Category Archives: Trade & Development

Iraqi bleg

Loyal reader Alistair Campbell, who helped run the Youth Initiative for Progress in Iraq conference last year, is looking for financial and in-kind support to get an Iraqi team to the 2010 World Schools Debating Championship. More details over the … Continue reading

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Can a Randomly Delivered Paper Make you Scared of Tigers?

One of my PhD students, Dinuk Jayasuriya, is giving an interesting seminar next week. All welcome. Time & Date: 9.30 – 11.00am, Friday, 17 April Location: Coombs Building, Seminar Room B Speaker: Dinuk Jayasuriya Topic: “A Randomized Study Investigating State-Run … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Trade & Development

Blame the climate, not the colonists

My ANU colleague Sambit Bhattacharya has a new paper on the causes of African underdevelopment. He tests various theories, and concludes that what matters most is having a climate that is conducive to malaria. Here’s the abstract: Root Causes of … Continue reading

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Oportunidades Knocks?

Can paying children for attendance and grades boost scores, or will it do more harm than good? In development economics, one of the most popular programs over recent years are conditional cash transfer programs. Modelled on a randomised trial of … Continue reading

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Development Conference Papers

For anyone who was unable to attend last week’s New Techniques in Development Economics Conference (supported by AusAID), some of the papers are available online. Full program over the fold. Those that are available are hyperlinked; others should show up with … Continue reading

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New Techniques in Development Economics

I’m co-organising a conference today and tomorrow on “New Techniques in Development Economics” (program and location details here), including some of my favourite development economists from outside Australia (including but not limited to Chris Blattman, Leigh Linden, Seema Jayachandran, Dean Karlan, and … Continue reading

Posted in Randomisation, Trade & Development

Making Aid Work

My op-ed last Tuesday was on the effectiveness of foreign aid, looking especially at AusAID’s efforts (via its Office of Development Effectiveness) to ensure that the multi-billion dollar increase in foreign aid over the coming years isn’t wasted. Full text … Continue reading

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