New policy and practice fields need intellectual energy; otherwise they don’t go anywhere quickly. Those promoting the new fields need to be producing justificatory essays, applied research, good practice manuals, policy briefs, evaluations, articles in refereed journals...and blogs too! They should be bombarding policy makers with all kinds of output of good quality; and they should be organizing the field as a serious discipline.
In 2008, growth in China, the rest of East Asia and the Pacific, and other developing regions together will fall from 7.8 percent to a still-strong 6.5 percent while their high-income trading partners like the United States slow to between 1 and 2 percent and import less.
Nancy Lee, a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, calls for a regional investment agreement for Latin America in an online Q&A posted today. She argues that a regional investment agreement would work much like free trade agreements, with member countries setting common standards to reduce barriers to investment. How could you measure whether members are complying with these standards?
How difficult is it get a decent haircut in Tegucigalpa? Not nearly as difficult as it used to be, at least according to an article last month in the FT.
As I made my way down route 13 last week I wondered how many times I had been to Nam Theun 2 since my first visit in October 2006. I’m certainly not one of the people that go there the most, and yet I could recall at least 20 visits.
Like every Friday, from Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.
Economic growth and gender inequality