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  • Reply to: Why we need a research department   3 days 8 hours ago

    Good blog post Penelopi. I think there is a strong argument research being produced by an organization that sits at the intersection of academia and policy: informing and being informed by both to improve both. I don't think anyone should expect academia to fulfill the 'policy advice' function fully - it's simply not the way that many universities and academics see their role.

    In addition, cross-cutting, international policy insight is a global public good, which is likely to be under-provided by private and 'national' institutions. So provision of actionable international policy insight by global organizations, especially those with direct channels of influence over national governments, is highly desirable.

    Lastly, I'd add that there are economic researchers in the WB beyond DEC that do great work too!

  • Reply to: Why we need a research department   1 week 5 days ago

    Much to agree with. Digital data, computational methods. and collaborative tools have modernized the social science toolkit. I spent some time in Bell Labs and the World Bank and I appreciate the role that the WB can play to direct (public-private) research, particularly on operational areas where the WB has exceptional domain knowledge, partnerships, and ground-truth training data to accelerate data innovation into better insights and actions.

  • Reply to: Why we need a research department   1 week 5 days ago

    Thanks Penelopi, good piece, but you diplomatically avoid another side to this Q: why is academia not currently providing enough of what practitioners need. Skewed incentives? Academic culture? Reluctance to enter into genuine partnerships with practitioners? With a foot in both camps (Oxfam and LSE) I am struck by the uselessness of many academic insights and 'advice' to practitioners.....
    Finally 'financial inclusion is a household word'? Some households wonkier than others, I guess

  • Reply to: Buffering rural producer associations against financial setbacks – Evidence from Brazil   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Interesting article! However, it can be made even more interesting by giving the reader some clues regarding which specific activities contributed to making participant organizations more successful than control organizations.

  • Reply to: Buffering rural producer associations against financial setbacks – Evidence from Brazil   3 weeks 3 days ago

    How come the poverty is linked to rural areas. I, as a Brazilian who lives in Brazil, find it very very strange. Then your number intrigued me. If only 15% of the population lives in rural area, and 45% of the rural area inhabitants are living in poverty conditions, then no more than 7% of the population is under this condition.
    If 7% is the majority of the population living in poor conditions, then necessarily no more than 14% of the population is living under poor conditions.
    This number clearly can't be right.
    Then you develop a whole rationale based on a untruthful cornerstone.