I finally found the time to pick up a copy of Economic Gangsters and find out exactly how coauthors Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel propose to defeat witchcraft. (See my earlier post on Fisman…

Ryan Hahn |

The direct financial effects of the global financial crisis have so far been limited due to Zambia’s reliance in domestic funding and limited exposure to external credit lines. However, the…

Julio Revilla |

One thing villages in Pacific Island countries can do is to organize the farmers to cultivate the land of participating farmers collectively,  increasing manpower and thus improving productivity.…

Evelyn Ng |

I gave one of the keynotes (based on joint work with Markus Goldstein) at the recent ICASA 2008 in Dakar, Senegal on the title of this post. The fight against AIDS involves allocating scarce…

Shanta Devarajan |

At a recent AERC research workshop in Nairobi, I made a comment about African governments’ not spending enough money on public goods, and spending too much on private goods such as fertilizers. …

Shanta Devarajan |

In the last decade, conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs are probably the key social policy innovation around the world and in the East Asia and Pacific region. The targeted programs offer…

Ariel Fiszbein |

There's been quite a lot of attention in the media recently about the role of Web 2.0 in disaster management.

Giulio Quaggiotto |

Thulasy B, an aid worker in Zambia, discovers the importance of trust. Working for Engineers Without Borders, she discusses the difficulties of building markets for small farm holders:

Ryan Hahn |

The Economist reports this week on new research on the relationship between Health and Wealth. The long and the short of it is that improvements in health don't necessarily lead to higher…

Ryan Hahn |

 “When I was a boy of fourteen,” Mark Twain once said, “my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he…

Shanta Devarajan |