Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Overselling Broadband: A Critique of the Recommendation of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
December 08, 2011
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development is an ITU (UN International Telecommunications Union) and UNESCO–backed body set up to advocate for greater broadband access worldwide. The commission’s Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All and other reports call for governments to support ubiq...
Where Is the Virtue in the Middle Class?
November 11, 2011
It is widely agreed that the middle class is vital to progress because of its many virtues, but defining middle class in any meaningful way is difficult. And survey evidence suggests the middle class is not culturally unique, particularly socially progressive, or entrepreneurial.
In Praise of Debt: Why Greece’s Mistakes Shouldn’t Hurt Emerging Borrowers
September 13, 2011
Debt can bring about disaster, as in Greece or with your deadbeat son; but it can also be a the engine of growth and prosperity.
Incentive Proliferation? Making Sense of a New Wave of Development Programs
August 31, 2011
A new wave of development programs that explicitly use incentives to achieve their aims is under way.They are part of a trend, accelerating in recent years, to disburse development assistance against specific and measurable outputs or outcomes. With a proliferation of new ideas under names such as “...
Can Aid Work? Written Testimony Submitted to the House of Lords
July 11, 2011
The main body of this short essay comprises written testimony that Owen Barder submitted to Britain’s House of Lords in response to a question about the effectiveness of foreign aid. In a brief introduction Barder draws upon his recent experience living in Ethiopia for three years to shed light on h...
Technology and USAID: Three Cheers and a Thousand Cautions
June 15, 2011
Charles Kenny investigates the complex role development agencies have in promoting technology overseas.
Bentham from the Crypt Once More: Politicians in Pursuit of Happiness
June 14, 2011
Subjective-well-being (SWB) polls help to illustrate some of the absurdities of taking income per capita as our measure of the ultimate good. Polls do not capture a be-all and end-all measure of the good. Considerable caution is required in the use of such polls for policymaking.