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September 2008

Trading without Doha

Ryan Hahn's picture

Still upset about the failure of the latest round of Doha talks? Don't worry - there are still many ways to improve the outlook for international trade. You can take Simeon Djankov's advice over on the Doing Business blog and reduce the delays related to trade. Or, according to a new World Bank working paper, you could make trade more transparent.

When you do win, then the hard work starts

Scott Poynton's picture

I’ve been reflecting on further lessons learned from our project that I could share with everyone. I’ve come up a number and they’re all interlinked. The first is that inevitably when you’re implementing innovative projects in complex contexts, you’re going to need to work with partners.

How to fight a banking crisis

Ryan Hahn's picture

The world has undergone enough banking crises that some useful lessons might be gleaned from past experience. A working paper from the IMF attempts to do just that with a database of all systemic banking crises between 1970 and 2007 - a total of 42. Systemic Banking Crises: A New Database offers up a few guidelines on what to do when faced with a crisis:

If It Tastes Bad, Spit It Out: Social Norms in the Fight against Corruption

Antonio Lambino's picture

In both the developed and developing world, I've come across people in varying positions of power either hinting or stating in no uncertain terms that I would not receive a government service without "greasing the wheel."  Despite wide disparities between low- and high- income country contexts, these experiences left the same bad taste in my mouth.  But corrupt practices, including bribery, aren't equal and, in a larger sense, understanding the differences among them puts us in better stead in the global fight against corruption.  In a previous post, CommGAP requested feedback on an anti-corruption learning event jointly organized with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.  One of the themes of the event will be the role of communication in shifting social norms toward condemning corrupt everyday practices.


Faut-il dévaluer?

Shanta Devarajan's picture

Etant donné l’appréciation de l’Euro vis-à-vis du dollar, la question de la parité du Franc CFA (qui est fixé à l’Euro) doit être encore soulevée.  L’appréciation est comparable à celle des années 1985-1993 [voir graphique].  Pendant cette période, les économies des pays de la zone CFA ont connu une forte diminution de leur compétitivité, des exp

The European Pact on Immigration and Asylum: Will there be more competition for skilled workers?

Sonia Plaza's picture

Last Thursday, the European Union’s interior ministers agreed on the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum.

Until recently, immigration policies in the majority of EU countries have tended to be “skill blind”, and large inflows of immigrants have been admitted for humanitarian reasons. Now, the trend of re-directing migration policy towards economic (largely skilled) immigration, initiated by Australia, New Zealand and Canada, is being followed by the UK and other EU countries.