LTD Editors's blog
In Project Syndicate, Jeffrey Sachs writes that 'the data revolution can drive a sustainable development revolution, and accelerate progress toward ending poverty, promoting social inclusion, and protecting the environment.'
- Sixty-two percent of the world’s adult population has an account, up from 51 percent in 2011
- In developing economies, account ownership rose disproportionately among adults living in the poorest 40 percent of households.
- Worldwide, account penetration among women rose from 47 percent in 2011 to 58 percent in 2014
Read the full blog post here.
Registration for the 2015 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics has opened. The conference takes place Jun 15-16 in Mexico City.
The International Economic Association (IEA) is holding its first Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honor of Joseph E. Stiglitz, its past association President. The topic must cover one of two broad themes:
- The causes and policy consequences of growing inequality
- A rethinking of macro-economics and proposals for new approaches that speak to the weaknesses in modelling revealed by the 2008 global crisis
The short-listed essays will go to the following judges: Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University and IEA past President), Timothy Besley (London School of Economics and IEA President) and Kaushik Basu (World Bank Senior Vice President and IEA President Elect).
The winner of the prize will win US$1,000, and the runner(s)-up will receive US$500. The winning essay and runner(s) up will also be published on the IEA website.
The deadline for submissions is Sept 1, 2015. More information on the competition can be found here.