: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in: Isabel Ortiz, Valérie Schmitt, Loveleen De (eds), Social Protection Floors. Volume 2: Innovations to extend coverage, International Labour Organization, Geneva, 61-68, More information

McGrath, Cecile, Julie Hofman, Lubica Bajzikova, Emma Harte, Anna Lasakova, Paulina Pankowska, Simone Sasso, Julie Bélanger, Silvia Florea & Jelena Krivograd, 2016, Governance and Adaptation to Innovative Modes of Higher Education Provision, Research report. Santa Monica, California: RAND Europe, More information

Sasso, Simone & Jo Ritzen, 2016, Sectoral Cognitive Skills, R&D, and Productivity: A Cross-Country Cross-Sector Analysis, IZA Discussion Paper 10457, More information

Charmes, Jacques, Fred Gault & Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, 2016, Measuring Innovation in the Informal Economy - Formulating an Agenda, in: Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Sacha Wunsch-Vincent (eds.), The Informal Economy in Developing Nations – Hidden Engine of Innovation, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 332-362

Gault, Fred, 2016, User Innovation and Official Statistics, in: Dietmar Harhoff and Karim R. Lakhani (eds), Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 89-105

Ramani, Shyama V. , Shuan SadreGhazi & Gupta Suraksha, 2016, Catalysing innovation for social impact: The role of social enterprises in the Indian sanitation sector, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.10.015, More information

Ramani, Shyama V. , Dutta Arijita & Hajra Gitanjali, 2016, On incidence of diarrhoea among children in India: Can the Gordian knot of complementarities be cut?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue No. 22, 28 May, 121-129

Rivera Leon, Lorena, Jacques Mairesse & Robin Cowan, 2016, An econometric investigation of the productivity gender gap in Mexican research, and a simulation study of the effects on scientific performance of policy scenarios to promote gender equality, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-072

Tacsir, Ezequiel & Mariano Pereira, Dec 2016, Generación de empleo e innovación en Argentina. Un abordaje microeconométrico para el período 2010-2012, Este trabajo analiza la relación entre la innovación y el empleo a nivel de firma. En particular, contribuye a generar evidencia sobre los efectos de la introducción de innovaciones (de producto o proceso) en el empleo y en su composición en términos de calificaciones. A estos fines, se utiliza el modelo originalmente propuesto por Harrison, Jaumandreu, Mairesse y Peters (2014) con un enfoque de variables instrumentales sobre datos para la industria manufacturera argentina en el período 2010-12.La evidencia sobre el vínculo entre innovación y empleo en economías desarrolladas muestra que los efectos dependen fundamentalmente del tipo de innovación (Harrison et al.,2014). En muchos casos, la introducción de nuevos procesos tiende a reducir el empleo. En cambio, la inclusión de nuevos productos puede generar reemplazos o aumentos en el empleo, que dependen del efecto neto entre los mecanismos de desplazamiento y compensación. La evidencia disponible para Argentina es muy escasa (De Elejalde, Giuliodori y Stucchi,2011)y se basa en el período 1998-2001. Específicamente en dicho estudio, a pesar de que se observa una destrucción neta del empleo a nivel agregado, se evidencia el efecto amortiguador de las innovaciones de producto pero no se constatan grandes cambios en la especialización de la mano de obra debido a la innovación. Estos efectos eran mayores en aquellas empresas que desarrollaban esfuerzos propios de investigación y desarrollo (I+D) y no solo adquirían conocimiento incorporado. Si bien esta evidencia permitió generar datos comparables con tros países de la región (Crespi y Tacsir, 2013; Crespi y Zuñiga, 2012) requiere ser evaluada a la luz de la nueva información disponible. Los resultados de este estudio muestran que si bien las innovaciones de proceso no tienen efecto en el crecimiento del empleo, las de producto tienen un efecto positivo en el empleo. Adicionalmente, las innovaciones de producto también generan un aumento en los niveles de eficiencia en la producción superior a la de los productos existentes. Por su parte, en lo que se refiere a composición del empleo en términos de calificación no se observa un sesgo específico., More information

Tirivayi, Nyasha & Wim Groot, 2016, The Impact of Food Assistance on Dietary Diversity and Food Consumption among People Living with HIV/AIDS, AIDS and Behavior, Available online, More information

Mahé, Clotilde , 2016, Skills and entrepreneurship: Are return migrants 'Jacks-of-all-trades'?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-071

van Houte, Marieke, Melissa Siegel & Tine Davids, 2016, Deconstructing the meanings of and motivations for return: an Afghan case study, Comparative Migration Studies, 4: 21. doi:10.1186/s40878-016-0042-y, More information

Wang, Lili, Huub Meijers & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Technological spillovers and industrial growth in Chinese regions, Industrial and Corporate Change, doi: 10.1093/icc/dtw022, More information

Vallizadeh, Ehsan, Joan Muysken & Thomas Ziesemer, 2016, Offshoring medium-skill tasks, low-skill unemployment and the skill-wage structure, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-070