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In many cultures and industries gift giving is a common practice to influence behavior, often at the expense of a third party. Examples include business gifts given by suppliers to procurement managers, by pharmaceutical companies to physicians or by lobbyists … Continue reading ?
ODI’s Marta Foreti adds her voice to the ongoing corruption and development debate. My favorite bit: According to recent research by ODI and IPPR the UK public is ready for a more open and honest conversation about what generates development. ‘The public’, … Continue reading ?
A new randomized trial from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The study population consists of loan applicants that regular screening would have marginally rejected. Access to credit allowed borrowers to start and expand small-scale businesses. Households that already had a business and … Continue reading ?
Here is a conjecture: corruption is a way for many economists and policymakers to talk about bad political outcomes without talking about politics. As long as the discussion is not about politics, there can always be a simple, non-political solution, … Continue reading ?
Map of the day: Visualizing the global arms trade (interactive — use Chrome) with explanation Innovations in landmine clearance Crickets that live near highways change their tune to overcome roadside noise What happens when you set a Twinkie on fire? … Continue reading ?
…the ranks of computer software engineers, including app writers, increased nearly 8 percent in 2010 to more than a million, according to the latest available government data for that category. These software engineers now outnumber farmers and have almost caught … Continue reading ?
What’s the impact of information and jobs on girls’ HIV infection rates in Uganda? What have we learned from 5 years of research on African power and politics? Women as academic authors, by discipline, 1665-2010 Map of the day: Where … Continue reading ?
For everyone who’s ever wondered “what do I need Twitter for, anyway”, it turns out that the surprising answer is: “keeping track of sovereign state declarations of war.” No, really. My post-Hurricane Sandy restoration of internet services kicked in just in … Continue reading ?
Two jobs that might be of interest. (And a reminder, and an apology, that I only post jobs on this blog if it’s working for me, or for someone married to me. Otherwise I get bombarded.) I’m looking for a research … Continue reading ...
While Washington plays “Guess the next Secretary of State”, Robert Worth has a marvelous NY Times Magazine piece, where he quotes a former Ambassador to Kenya: “The model has become, we will go to dangerous places and transform them, and we will do it … Continue reading ?
The actual title is The Outsider’s Guide to Supporting Nonviolent Resistance to Dictatorship. My alternate title was suggested by a colleague. The manual comes with a disclaimer: The following pages are designed to kick start a global conversation on how—and how … Continue reading ?
After this morning’s post, I’ve learned someone has indeed done the political economy of the Bolivian prison. The article is by David Skarbek: Cooperation among prison inmates is especially unlikely because criminals have high discount rates, lack the ability to exclude noncooperators … Continue reading ?
San Pedro prison, the biggest in Bolivia’s main city, La Paz, is home to about 1,500 inmates. Once you pass the thick walls and the security gates, any resemblance to a normal jail disappears: there are children playing, market stalls, … Continue reading ?
At the fourth annual Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, a quartet of teenage girls ages 14 through 15 have created a urine-powered generator. This eco-friendly energy source cranks out six hours of electricity for every liter of human bodily fluid by … Continue reading ?
At the beginning of China’s economic reforms in 1978, the annual wage of a Chinese urban worker was only $1,004 in U.S. dollars …However, wages are now rising in China. In 2010, the annual wage of a Chinese urban worker reached $5,487 … Continue reading ?
From the first time Barack Obama summoned the country’s leading presidential historians to dinner, they saw that the type of discussion he wanted would be different from their talks with previous Oval Office occupants. There was almost no small talk, for this … Continue reading ?
Note the sender. Mr Franklin Roosvelt, President of the United States. My good friend Roosvelt I don’t know very English, but I know as much as write to you. I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy, … Continue reading ?
It’s fall, and about time for the flood of grad school inquiries. Like many of my colleagues, this is one of the most common questions I get in office hours from my students. Partly because of the blog, I must get an … Continue reading ?
What I love most is that this was being circulated by the august American politics faculty of my fair university.
Should foreign donors care about corruption in developing countries? In my comment on David Cameron’s development vision, I called corruption an Anglo-American fetish. Westerners care about corruption far out of proportion to its impact on poverty alleviation and economic growth. To … Continue reading ?