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Better an incompetent for-profit doctor than a competent government-funded one

The caped crusader, Adamsmithee, points us to an incredible and rather sad piece of research from our World Bank colleagues Jishnu Das and Jeffrey Hammer. Looking at doctors in Delhi, they conclude:

Applying Rousseau to the corporate world

Milton Freidman claimed that “the business of business is business.” In the latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Ian Davis disagrees. He also speaks out against what he calls the “fuzzy” arguments of corporate social responsibility. He writes from somewhere in between these two “tired ideological positions” :

What rich countries should really do...

Pablo has posted already about Nancy Birdsall, Dani Rodrik and Arvind Subramanian's piece from July/August Foreign Affairs. It does sprawl a bit but there are more useful ideas in there than in a bookshelf full of the worthy stuff we development types produce. For instance:

The power of a NYTimes op-ed?

On Tuesday we discussed Tom Standage’s New York Times op-ed challenging us to change our bottled water habits. (See the letters the Times received from readers.)

Wednesday’s USA Today describes Starbuck’s response:

Fighting corruption (and swearing): a series

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is to disband the country's traffic police because it has proved impossible to stamp out corruption. He has ordered a decree to be drawn up abolishing the department, which employs 23,000 people.

Read the full story at the BBC website. This is the 'big bang' approach to corruption. President Yuschenko is also trying to eliminate swearing:

“A better investment climate for everyone”

The March edition of Development Outreach focuses on the importance of improving the investment climate in order to achieve long-term sustainable growth. The volume is an excellent synthesis of current thinking, discussing everything from growth strategies to corruption and creative destruction.


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