Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Refugees and the Education of Host Populations
February 08, 2024
The Responsibility of My Country in an Unjust Global System
February 02, 2024
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.
SABOT LECTURE SERIES
Policies, Politics: Can Evidence Play a Role in the Fight against Poverty? - Sixth Annual Sabot Lecture
September 14, 2011
Esther Duflo delivers the sixth annual Richard H. Sabot Lecture, April 11, 2011.
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.