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Quote of the Day: Crisis Talk Edition

In honor of the World Bank's limited edition blog of 2008-2009, Crisis Talk, here is a poem from Martin Dickson, deputy editor of the Financial Times, on the worst excesses of the financial crisis:

"To moral hazard give no thought!
We see no need to get distraught.
Please rest assured God’s work we’re doing
(It’s merely taxpayers we’re screwing.)
The Lord to us has sent a sign:
Monopoly profits are just fine."

10 PSD classics of the “Naughties”

As we say goodbye to the “Naughties” I thought it may be interesting to step back and reflect on some of the significant books of the last decade that really did change the way we thought about PSD and its contribution to development. Given the “decade” theme, I’ve limited the selection to ten, although the books don’t map to each year of the decade.

Easterly Bait

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University World News reports that the world record for the longest lecture has been broken. Errol Tapiwa Muzawazi, a 25-year-old law student, clocked in at 121 hours. (According to the rules, lecturers are allowed to snooze briefly every hour.) Muzawazi narrowly beat an Indian professor who lectured for 120 hours in 2008. His goal? To raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals.

Friday musings: How to Spend It edition

Like many of my World Bank colleagues, I begin each day by quickly flipping through the pages of the Financial Times. Many of the ideas I come up with for the blog can be traced back to events and ideas I come across in the FT. However, there is one section that consistently fails to inspire my work, until now...

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