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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

2015 Human Rights Conference Materials: Development without Freedom?

NYU DRI, the Bard College Human Rights Project, and the Rift Valley institute warmly invite you to a conference on justice, human rights, and foreign aid in Africa. Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:30am – 4:30pm The Grand Hall, NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 5th floor 238

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,

Just a few words

It’s been 238 years, and we have been fighting to realize these words ever since. Many around the world now see these words as universal and not specific to any nation, race, or culture These are words for which people risk their lives. All of us