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Randomized Controlled Trials, Part One

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Check out this video from MRUniversity on Randomized Controlled Trials, Part One .
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This video provides a perfect preparation for class tomorrow as we will be discussing the role of randomized controlled trials in development economics.  

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The economic cost of gender inequality

The economic cost of gender inequality | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
Madame Ngetsi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of thousands of women in the world who—despite their talent, drive, and potential to contribute to the economic development of their countries—may never be able to fulfill their dreams of...
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BBC HARDtalk - James Robinson - Professor of Government, Harvard University (13/7/12)

It's the most basic question of global economics and politics; why do some nations thrive while others fail? What does Norway have which Mali lacks? There ar...
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Challenging and detailed interview with James Robinson - one of the authors of Why Nations Why on the importance of political institutions in economic development.  We will begin studying Acemoglu and Robinson's work in class tomorrow. 

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Dambisa Moyo on why aid to Africa has been a disaster. full

Many of us believe that aid to Africa is crucial to lift people out of poverty. But not Dambisa Moyo. In a controversial new book, she argues that foreign ai...
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This is the full interview with Damibisa Moyo. We saw a clip in class.

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Paul Collier: The "bottom billion" | Video on TED.com

Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
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This video from 2008 outlines Paul Collier's claim that there are roughly a billion people caught in what he argues are poverty traps.

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Paul Rosenstein-Rodan

Paul Rosenstein-Rodan | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
He started as an Austrian economist, and ended up believing in "The Big Push."  I'm still waiting for the biography.
 
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Tyler Cowen's profile of Paul Rosenstein-Rodan - the development economist behind the idea of a 'big push'.  We will discuss his ideas in class on Tuesday. 

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The Big Mis-forecast - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

The Big Mis-forecast - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
Back in the 1950s development economists viewed poor countries as being stuck in various types of ...
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Why did development economists in the 1950s and 1960s systematic underestimate growth in East Asia relative to India, Africa or South America?

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Liberalization Increases Growth

Liberalization Increases Growth | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
In Assessing Economic Liberalization Episodes: A Synthetic Control Approach (wp version), Billmeier and Nannicni evaluate economic liberalizations, defined as “comprehensive reforms that extend the scope of the market, and in particular of...
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How to Define Development Economics (Debraj Ray and more) | INOMICS BLOG

How to Define Development Economics (Debraj Ray and more) | INOMICS BLOG | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
We are dedicating a series of blog posts to the field of Development Economics.
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Lant Pritchett: The Best of Aid

The Best of Aid: Guiding the Movement Lant Pritchett At The Best and Worst of Aid: Accountability, Incentives, and Effectiveness March 5, 2010
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Slides on improving the effectiveness of foreign aid

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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's ...
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Fantastic video that helps us visualize the rise of China and India.  Takeway point: economic growth has been very successful at raising people out of poverty but less successful at raising countries out of poverty. Why is that the case? 

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Institutions and ethnicities in Africa | vox

Institutions and ethnicities in Africa | vox | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
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This is a short and accessible article summarizing the paper we studied in class on the lack of importance of national institutions (relative to ethnicity) in Africa. 

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Daron Acemoglu on Why Nations Fail

MIT News - March 23, 2012 It is among the grandest topics in scholarship: Why do some nations, such as the United States, become wealthy and powerful, while ...
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Daron Acemoglu summarizing the main message of Why Nations Fail.  Here   he describes the difference between the institutions imposed in North and South America during the colonial period.  This is the subject of today's class. 

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Why Is Zambia So Poor? And Will Things Ever Get Better?

Why Is Zambia So Poor? And Will Things Ever Get Better? | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
This landlocked country in Sub-Saharan Africa isn't a failed state in the traditional sense. But most of its 14 million people live on less than $1 per day.
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Why is Zambia poor?  Despite having an abudance of natural resouces in the form of copper and relatively free elections, a complex constellation of factors including the legal system and corruption seem to account for the persistence of poverty in Zambia. 

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Jeffrey Sachs on CBC

Jeffrey D. Sachs discusses foreign aid, successful aid practices, and rebuts aid critics with sound examples of success.
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Jeffrey Sachs defending the efficacy of foreign aid.

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In Afghanistan, USAID program helps grape farmers bear profitable fruit, but troubles loom

In Afghanistan, USAID program helps grape farmers bear profitable fruit, but troubles loom | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
Afghan grapes, a rare profitable export, could wither as years of U.S. support and expertise shrink.
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Why Johnnies Around the World Can’t Read

Why Johnnies Around the World Can’t Read | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
In country after country, more kids are enrolled in school than ever before. Are they learning anything?
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Quality of education is very low in many developing countries. Why is this the case?  What does this imply about development metrics which rely on quantity and not quality measures? 

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India's unique crisis - I

India's unique crisis - I | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
Aspects of the Indian crisis have no parallels in recent history, and the crisis has consequently been misdiagnosed
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Bill Gates on the Importance of Measurement

Bill Gates on the Importance of Measurement | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better, writes Bill Gates.
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Africa's Land Reform Policies Can Boost Agricultural Productivity, Create Food Security and Eradicate Poverty

Africa's Land Reform Policies Can Boost Agricultural Productivity, Create Food Security and Eradicate Poverty | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
A new World Bank report “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” suggests a series of ten steps that may help to revolutionize agricultural production and eradicate poverty in Africa.
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Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash. - Chris Blattman

Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash. - Chris Blattman | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
I’ve just finished a new paper with a clunky title (the kind that economics referees hopefully love), Credit Constraints, Occupational Choice, and the Process of Development: Long Run Evidence from Cash Transfers in Uganda.
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Simon Kuznets - Prize Lecture: Modern Economic Growth: Findings and Reflections

Simon Kuznets - Prize Lecture: Modern Economic Growth: Findings and Reflections | Economics of Developing Countries (Econ 360) | Scoop.it
Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize
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Simon Kuznet was the founder of modern GDP statistics. His Nobel lecture is important reading. 

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