There is little question that the advent of technologies like the mobile phone have been a great boon to economic development around the world. But every new technology brings along with it the potential - or perhaps even the necessity - of disruption.
“Salary progression”—the difference in salary between junior and senior professors—in general appears modest compared to the situation in the professions outside academe. According to our research, for most of the 15 countries in the study, salaries seldom doubled between entry level and senior ranks.
At least in Uruguay, a vote costs about US$2,000. This is according to a new paper that looks at the political economy of conditional cash transfer programs. In 2004 Uruguay implemented a conditional cash transfer program called PANES not unlike Mexico's well-known Progresa program. According to Government Transfers and Political Support:
Apparently, the answer is Kenya. According to an article in allAfrica.com:
Members of Parliament each receive total monthly salary, allowances and benefits of Sh 1,435,846. This is an average figure. Some MPs may get more, some may get less. Considering it is mostly tax free, this equates to monthly remuneration in excess of Sh 2,000,000.
Writing on the World Bank People Move blog, Sonia Plaza reports that U.S. Census numbers show that non-natives residing in the U.S. are more likely to hold a masters degree than native-born U.S. citizens.* This leads her to ask the following questions in a post on "Brain drain" and the global mobility of high-skilled talent:
For months, I imagined that I would write a post in the dead of winter describing my sufferings in the bitter cold. It is bitter cold: right now (10:00 am) it's -29°c. But I'm not suffering, at least not anymore.
The economic crisis is a global problem. The effects on developing countries are being felt, and are likely to get worse. Up to 90 million people could remain in, or be pushed into extreme poverty as a result. This means governments around the world are focusing as a matter of urgency on how to attract investment and create the best conditions for growth.
One blogger thinks it's time to make it easier to do business in Bhutan:
Meanwhile, our vision of strengthening the private sector and making it the “engine” of growth remains just that – a distant vision. And, in spite of the impressive numbers, our economy is actually very weak, which manifests quite clearly in rising inequalities, youth unemployment and widespread poverty.