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Thinking Aloud: “Is China the New Idol for Emerging Economies?”

Aug. 13, 2015 by Darius  It is common so-called wisdom to believe that the breakup of the Soviet Union ended any challenge to the inevitable march of capitalist markets and democratic reform throughout the world.  Indeed, for much of the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Melinda Gates on Global Development

June 3, 2015 by Darius  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s single largest private foundation and has taken as its mission improving health care and reducing extreme poverty around the world.  By some accounts, the Gates Foundation … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Worm Index and Human Development

May 6, 2015 by Darius  According to a new study published in a science journal this week, for most of the world’s most populous countries, few factors correlate more closely with human development than the level of worm infections (!). … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “India Targets Maoist Jungle Stronghold to Win Mining Riches”

“India Targets Maoist Jungle Stronghold to Win Mining Riches” Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-09/india-closes-in-on-maoist-jungle-stronghold-to-win-mining-riches “The hills above Sinu Tati’s village of Tikanpal in central India are known for two things: one of the world’s largest iron-ore deposits, and a jungle … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent”

“In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.72 http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21639588-how-insect-held-back-continent-ointment “Economic historians have long supposed that Africa’s historically low population density shaped its development.  Rulers struggled to exercise control over scattered populations, the theory goes. … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “African Economic Growth: The Twilight of the Resource Curse?”

“African Economic Growth: The Twilight of the Resource Curse?” The Economist, January 10-16, 2015, p.41 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21638141-africas-growth-being-powered-things-other-commodities-twilight “For decades commodity prices have shaped Africa’s economic growth.  The continent is home to a third of the planet’s mineral reserves, a tenth of the oil … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “What the Social Progress Index Can Reveal About Your Country”

Dec. 26, 2014 by Darius Gross domestic product has been used to measure a country’s well-being since 1934.  In his TED Talk, “What the Social Progress Index Can Reveal About Your Country,” author Michael Green outlines a potential supplement and replacement … Continue reading

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