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Next up for eBay: water rights?

Okay, maybe not quite yet. But in an article on TCS Daily, AEI's Roger Bate argues that trading water rights would be much more effective than the bureaucracies who now decide who gets water and at what price.

Blended value investing

A long report for the World Economic Forum: Capital Opportunities for Social and Environmental Impact. They discuss everything from microfinance bonds and securitization to private equity innovations and managing blended value portfolios. Lots of nice case studies as well.

P.S. This is the last post in the pipeline, so now I really am moving on.

Fridays Academy: Inflation, growth and the poor

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From Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes


Inflation and Economic Growth


While inflationary policies can provide a short-run stimulus to economic growth, the economic literature suggests that, over the medium and long term high rates of inflation are bad for economic growth.  Cross-country studies show that those countries with consistent positive growth records have on average much lower rates of inflation.


The global redistribution of income

The actual distribution of world income across countries is extremely unequal, much higher than the within country inequality faced by most countries. The question studied in this paper is: How do international policies on aid, trade, and factor movements affect the international distribution of income?… In brief, there is a contradiction in international policies where aid's equality-enhancing effect is somewhat offset by protectionism.

2006 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

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Submissions are accepted for the forthcoming Annual Awards and Medals Competition oganized by the Global Development Network (GDN), which carries prizes in cash and travel of over US   $200,000.  Submissions can be for a new research proposal or for a completed research paper. The last day for submissions is September 17, 2006 .

$100 laptops: Nigeria's in, India's out

The Nigerian government says "yes" to $100 laptops. (Although probably more accurate to say that "the check is in the mail".)

Nigeria has officially ordered and paid for one million of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) devices, according to the Nigerian Vanguard newspaper.

Our effectiveness at improving investment climates

The World Bank’s internal Independent Evaluation Group has released ‘Improving Investment Climates: An Evaluation of World Bank Group Assistance.’ A review of the efforts and projects many of this blog’s authors work on.