“The right data at the right time”: How to effectively communicate research to policy makers

September 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

Researchers in development often hope that their research can ultimately influence policy. But getting from research results to policymaker persuasion is definitely an ongoing struggle. Yesterday I noticed insights on this point from Dasmine Kennedy of Jamaica’s Ministry of Education as well as Albert Motivans through Equal Measures 2030. (I also gave my two cents. )

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

September 12th, 2017 (No Comments)

Weeks after row over academic articles, China says imported publications must be legal
Reuters, September 8, 2017

辽宁姜立军、金宇、赵野等举报控告辽宁关山子监狱监狱长胡文明、监区长吴占军、教导员隋长青、中队长李鹏等人索贿受贿、滥用职权、虐待被监管人等系列反人类反文明犯罪的公开信 (Citizens in Liaoning lodge torture and bribery complaints against prison officials and write open letter)
Weiquanwang, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Citizen Participation
civil society
protests and petitions

Comprehending the effects of the world’s largest workfare program

September 2nd, 2017 (No Comments)

As the world’s chief workfare program, India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Structure (NREGS) has attracted much atten­tion. Yet its impacts on arboriculture have been relatively neglected. A re­cent paper by Deininger, Nagarajan, and then Singh addresses this gap merely fo­cusing on the program’s effects on your ag­ricultural productivity as well as labor market outcomes.

The program offers unskilled em­ployment, for up to 100 days a year in every household, in projects to provide close by productivity-enhancing infrastructure. Wages are fit by statute, at rates which are equal for men and women and, it is longed, not attractive enough to pre­vent effective self-targeting.

Unraveling the dynamics of agricultural variables subsidies

August 19th, 2017 (No Comments)

Inorganic fertilizer use by smallholder farmers is one way to boost soil sperm count and associated crop-yields and plantation incomes. Yet fertilizer use is the lowest where yield increase is necessary the most. Per the World Development Component database, inorganic fertilizer use takes up 154 kgs/hectare in middle-income states, while in low-income countries it is other than one-tenth this level at thirteen kgs/hectare. What is driving this situation? , and they are at times fiscally expensive programs, related to government subsidies, commonly used in short income countries, the right solution?

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

August 12th, 2017 (No Comments)

腾讯微信、新浪微博、百度贴吧涉嫌违反《网络安全法》被立案调查 (Tencent, Sina, plus Baidu under investigation for suspected violation of Cybersecurity Law from the PRC)
People. com. cn, August 11, 2017

广东举办全省网络新闻信息服务从业人员培训班 (Guangdong launches province-wide training course to get internet news information service practitioners)
Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Matters, August 9, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights

Much better information to improve service delivery: New evidence

August 5th, 2017 (No Comments)

Countries around the world have experimented with “school report cards”: providing mother and father with information about the quality of their college so that they can demand higher quality service for his or her children. The results have been mixed. Andrabi, Das, and Khwaja bring a substantial contribution to that literature in last month’s American Economic Review using their article using data from Pakistan , “Report Credit cards: The Impact of Providing College and Child Test Scores upon Educational Markets. ”

Spending on bling: What explains the demand for status goods?

July 22nd, 2017 (No Comments)

When people spend money, their particular decisions are often influenced by the wish to signal wealth and attain interpersonal status. This insight is not completely new – even Adam Smith, in the Wealth of Nations, gripes that his contemporaries spend an excessive amount of on “status goods” that are not a necessity of life, and that they most likely can’t afford.

Social signaling motives within consumption seem to be present in many different economic settings, and may in fact be therefore widespread that they can be linked to bigger economic phenomena, such as inequality plus persistent poverty. Studies using home surveys show, for example , that the bad around the world spend a strikingly big share of their income on visible expenditures, which may have negative effects for asset accumulation, household indebtedness, and investments in education. Exactly the same pattern has been shown to hold for ethnic minorities in the Unites States – so much so, that a recent study argues that differences in conspicuous consumption may account for as much as one third of the wealth gap between Whites and African Americans

Authorities Accountability (政府问责)

July 12th, 2017 (No Comments)

May meets Xi Jinping as China suggests “shelving” Hong Kong row
The Guardian, July 8, 2017

Chinese graft-buster “front runner” to head insurance plan watchdog
South China Morning Post, July 10, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Government Liability

Power prices fell 6 percent in June — Pink Sheet

July 8th, 2017 (No Comments)

Power commodity prices declined 6 % in June, led by a 7. 5 percent plunge in oil, the World Bank’s Pink Sheet said.

Agriculture costs dropped nearly 2 percent, with most groups easing, including food and beverages (down 1 percent each) plus raw materials (off 3. 5 percent). Fertilizer prices gained 2 percent.

Alloys and mineral prices slid 1 percent, led by an 8 % tumble in iron ore costs. Precious metals prices increased 1 percent.

The Red Sheet is a monthly report that will monitors commodity price movements.

Graph 1: Most commodity price indexes declined in June

Nominal cost indexes, percent changes, June more than May

 Most commodity price indexes declined in June

Source: Globe Bank

Human being development accounting

June 24th, 2017 (No Comments)

The rate of change in human development outcomes differs considerably across countries over long periods of time, as reflected in the two histograms below (Figure 1). For 79 countries in the period 1980-2014, the percentage decline in child fatality was 3. 39% on average, having a standard deviation of 1. 36%, a smallest rate of 0. 89% (Central African Republic) and a greatest rate of 8. 07% (Maldives). The average percentage increase in school enrollment was 3. 35%, with a regular deviation 3. 54%, a minimum of 0. 37% (Georgia) and a maximum of 19. 68% (Maldives). Similar patterns associated with cross-country variation are found when using alternate proxies for health and education outcomes.

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