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Measuring Impact

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As I discussed in an earlier post on social enterprise, the efforts of non-profits and corporate social responsibility departments are often confounded by the difficulty of measuring results in the absence of a bottom line. A new methdology put out by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the IFC aims to remedy that.

Where does it pay to be an academic?

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In a survey of academic salaries in 15 countries around the world, Canada came out on top, with an average monthly salary of $4,856 per month (in PPP dollars), and China came last with a monthly salary of $1,182. This is according to data collected by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education and reported in the most recent edition of International Higher Education.

Workforce development, Indian style

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A new paper from the Kauffman Foundation talks up the successes of India's approach to workforce development. According to How the Disciple Became the Guru, Indian companies have done such a good job at training their workforce that the U.S. should consider adopting some of India's practices in this regard (thus the title of the article). Or, as the authors of the paper conclude:

Computers in the (Indian) classroom

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Some of my previous posts (see here and here) raised doubts about the value of spending gobs of money to introduce computers into classrooms in the developing world. A new study from the Poverty Action Lab at MIT provides some additional insight on exactly this question.

The myth of the entrepreneurial middle class

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A new paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives questions the myth of the entrepreneurial middle class (subscription required). Two of the leading advocates of randomized evaluation, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, take a look at oft-repeated claims that the middle class stimulates economic growth through the creation of dynamic businesses.

Russian FDI numbers debunked

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In a recent article in, Vladimir Milov takes a hard look (in Russian) at the amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) going into Russia (Hat tip: JRL). The official numbers coming from Rosstat indicate that about $28 billion entered Russia in 2007. This number is respectable when compared to many other markets, as outlined in this post on Russia vs. China.