About UN University
For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe. For more information please visit www.unu.edu.
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. The Institute began operations in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency — providing a range of services from policy advice to governments, as well as original research that is open access. More information on UNU-WIDER’s current work programme is available on the Institute’s website.
UNU-WIDER hosts the World Income Inequality Database (WIID) and the Government Revenue Dataset (GRD). The WIID collects and stores inequality data from all over the world. UNU-WIDER is currently undergoing several efforts to improve and expand the dataset to make it more relevant and user-friendly for researchers, institutions and others interested in monitoring or analysing inequality across countries and over time. The GRD — originally developed by the International Centre for Tax and Development — presents a complete picture of government revenue and tax trends over time and allows for analysis at the country, regional or cross-country level.
Both datasets are regularly updated and released in Excel and Stata formats, as well as via a data query user interface and visualization.
UNU-WIDER plans to stimulate research based on these two important databases.
UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to administrate the databases (WIID and GRD) hosted at UNU-WIDER to help with further developments of these databases, and to support and/or conduct research on inequality globally or across countries.