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Bridging the gap in Mozambique's coal town?

Bridging the gap in Mozambique's coal town? | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Mozambique's coal town of Tete is proving a boom for some but leaving others out of the growing prosperity, writes Anna Wallenlind Nuvunga.
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This article captures so many development issues and in particular some of the constraints on growth in countries attractive to inward FDI to extract natural mineral resources. Read it and link it to as many development economics issues as you can!

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For Poor Countries, China Is No Model

For Poor Countries, China Is No Model | Development Economics | Scoop.it
State-centered growth may seem like an answer to popular unrest, but the long-term costs are too high, writes Dambisa Moyo.
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Dambisa Moyo comes to this issue from a strongly pro-market, trade liberalising perspective. Read through her article - do you agree with the sentiments expressed? Or do you want to take issue with her examples?

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New opportunities for Africa as global apparel manufacturer

New opportunities for Africa as global apparel manufacturer | Development Economics | Scoop.it
garments produced in over 45 African countries do not have to pay import duties in the US.
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Insight into some of the global shifts in textile manufacturing taking place - is Africa well placed?

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Vietnam Levies Its First Anti-Dumping Duties

Vietnam Levies Its First Anti-Dumping Duties | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Tax-News.com delivers news headlines and features on international tax, law, politics, economics and trade.
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What is dumping? Is a counter-vailing tariff justified for a country such as Vietnam?

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Cities, innovation and complexity | The Enlightened Economist

Cities, innovation and complexity | The Enlightened Economist | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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Publishers condemn introduction of 50% tariff, import duty on books

Publishers condemn introduction  of 50% tariff, import duty on books | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Guardian News Website for Breaking News and In depth News Analysis of Issues From Nigeria and Africa
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Why would a country impose a 50% tariff on imported books? is this a tax on learning? What lies beneath the decision?

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In the Balance - BBC World Service

In the Balance - BBC World Service | Development Economics | Scoop.it
The weekly discussion show from the Business Daily team
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In the Balance is a weekly programme on the changing dynamics of the global economy broadcast by the BBC World Service. Have a check through their episode listings, there is much here for students looking for extension and enrichment listening and for teachers passionate about their subject, not least in the fields of growth and development economics.

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Guest post: whatever happened to globalisation?

Guest post: whatever happened to globalisation? | Development Economics | Scoop.it
By Eric Lascelles of RBC Global Asset Management Globalisation was an unstoppable force over the past quarter century, marked by trade flows that grew at almost twice the clip of the global economy and by surging international capital flows, unleashing a torrent of demand and productive capacity. Emerging markets basked in outsized economic growth and rising standards of living. The developed world benefited from low prices, greater selection and cheap borrowing costs.
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A superb article to use when teaching the economics of globalisation. Full of evaluative comment and good examples.

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Dom Tomkins's curator insight, September 6, 1:55 PM

I enjoyed this article discussing why global trade is currently slowing. Is this more than a cyclical trend? The author asserts so, arguing (amongst other things) that growing competitive parity between countries (for example rising wages/lower productivity in China in contrast to stagnant wages in the West) are reducing the comparative advantange of trade between countries. Definitely worth a read.

 

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Does Ghana’s oil boom spell the end for its fishing industry?

Does Ghana’s oil boom spell the end for its fishing industry? | Development Economics | Scoop.it

Fishermen say the foreign firms exploring for oil and gas are forcing them out of the waters they have trawled for centuries. 

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Excellent piece for developing evaluation skills for A2 development economists

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Global remittance industry choking billions out of developing world

Global remittance industry choking billions out of developing world | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Huge fees and restrictive practices by handful of firms cost poorer countries up to $16bn a year, says World Bank
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Western Union and MoneyGram dominate the money transfer industry and the high level of fees that these companies has been heavily criticised in recent years. This is an important article given the huge scale of remittance transfers in the world economy to relatively poor countries such as India, the Philippines and many sub Saharan African nations. 
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Aid to the rescue

Aid to the rescue | Development Economics | Scoop.it
FIFTY years ago the first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development launched a debate about how much money rich countries should give to poor ones to reduce...
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African growth looking forward | vox

African growth looking forward | vox | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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Part of the Africa Rising narrative - a positive view here on growth and development prospects for Africa with a focus on key areas for investment.

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Insight On Africa: Special Report

Insight On Africa: Special Report | Development Economics | Scoop.it
A new Legatum Institute report, Insight on Africa, shows that economic growth, improving health standards and greater foreign and domestic investment – amongst other factors – are having a positive impact on prosperity in the region.
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US firms to invest $14bn in Africa

US firms to invest $14bn in Africa | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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The gated globe

The gated globe | Development Economics | Scoop.it
According to Global Trade Alert, a monitoring service, at least 400 new protectionist measures have been put in place each year since 2009, and the trend is on the increase.
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A year back now - but tremendously useful for econ4 students to build their context

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China to cut cotton import quotas to boost demand for domestic fibre

China to cut cotton import quotas to boost demand for domestic fibre | Development Economics | Scoop.it
By Dominique Patton BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) - China, the world's top consumer of cotton, will slash its import quotas for 2015 to boost demand for domesti...
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Use supply and demand analysis to consider the impact of this quota cut on the Chinese market and exporters from outside China. Look a little deeper to see other ways in which the domestic industry is being supported.

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East Africa Agrees Draft EU Trade Pact to Avoid Tax Charges

East Africa Agrees Draft EU Trade Pact to Avoid Tax Charges | Development Economics | Scoop.it
The East African Community
negotiated a draft agreement to extend preferential trade access
with the European Union, intended to replace an interim accord
expiring next week, Kenya’s Foreign Ministry said.
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Consider the importance here of tariff and quota free access to EU markets for countries such as Kenya. What are the mutual gains from trade in this example?

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From Adversity to Opportunity: How the Aftermath of a Disaster Can Lead to a Safer Future

From Adversity to Opportunity: How the Aftermath of a Disaster Can Lead to a Safer Future | Development Economics | Scoop.it
This week, hundreds of experts, policymakers and practitioners will gather in Washington, D.C., for the second World Reconstruction Conference to explore how to use post-disaster recovery and reconstruction processes to create better lives and livelihoods.
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Global Fairtrade sales reach £4.4bn following 15% growth during 2013

Global Fairtrade sales reach £4.4bn following 15% growth during 2013 | Development Economics | Scoop.it
UK continues as largest international market for Fairtrade products with total reaching £1.8bn
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Could vertical farms feed the world?

The challenge of ensuring adequate, nutrient-rich food for an expanding global population is a daunting one, especially given constraints on key resources like water and agricultural land. As it stands, the two leading approaches to enriching and enlarging the world’s food supply are genetic engineering and industrial processing with additives and chemicals. Now, a third […]
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Raising farm yields in a sustainable way not least because of the challenges of water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges for lower income countries (and advanced nations too!). This blog from the World Economic Forum explores innovative vertical farming. Will this type of farming get the finance to be scaled up? What are the possible consequences for employment in farming sectors traditionally have absorbed a high percentage of employment? This is a good article to read to build your contextual awareness.

 

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Chile launches its biggest wind farm

Chile launches its biggest wind farm | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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Tourism in Africa : Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods

Tourism in Africa : Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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A timely report on the potential for harnessing investment in tourism in Africa as a catalyst for growth and development. There are substantial risks as well as opportunities, but tourism is an important development topic and this report will provide some useful examples and insights.

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The fortunes of nations: how long term growth rates change countries

The fortunes of nations: how long term growth rates change countries | Development Economics | Scoop.it
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Here is a really excellent blog on the issue of growth divergence - Simon Taylor contrasts the historical growth records of the United States versus Argentina and then South Korea against Ghana. The accompanying charts reveal starkly the widening gap in GDP per capita between each pair of countries over the very long term. 

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News & Events | Asian Development Bank

News & Events | Asian Development Bank | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Get the latest updates from the ADB: news releases, features, interviews, videos, photo essays and other material on ADB’s work in Asia and the Pacific, transcripts of speeches, Op-Eds and opinion articles also available.
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The Asian Development Bank website is an excellent source of information and analysis for many of the developing / emerging countries that students will want to focus ones part of their A2 and IB economics studies.

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When land is degraded, its people and their prospects are degraded too

When land is degraded, its people and their prospects are degraded too | Development Economics | Scoop.it
Monique Barbut: Investing in sustainable land management could help boost political, economic and climatic resilience in poor countries
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Explore the Report: Adding Up the Benefits of Climate Action

Discover the benefits of a series of climate-smart development policies in lives saved, jobs created, energy demand reduced, and increased GDP.
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Colette Cole-Saner's curator insight, August 6, 12:33 PM

Change moves soooo slowly.