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Friday Round up: Financial Services for the Poor, India’s Budget, Worldwide Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and Behavior, Basu to deliver Amartya Sen lecture

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Microcredit has been both praised and criticized as a development tool.  In a Financial Services for the Poor conference hosted by CGAP, IPA, J-PAL, and the World Bank, researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders examine and discuss the lessons and implications of the latest research on microcredit.

Friday Round up: Basu on big trends in development economics, Pritchett skewers aid, Krozer on inequality, legal identity as development goal

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In a discussion hosted by Ideas for India, titled ‘Big and small ideas in development economics: Theory, evidence and practice,’ Kaushik Basu says some of the extreme thinking in the economics profession that was ideologically rooted without having enough grounds has become very weak.

Friday round up: Basu op ed, Grading the Gates' annual letter, the most powerful new tool in the history of social activism, study of solar lanterns, 6 new studies by JPAL and IPA on microcredit

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The State of Global Poverty’ is the title of a Project Syndicate commentary by Kaushik Basu. As opinion leaders and heads of state convene in Davos, Basu reflects on the world’s rapidly changing economic geography and what it will take to get extreme poverty virtually to zero by 2030.

The big economic view, Brazil, the utility of economists, slow trade, and consumption floors

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Following a disappointing 2014, developing countries should see an uptick in growth this year, according to the latest Global Economic Prospects report. But low oil prices and a stronger US economy will not be enough to counter renewed bouts of financial market volatility and worries about diverging monetary policies across major central banks. On top of that, measures are needed to recover fiscal space in developing countries.

Friday Roundup: Terrorism and Education in Pakistan, Leading Thinker Kaushik Basu, Cost of the Syrian War, Cuba and the Thaw

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The Taliban’s barbaric attack on an Army Public school in Peshawar resulted in a 141 dead, all but nine of whom were children.  In honor of Pakistan’s students and teachers, we revisit an Education Sector Review conducted by the World Bank in October, since it’s schooling and thought that will ultimately prevail over ignorance and brutality.

Friday Roundup: Behavior and Development in the 2015 WDR, slow trade, and the case for Basic Income Guarantees

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‘Conversable Economist,’ the blog of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, has a post by Timothy Taylor titled ‘Focusing Behavioral Economics on Development Professionals’ that reviews the WDR 2015.

David Brooks of the NYT opines about the new WB report in ‘In Praise of Small Miracles’ and from the tone of the comments his enthusiasm for ‘Mind, Society, and Behavior’ has ruffled the feathers of conservatives and liberals alike.

Friday Roundup: Ebola and Africa's Private Sector, Demographics and Growth, and Twinning the Goals

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Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School professor, writes in The Guardian about how the private sector can be harnessed to ensure that Africans take responsibility for their development. He argues that, to fight a 'public bad' like Ebola, the AU and the private sector can serve as much-need organizing forces.

Friday Roundup: Tapering, Agricultural Productivity, Climate Change, and Inheritance Reform

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Kaushik Basu, Barry Eichengreen, and Poonam Gupta have written a new column titled “From tapering to tightening: The impact of the Fed’s exit on India,” which describes the impact of the US Fed’s tapering on India.
 
A new paper by Gbemisola Oseni, Kevin McGee, and Andrew Dabalen examines the determinants of agricultural productivity and its link to poverty using nationally representative data from the Nigeria General Household Survey Panel, 2010/11.  

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