Malnutrition is rampant in rural India and a leading cause of child mortality. In 2015, the Grameen Foundation’s  Rajasthan Nutrition Project attempted to improve nutrition in rural communities by…

Isis Gaddis, Talip Kilic, Valérie Lechene, Alexander Wolf |

Robert Allen’s recent AER paper on “Absolute Poverty: When Necessity Displaces Desire” is a fascinating read, on many levels. The paper uses linear programming (LP) to compute (four variants of)…

Francisco Ferreira |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

We chose to highlight this book for the World Development Report (WDR) 2017 Seminar Series as its focus on institutional functions rather than forms and on adaptation resonates strongly with the…

Yongmei Zhou |

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates cited “time poverty” as a top priority in their 2016 Annual Letter, referring to the unpaid work that disproportionately falls on women and shining a…

Naila Kabeer, Simeen Mahmud |

China has achieved unparalleled success in economic growth and poverty reduction since initiating market reform in 1978. But in recent decades, increasing inequality has become a central policy…

Yan Sun, Shahe Emran |

Although China has experienced extraordinary economic growth and poverty reduction over the last few decades, growing inequality has become a key concern. Did economic reforms expand equality of…

Yan Sun, Shahe Emran |

Location: Sarfuddinpur, Bihar December 2014   In June this year, I was in Sarfuddinpur, a village in Muzaffarpur district in north-central Bihar. This was my tenth round of qualitative data…

Shruti Majumdar |

Public knowledge about India's ambitious Employment Guarantee Scheme is low in one of India's poorest states, Bihar, where participation is also unusually low. Is the solution simply to…

LTD Editors |

In the last five years, higher food prices have provoked government interventions in agricultural markets across the globe, often in the name of protecting the poor. But do higher food prices…

LTD Editors |