© Lina Zdruli Amir Awaad was dreaming of gold. The 18-time national wrestling champion trained all his life to represent his native Syria at the Olympics. His dream turned into fantasy when Amir…

Lina Zdruli |

This is the first in this year’s series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Reminder that submissions close this Wednesday at noon.   Good political institutions are thought to be…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

I recently read an interesting paper by David Atkin, Amit Khandewal and Adam Osman that looks at not only an intervention to get firms to export, but also the mechanism by which exporting helps…

Markus Goldstein |

This is the twelfth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In the closing scene of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Police Commissioner Gordon tells his son that Batman is “the hero Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now” (video). This…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

About this series More blog posts Forced displacement is a global crisis that requires urgent humanitarian action. But as displacement tends to last many years – with long-term impacts on the…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jo de Berry |

Photo credit: "Children on the Run" report by UNHCR Also available in:Français | Español | العربية  [[tweetable]]It’s not just war that sends people into exile.[[/tweetable]] A young…

Alys Willman, Cordelia Chesnutt |

After seeing PowerPoint slides of the preliminary findings over the course of more than a year, it’s nice to be able to report that the six-country study that is evaluating the “ultra-poor…

Berk Özler |

The Arab Spring brought about a wave of joy in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa as repressive regimes that had ruled for years were overthrown. But the aftermath brought about…

David McKenzie |

About 15 years ago, when I was doing my dissertation research with a professor with experience in fieldwork, we did a 15 round survey with households in Ghana.   Given the frequency of the visits…

Markus Goldstein |