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Can Macroeconomic Policies Narrow Gender Disparities?
January 17, 2024
Two facts on gender gaps stand out. First, given current trends and policies, gender equality is not likely to be achieved. Second, gender equality is macrocritical. In other words, narrowing gender disparities leads to better macroeconomic outcomes—higher economic growth, greater financial stabilit...
Cutting Through the Noise: Using AI for Development and Humanitarian Programs
January 16, 2024
How can practitioners in development and humanitarian work filter out the noise and prioritize use cases for AI--and make good bets that maximize impact for those we serve?
Economics & Marginalia: January 12, 2024
January 12, 2024
Happy new year! I crossed midnight and rang in 2024 being forced to watch The Holiday (my one line review: Cameron Diaz cannot convincingly play a human being, and poor Kate Winslet) and reading Paul Auster’s new book, Baumgartner when the film became too much to watch (one line review: Paul Auster ...
The Inequitable Impacts of Data Localization
January 11, 2024
More than 60 countries have data localization measures in place that restrict or prohibit the flow of certain types of data across their borders to other jurisdictions. A new CGD working paper by David Medine makes clear that these restrictions may have their greatest impact on smaller economies inc...
From Decision to Action: The Africa Epidemics Fund
January 10, 2024
This blog outlines key considerations regarding how the AEF raises and spends funds, underscoring the significance of a robust design and effective implementation at a time when the AEF’s proposed governance and operational mechanisms are being deliberated on and presented to the AU policy organs fo...
Routine Vaccination Data Is Becoming Systematically Biased Toward Optimism
January 09, 2024
Child vaccination is one of the most powerful and cost-effective tools to save lives. But just how good is the data that we’re using to track progress on this life-saving intervention? In this piece, we examine trends in the quality of government-produced vaccination data. Our main message is that r...
Challenges to Achieving a Grand Convergence in Health Indicators by 2035
December 18, 2023
The Lancet Investing in Health Commission, led by Larry Summers and Dean Jamison in 2013, envisioned a grand convergence in key health indicators by 2035 between low-income and low-middle-income countries and the best-performing middle-income countries. Given significant global changes since the rep...