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Few takers for bank accounts at $700 apiece

It takes over $700 to open a checking account in Cameroon - more than the country's per capita GDP. In 10 percent of countries surveyed in a World Bank report, a person must have an equivalent of at least 50 percent of per capita GDP to open an account.

Youth and prosperity in the Middle East

At the time when European societies are rapidly aging, 30 percent of the population in the Middle East is between ages 15 and 29 – the largest proportion of youth in the region's history.

On January 7, 2008 at the Brookings Institution, experts will discuss whether this 100 million of young men and women are a demographic gift or a potential for social and economic problems.

Meditation for development?

If meditation is scientifically proven to increase the IQ, should governments interested in promoting socio-economic well-being invest in meditation rather than biotechnology?

This is apparently the type of questions that arise when you start applying futures thinking to development.

Going green for the holidays

Michael Jarvis's picture

Feeling guilty at the excesses of yet another office party or Secret Santa exchange? Envirowise in the UK has come up with a company guide to a green Christmas. Most suggestions are pretty undemanding, but hopefully the impact adds up given the sharp spike in waste generated by the typical holiday season.

Fridays Academy: Gender and Macroeconomic Policy

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

As usual on Fridays, based on Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.


Gender and Macroeconomics

 Disaggregating indicators of well-being by gender informs on the level of gender equality or inequality at a given time for a given place. When we examine gender issues we are interested in the meaning of these gender equalities or inequalities and their implications for development, both at the personal level and at the level of the economy.