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How migration affects youth - a view from the Philippines

It was a fine day when I left for Japan last year to attend a graduate student’s conference. As I was about to enter the airport gate, a heartbreaking scene made me stop --- a young girl, around seven years old, holding her mother so tightly and not letting her go.

Can the weight of newborns allow us to predict a country's future?

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As part of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in Paris, I was fortunate to attend a presentation by Professor Janet Currie, from Columbia University, on the effects of early life health on adult health, education and earnings. Professor Currie said the size and weight of newborns were indicators of a country’s development, just like average wages or the proportion of children enrolled in school.

Miriam Sabzevari blogs from the ABCDE

Croissants, coffee, and foreign dignitaries lined the spacious conference halls this morning as I walked in (or rather, bounced in with excitement.)  As the giant wall-mount proclaimed to me, this year’s World Bank-OECD Annual Bank Conference for Development Economics in Paris is vaguely themed, “Broadening Opportunities for Development.”