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Job Opening: Social Media Assistant

Summary: The Development Research Institute is seeking a Social Media Assistant to support the social media outreach of the institute. Our ideal candidate is self-motivated and a problem solver; creative thinker with strong writing skills; with extensive experience with social media content and data and is

Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order

DRI POLICY BRIEFING Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order  By Alain Bertaud   Executive Summary Urban planners are suspicious of spontaneous order, associating it with chaos and anarchy. As much as top-down design is indispensable for the construction of city infrastructure, it too often imposes

Job Opening: Student Program Assistant

Summary: The Development Research Institute is seeking a Student Program Assistant to support research and accompanying policy briefings on said research. Policy briefs will include reports, social media outreach and lectures. Our ideal candidate is self-motivated and a problem solver; creative thinker with strong writing

Greene Street: A Long History of a Short Block

NYU’s Development Research Institute (DRI) is proud to announce the launch of the Greene Street Project. The project, based on the academic paper, A Long History of a Short Block: Four Centuries of Development Surprises on a Single Stretch of a New York City Street, is a study

Twitter Rudeness on The Paradox of Behavioral Economics

The behavioral economics pioneer Richard H. Thaler wrote a column in the New York Times yesterday, on how people can behave irrationally in a way that leads to not so great outcomes. The column gave examples of such problems and some suggested fixes. I posted a comment

Discussing Unconditional Cash Transfers

Possibly the most controversial recent development endeavor is one with the most minimalist design – “just giving money to poor people.” Unconditional cash transfers, said to be less expensive and less paternalistic than in-kind aid or conditional payments, have gained wide exposure and generated many

2014 Conference Materials: Cities and Development

  Thank you for your interest in DRI’s 2014 Annual Conference! Please check the DRI webpage for a conference recap with photos and full-length talk videos, and the Greene Street study website for more information on the paper by William Easterly, Laura Freschi, and Steven Pennings. Tuesday, November 18,

How Not to Teach Children about Poverty

Meet Shameela, 5, a stateless child from a Thai refugee camp. Shameela’s battered shack has holes in the roof and walls. She has to share an outdoor bathroom with 100 other people. Shameela is crying while a photographer takes her portrait. Meet Harrison, 8, who