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The Case for Globalization and Robust Global Value Chains
February 08, 2024
A New Vintage of Populism in Latin America
February 23, 2024
The Socioeconomic Impact of Climate Change in Developing Countries in the Next Decades
February 20, 2024
This paper provides a discussion of future trends as established in the literature on the interaction between socioeconomic indicators and projected future climate change scenarios. It enhances our understanding of future predicted patterns of climate change effects in the coming decades and the nee...
Pay-for-Performance Contracts in the Lab and the Real World: Evidence from Nigeria
January 29, 2024
A two-stage experiment disentangles the effect of various aspects of pay-for-performance contracts. The first is a lab-in-the-field experiment where 1,359 health workers are primed with a checklist of salient clinical tasks, then randomized within 690 clinics to receive no incentives, rewards, or pe...
Data Localization: A “Tax” on the Poor
January 11, 2024
Localization is usually the wrong answer to legitimate data policy issues. As a result, data transfer restrictions wind up imposing unnecessary costs on providers, such as banks, which effectively serves as a tax which is either passed along to the poor or, even worse, makes it uneconomical for firm...
Merit, Inequality, and Opportunity: The Impact of Malawi's Selective Secondary Schools
December 14, 2023
This paper examines the effectiveness of Malawi's selective secondary schools in influencing student learning outcomes. Using data from Malawi’s National Examination Board, we employ value-added and regression discontinuity methods to gauge the impact of school types on high-stakes exam results. Fin...
Persistence and Emergence of Literacy Skills: Long-Term Impacts of an Effective Early Grade Reading Intervention in South Africa
December 07, 2023
Developing countries strongly emphasize enhancing foundational reading skills, with the expectation that such improvements will catalyze the development of new cognitive abilities and lead to improved life outcomes. However, the relationship between early educational gains and later-life achievement...
How the Media Cover School Violence: Evidence from Five African Countries
November 14, 2023
School violence—physical, sexual, and psychological—is prevalent in many schools around the world. Because media coverage of current events can play an important role in shaping tolerance for school violence and policy responses, we examine 208 recent news items about school-related violence in the ...
The Future of Natural Resources and Development: Whither Low and Middle-Income Countries?
November 07, 2023
A global economy moving towards low-carbon production is going to dramatically shift demand for subsoil resources, from fossil fuels toward metals and minerals. Which countries may be winners and losers from the process?