With global data flows increasing a thousand times over the last 20 years, data have become ubiquitous. Yet much of the value of data remains untapped. Data are critical to solving development…

Sheila Jagannathan, Malarvizhi Veerappan |

In 2010, Ghana made international headlines when its nominal GDP grew 63% overnight as a result of adopting revised standards for its system of national accounts. When Nigeria rebased its GDP in…

Lucas Kitzmueller, Brian Stacy, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Umar Serajuddin |

What goals are good goals? Psychology tells us that good goals are challenging, yet attainable. Easy goals don’t sufficiently challenge us to improve our performance, while unattainable goals tend…

Lucas Kitzmueller, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Philip Randolph Wollburg, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Malarvizhi Veerappan |

Global data traffic has increased one thousand times over the last 20 years. Data travel thousands of kilometers along this seamless global data infrastructure supply chain at breathtaking speeds…

Vivien Foster, Niccolò Comini, Sharada Srinivasan |

Data can create economic and social value, which can be multiplied through repurposing and reuse. But are these social and economic benefits derived from data equitably shared, particularly in…

Malarvizhi Veerappan, Talip Kilic |

Some years ago, researchers documented that marathon finishing times follow a special pattern. Many runners finish just ahead of 3:30 hours, 4:00 hours, and other 30-minute thresholds while few…

Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Talip Kilic, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Philip Randolph Wollburg |

Imagine living in a country where prices doubled every 16 hours. How could an economy function in such a world where people lost faith in the value of their currency? During a period of…

Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Talip Kilic, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Philip Randolph Wollburg |

Data is a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty—one that can potentially transform the lives of poor people. But it’s also a double-edged sword. New rules of the road are called for—a…

Bob Cull, Vivien Foster, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Malarvizhi Veerappan |

Countries often face competing policy priorities for their limited resources. Achieving many of their goals is a tall order, especially when basic information on where the real problem lies is…

Arianna Legovini, Guadalupe Bedoya, Sveta Milusheva, Robert Marty, Amy Dolinger |