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Friday Roundup: Tunisia cronyism, Africa land grabs, Banerjee to lecture, Piketty and Easterly books reviewed, Basu in top thinker contest and more

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The Washington Post's Monkey Cage has a post on crony capitalism in Tunisia that draws from the findings of a widely reported WB working paper by Bob Rijkers, Caroline Freund and Antonio Nucifora  titled 'All in the Family: State Capture in Tunisia.'

Kayode Ogunbunmi, correspondent from City Voice newspaper in Nigeria, covered the World Bank's Annual Land and Poverty Conference in Washington this week his story for Reuters TrustLaw website looks at how foreign investors are often blamed for Africa land grabs conducted by local ruling elites.

What is the most accurate and viable way of identifying the poor for the purposes of poverty-alleviation? One option is for government programs to choose which poor people they intend to help; alternatively, it may be more efficient for the poor themselves to make the choice. Join a live webcast on April 2 as Prof. Abhijit Banerjee discusses his latest work.

Thomas Piketty's French blockbuster on inequality is causing a stir among economic theorists. The book is “Capital in the Twenty-first Century,” and it was released early due to popular demand. Read John Cassidy's razor-sharp review of the book in The New Yorker.

David McKenzie takes off  the gloves and reviews Bill Easterly's The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the forgotten rights of the poor.

Kaushik Basu has been named in a list of 50 of the world's most prominent thinkers by UK magazine The Prospect. The list of names includes prominent scholars like Amartya Sen, Jurgen Habermas, Slavoj Zizek and Derek Parfit, selected by The Prospect magazine in the UK.

In a new paper published in the World Bank Economic Review, Kiran Gajwani and Xiaobo Zhang investigate political reservations for women and whether the gender of village government leaders influences the provision of village public goods.

The World Bank's Regular Russia Economic Report, released March 26, warns that Crisis in the Crimea has compounded Russia's lingering confidence problem and led to a confidence crisis.

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