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Attention friends of women entrepreneurs

If you know any businesswomen, the Doing Business team would like to hear about them.

They are particularly interested in any legal, regulatory and practical barriers that made it difficult for women to do business. The Doing Business project is credited with inspiring 115 reforms to date, and there's a good chance that the spotlight from the upcoming publication will "inspire" lawmakers to take a second look at some of the laws.

Fridays Academy: Gender and Macroeconomics

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We continue with our new course on Gender and Macroeconomic Policy, as usual based on Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.

Gender and Macroeconomics

Despite the improvements made in recognizing gender as an analytical category at the microeconomic level, the macroeconomic implications of gender remained underdeveloped until recently. Ça?atay (Engendering Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, 1998) identifies three reasons for the emergence of interest in macroeconomics and gender:

MDGs: a new picture

With the countdown half-way through, the data on the Millennium Development Goals are finally available via interactive maps. The timeline feature (step 3 on the map) tracks progress on any of the eight goals, throughout 189 countries.

I left my belly on Mount Seulawah

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Mt_seualwah_2 Until recently, the mountains of Aceh were known for rebel activity and were basically off-limits. Even without gunfire, I didn’t have much interest in having anything to do with mountains other than look at them.

Why Africa won't be the new Norway

Oil_refinery Norway, the world's third largest oil exporter, passively invests a large portion of proceeds into a national pension fund.  "The future-generations fund," which is now worth $300 billion, invests into foreign assets only as a way to remove the temptation for politicians to spend money on pork-barr