Forget the Homo Sapiens and the Homo Economicus. The guy who traces our destiny is the Homo Ludens, the man who plays. Johan Huizinga, a professor of history and linguistics, in his 1938 book,…

Eliana Cardoso |

Globalization has accelerated global growth and global poverty reduction. But it has also raised concerns. The current global crisis may change globalization itself, as both developed and…

Ejaz Ghani |

The Republic of Maldives is the smallest country in all of Asia. It consists of 1, 190 islands in 20 atolls spread picturesquely over 900 km in the Indian Ocean. Of these, 199 islands are…

Benjamin Crow |

The World Bank released its Data Visualizer tool last week, which compares 209 countries through the lens of 49 development indicators utilizing data ranging from 1960 to 2007. Using three…

Joe Qian |

In the face of families whose relatives have just died of arsenic poisoning advocating for institutional reform can seem a touch inane. On the flip side, an urgent response to provide clean water…

Mark Ellery, Santanu Lahiri |

The World Bank released its annual Doing Business report (pdf) last week which tracks regulatory reforms for conducting business and ranks countries based on their ease of doing business.…

Joe Qian |

The Bangladesh economy entered FY10 in a position of strength, notwithstanding some pretty tough global circumstances. Good recovery in agriculture, a sustained growth in exports and remittances,…

Zahid Hussain |

Co-authored with FARRIA NAEEM Remittances have emerged as a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction in Bangladesh, increasing at an average annual rate of 19 percent in the last 30…

Zahid Hussain |

Bangladesh’s export earnings are mostly determined by the export of readymade garments (RMG) to North American and European countries with 75% of total export earning coming from this sector.…

Abul Basher |

The global economic downturn and the consequent pessimistic outlook for exports in developing countries like Bangladesh have reinvigorated voices for protectionism. Even pro-trade minds have…

Abul Basher |