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​Friday Round up: USAID on ending poverty, Helping after Haiyan, Reforms in China, debate on liquidity traps

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'Ending Extreme Poverty' was the focus of an impassioned, thoughtful speech by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on November 21 at the Brookings Institution. Related to that, Laurence Chandy draws heavily on World Bank estimates to make his own interactive analysis of what it will take to end poverty by 2030. 

In the WSJ's Southasia Realtime blog, Josephine Cuneta describes how Filipinos are banding together to bring aid to typhoon survivors. Also, on November 22, the WBG committed to help the Philippines via a package totalling nearly $1 billion in recovery and reconstruction support. Part of the help will be through financial support for an existing National Community Driven Development Project.

In China, Yao Yan, Dean of the National School of Development and Director of the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University writes in Project Syndicate on 'China's Singapore Swing', citing the need for deep governance reforms in addition to key economic fixes in the wake of the Third Plenum --

'Monetary Policy Will Never be the Same' is the title of a post by Olivier Blanchard of the IMF, where he he weighs in on the current liquidity trap in the US and on Larry Summers' countervailing view that in fact we may need negative real rates for a long time.

All over the world, people engage in behaviors that are risky for their health. In the book 'Risking your Health: Causes, Consequence and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors' editor Damien de Walque and various authors regroup five risky behaviors – drugs, smoking, alcohol, unhealthy food and risky sex- and investigate them under a common lens, describing global trends in prevalence and discussing determinants and consequences.

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