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More cell phones, better grain prices

We already know that cell phone technology has enabled lots of people in remote areas to access bank accounts and government services. But here is a new one: a recent paper creates a model that predicts that cell phones in Niger will lead to a reduction in price dispersion.

A year older, and more popular

As my tenure at the PSD Blog ends today, I'm reminded of a great year during which this blog celebrated its second birthday and became one of the World Bank's most popular sites.

Going foreword, PSD Blog is always looking for fresh talent. If you're a World Bank staffer and favor market solutions to development, talk to Alan about a possibility of guest blogging.

If you are one of our readers, thank you. You're in good hands.

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: