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Friday Round up – Inequality, a Web Index, India’s Urbanization & Ranking Development Journals

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This week Paul Krugman reacts to Joe Stiglitz’s Income Inequality Argument: ‘Inequality and Recovery.’  

A new Web Index just went live. Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index — http://thewebindex.org/ —  is a multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure. There’s a 2012 index and other details on the Web Index site.

The Economist posted a videographic a little while ago about 'India's Urban Future.' More recently, a working paper by Massimiliano Cali and Carlo Menon finds that urbanization has a substantial and systematic poverty-reducing effect in the surrounding rural areas.  Urbanization, they find, increases demand for local agricultural products and, to a lesser extent, increases urban-rural remittances as well as rural nonfarm employment.  

The International Development Research Network (IDRN) publishes a guide to top development journals

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