This is the twentieth in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. When we study how institutions affect development, we often focus on the characteristics of national…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the eighteenth in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. In 2012, 700 million people in India suddenly found themselves without power for over 10 hours. At the…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the seventeenth in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Aquinos, Bhuttos, Trudeaus, Yudhoyonos, Gandhis, Lees, Fujimoris: political dynasties remain…

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During my last trip to Mexico, I bought tamales from a street vendor and paid by card—something that would have been impossible not long ago. The vendor, who had a Bluetooth card reader connected…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the fifth in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. How should democratic governments interact with their authoritarian counterparts? The options include…

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Across developing countries, only 63 percent of adults have a bank account, according to our friends over at the Findex.  And we’ve seen a couple of papers with targeted populations that suggest…

Markus Goldstein |

In Gaile Parkin's novel Baking Cakes in Kigali, two women living in Kigali, Rwanda – Angel and Sophie – argue over the salary paid to a development worker: "Perhaps these big…

David Evans |

Update (January 22, 2019): The paper discussed in this post has subsequently been published in the journal World Development.  Cash transfers seem to be everywhere. A recent statistic suggests…

David Evans, Katrina Kosec |

Money matters in education. Recent evidence from the United States shows that increased education spending results in more completed years of schooling and higher subsequent wages for adults.…

David Evans |

This is the seventh in this year’s job market series. Developing countries regularly underperform in their capacity to collect taxes, with tax revenue to GDP ratios that are 20 to 30 percent less…

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