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Friday round up: Women in Ukraine, new fund for women entrepreneurs, women and the law, WBG President and staff on women in development

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Anne Marie Slaughter of New America has a podcast on women's role in the Ukraine uprising.

Philanthropy News Digest reports on the launch of a new Gloldman Sachs-World Bank Group $600 million fund for women entrepreneurs.

How legal reforms improve women's welfare is a question being studied by World Bank economist Mary Hallward-Driemeier.

Friday Roundup: Redistribution and Growth, World Development Report 2015, Psychology and Economics, Democracy, and ABCDE 2014

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In a new IMF paper, Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg, and Charalambos G. Tsangarides look into historical data to explore the relationship between inequality, redistribution, and growth and find little evidence of a “big tradeoff” between redistribution and growth.

Robert Chambers of IDS comments on the forthcoming World Development Report (WDR) 2015: Mind and Culture. He raises some important points on participatory thinking.

Trouble ensues when UCLA psychologist Joe Henrich steps into economics territory. Article by Ethan Watter for the Pacific Standard.

Wealth gradients in early childhood cognitive development in five Latin American countries

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Following is an abstract from World Bank Policy research working paper no 6779 by Norbert Schady (Inter-American Development Bank), Jere Behrman (University of Pennsylvania), Maria Caridad Araujo (Inter-American Development Bank), Rodrigo Azuero (University of Pennsylvania), Raquel Bernal (Universidad de Los Andes), David Bravo (Universidad de Chile), Florencia Lopez-Boo (Inter-American Development Bank), Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics & World Bank), Daniela Marshall (University of Pennsylvania), Christina Paxson (Brown University), and Renos Vakis (World Bank).

Research from the United States shows that gaps in early cognitive and noncognitive abilities appear early in the life cycle. Little is known about this important question for developing countries. A recent World Bank owrking  paper, Wealth gradients in early childhood cognitive development in five Latin American countries,  provides new evidence of sharp differences in cognitive development by socioeconomic status in early childhood for five Latin American countries. To help with comparability, the paper uses the same measure of receptive language ability for all five countries. It finds important differences in development in early childhood across countries, and steep socioeconomic gradients within every country. For the three countries where panel data to follow children over time exists, there are few substantive changes in scores once children enter school. These results are robust to different ways of defining socioeconomic status, to different ways of standardizing outcomes, and to selective non-response on the measure of cognitive development.

Friday roundup: Participatory development, Fed up in India, Migrants, Young women in Africa, and ag breakthroughs

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L. van Kempen has written an in-depth review in the Journal of Economics of the Bank's Policy Research Report titled 'Localizing Development.' Kempen finds that 'evidence catches up with the narrative.'

The Economist conducts a poll of young Indians, and concludes that young Indians are fed up and desperate for change.

Friday round-up: Agriculture for the future, seafood, ideas trumping interests, plus the locust effect

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William Dar of ICRISAT describes how global farm innovators can help re-green the Sahel.

A new World Bank study, 'Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture', analyzes the rise in seafood demand and how to sustainably expand aquaculture.

Dani Rodrik has an article in the Journal of Economic Perspects on when ideas trump interests.

Friday Round Up: Lunar New Year, The ills of capitalism, Grim EM news, Lin on ditching the dollar, and a Call for a third industrial revolution

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To usher in the Lunar New Year read this Jakarta Post piece on the high-spirited Year of the Horse.

John Hilsenrath warns in Central Station on the WSJ Real Time Economix blog that there may be 'No Bottom in Sight for Emerging Markets' and he uses a chart from the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects to make his point.

India, Turkey and South Africa have all raised interest rates this week. This was in part to stop sharp devaluations fuelling inflation as investors switch into recovering developed countries such as the US. India‘s central bank governor has hit out at the US and other industrialised countries for running selfish economic policies.

Friday round up: Q&A with Kaushik Basu, Challenges to Growth, Income Equality and Aid

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India's Telegraph newspaper reports on a Q&A Kaushik Basu had recently with economist/filmmaker Suman Ghosh.

Nobel laureate Michael Spence writes on Project Syndicate about The Real Challenges to Growth.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim shares his views on LinkedIn on how income inequality ought to be discussed at Davos.

Friday round-up: Of tapering, output gaps, microfinance, cows and world warnings ahead of Davos

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Ylan Mui writes in the Washington Post about 'Why the World Shouldn't Fear the Taper,' which draws from Global Economic Prospects (GEP), launched earlier this week.

The Economist has a daily chart drawing from the GEP that illustrates output gaps in developing countries.

David Roodman has a new paper titled 'Armageddon or Adolescence? Making Sense of Microfinance's Recent Travails.'

Friday round up: Antipoverty policies, academia and the developing world, inequality redux and five questions for 2014

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Martin Ravallion's NBER working paper titled 'The Idea of Antipoverty Policy' is now accessible online and provides a long view on how the narrative around poverty evolved from the 1800s til now.

America's war on poverty turned 50 this week and Nick Kristof has a column titled 'Progress in the War on Poverty.'

A Free Exchange post draws from a paper by the WB's Quy-Toan Do, Jishnu Das and others in the JED. Their research analyzes the tendency of academic research to focus excessively on the US and to under-study the developing world.

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