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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

John Kerry in Ethiopia Today Fails to Change History of Rights-Abusing Aid

UPDATE 2, May 2, 12:47pm EDT: Is it progress to have provoked a  one-on-one Twitter war with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus? UPDATE: May 2, 2014  Coverage of John Kerry’s “concern” yesterday about arrested Ethiopian bloggers in US media today: none. US State Department

Lessons from The Development Olympics

UPDATE noon 8/11/12: A devastating rebuttal to this post notes that if you limit the medal count to gold and change the indicator to the Human Development Index, there is no correlation. I have no idea what the point of this is. Researchers devote vast

Are Glasses the New TOMS Shoes?

There has been a lot written about the TOMS Shoes buy-one-give-one (BOGO) model and its shortcomings, but what about other companies that boast BOGO? Take Warby Parker, for example, the purveyor of hip eyeglasses that advertises “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” at the top

The AIDS conference political courage meter

The international AIDS conference in Washington has generated a lot of news on how to end the tragic AIDS epidemic. Some approaches to AIDS involve technical fixes (vaccines, treatment drugs, condoms, circumcision) on which it is easy to get political consensus. Others require real political

Cartoon explains the problem of aid accountability

You can tell I just discovered the tumblr web site I Love Charts So glad to discover this more accessible description of the principal-agent problem afflicting aid (and domestic bureaucracy as well).

The Art of Aid Effects on Growth

A new paper shows evidence that researchers manipulate econometric regressions to artificially attain a “real” (i.e. “statistically significant”) result. See Aid Thoughts for the key graphs, also Marginal Revolution. This is old news, but important. So of course, at this point you are wondering: how