Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Does Mass Deworming Affect Child Nutrition?
November 29, 2016
The WHO has recently debated whether to reaffirm its long-standing recommendation to deliver deworming drugs en masse to children in places with high worm prevalence. While deworming drugs are safe and cheap, a recent Cochrane review concluded there is “substantial evidence” that mass de...
Editing ODA: What to Omit and Add in the Definition of Aid
July 22, 2014
My earlier posts on the definition of Official Development Assistance (here, here) dwell on the questions of when and how to count loans as aid.
More on the Definition of ODA: Proper Credit for Credits
June 19, 2014
CGD’s recent publication of my paper on improving the statistical definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) brought me into contact with several people involved with the ongoing review of this issue. (For the history of that process see my previous post.) Those conversations have sti...
Data Set for "Peer Review of Social Science Research in Global Health: A View Through Correspondence Letters to The Lancet - Working Paper 371"
June 17, 2014
This is the data set for Working Paper 371 which analyzes correspondence letters to The Lancet and summarizes and categorizes common areas of dispute raised in these letters.
Peer Review of Social Science Research in Global Health: A View Through Correspondence Letters to The Lancet - Working Paper 371
June 16, 2014
In recent years, the interdisciplinary nature of global health has blurred the lines between medicine and social science. As medical journals publish non-experimental research articles on social policies or macro-level interventions, controversies have arisen when social scientists have criticized t...
The Crisis in Official Development Assistance (ODA) Statistics: Needed Revamp Would Lift Japan, Lower France
June 09, 2014
Not to be melodramatic, but the official system for counting foreign aid is in crisis. The longstanding mathematical rule determining whether a loan’s interest rate is low enough to qualify it as aid has gone out of sync with the times. The rule’s benchmark interest rate of 10% per year ...
Data Set for "Straightening the Measuring Stick: A 14-Point Plan for Reforming the Definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA)"
June 05, 2014
This is the data set for Policy Paper 44 which analyzes 14 proposals to change or preserve aspects of the official aid measurement system.
Straightening the Measuring Stick: A 14-Point Plan for Reforming the Definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA)
June 04, 2014
The definition of foreign aid—Official Development Assistance, or ODA—is in crisis. The statistical aggregate assumed its current form between 1968 and 1972, and has failed to adjust to the times.
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Top Free-Market Think Tanks Combat the Hegemony of the Bureaucrats (Forbes)
January 31, 2014
Julia Clark and David Roodman's "Measuring Think Tank Performance" is referenced in an article about think tank rankings and reports.