It's time again to update our list of development blogs. I'm happy to report that it's getting hard to keep up with all of the activity out there. Heavy on the acronyms, we have:
East Asia and Pacific
Are women as globalized as men? Daniel Altman provoked some gender-balanced debate by noting that 95% of the comments on his Managing Globalization blog are from men. The same is true on the PSD blog. Commenters write that women sometimes post as men in hopes of being taken more seriously. They also quibble about his implied definition of globalization. Those points aside, Dan raises an interesting question. A few of my unscientific reflections on "women's globalization" after the jump...
According to travel guides, Chindia is a place in Romania where Vlad the Impaler, a bloodthirsty 15th-century monarch who inspired the fictional Count Dracula, watched his victims put to death.
While we frequently make mostly invisible tweaks to the blog, here are two new changes I'd like to share:
Casting a wide net, McKinsey estimates that the economic impact of wireless is up to 8% of a country's GDP. To unlock this value, they encourage wireless providers and/or regulators to lower the minimum (but not average) cost of owning a cell phone and push coverage into rural areas. This is from a recent whitepaper, Wireless Unbound, which they were kind enough to send me. Check here to find your way behind the firewall and read the whole thing.
News items of varying interest for your perusal...
Through this seed funding we are hoping to break a chicken-and-egg situation where investors will not invest in emerging markets for lack of information, and research providers will not enter the market for lack of demand. The object of the competition is to lead the market and to provide tools to a mainstream investment audience.
Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard thinks it's time to invest in Mexico. He cites its solid economic performance (3.5% growth this year), favorable demographics (lots of brand-new workers), consumer credit growth of 400% since 2000 (signaling a healthy middle class, and room to grow in the stock market (currently trading at just 37% of GDP).