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Friday round up: The shifting trade landscape, world water report, states of fragility, new PPP database, and heads up on Global Findex

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New book entitled Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System examines the possible consequences of the shifting trade landscape.

2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), came out March 20. Entitled Water for a Sustainable World, the report demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability.

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.

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