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IMF To Africa: Put Away The Credit Cards (Mail & Guardian)
May 14, 2018
Chart of the Week: A New African Debt Crisis?
March 02, 2018
Debt relief wiped away much of Africa's sovereign debt, but after a decade of growth, debt stocks are rising again. Here's a look at the numbers, and how we got here again.
A Change in World Bank Methodology (Not Reform) Explains India’s Rise in Doing Business Rankings
February 05, 2018
While Modi has celebrated India’s rapid rise in the Doing Business rankings, the World Bank’s Chief Economist recently resigned amid controversy over methodological changes. Without those changes, India’s “jump” in the rankings looks much more modest.
Chart of the Week #5: India is Getting Richer, But Still Hoping for a Boy
February 02, 2018
On top of 63 million missing women, a new report from the Indian government reveals an even more pervasive pattern of sexism in recent demographic data—hinting at persistent patriarchal preferences impervious to India's economic boom.
Chart of the Week #3: Why the World Bank Should Ditch the "Doing Business" Rankings—in One Embarrassing Chart
January 18, 2018
Last week the World Bank's Chief Economist, Paul Romer, told the Wall Street Journal the Bank had manipulated its own competitiveness rankings to undermine Chile's socialist government, and hinted Chile might not be alone—then he retracted the claim. Romer's conspiracy theories pro...
Chart of the Week #2: Why Don’t Poor Farmers Move to the City?
January 12, 2018
One of the mysteries of development economics is why more people in subsistence agriculture don't migrate to cities where incomes are much, much higher. New data suggests one answer: when they move, their incomes may not go up as much as we thought.
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Technology Cannot Solve All Of Africa’s Problems, But It Can Help With Many (The Economist)
November 09, 2017
Why Are Labor Costs so High in Africa? A Lively Twitter Debate
October 19, 2017
Last week we published a new paper, Can Africa Be A Manufacturing Destination?, that highlights the persistence of high labor costs in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This led to a lively debate on Twitter, initiated by Chris Blattman at the University of Chicago.
Schools Are Full of Hungry Kids Who Aren't Learning Anything. Why Don't We Feed Them?
October 16, 2017
"There are better ways to improve test scores," "food is expensive," "most kids would eat anyway," and other counterarguments contain some truth, but fail to overturn the basic economic logic of free, universal school feeding in poor countries.