One of the first Millennium Development Goals is to reduce hunger by half between 1990 and 2015. To date, the global hunger count has fallen slightly, from 1 billion in 1990–1992 to 870 million in 2010–2012 (Food and Agriculture Organization 2013). As a proportion of the world’s population, this is just a one-third fall in the hunger rate, from 19% to 13%.
More to do on measuring hunger
Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, Jed Friedman, John Gibson, 18 February 2014
Why don’t African firms create more jobs?
Leonardo Iacovone, Vijaya Ramachandran, 7 February 2014
There is an urgent need for job creation in Africa. Many economies on the continent suffer high rates of under-employment and/or low-productivity employment. In addition, because of demographic factors, many countries anticipate that large numbers of youth will enter the workforce in the near future.
The value of democracy in the world’s poorest region: Evidence from Kenya’s road building
Ameet Morjaria, 5 February 2014
An enormous literature points to a diverse set of factors behind Africa’s growth tragedy, ranging from bad policies, poor education, and poor infrastructure, to aging leaders, the historic slave trade, and political instability.
With a little help from my friends – FDI in Africa
Holger Görg, Christiane Krieger-Boden, Adnan Seric, 10 December 2013
Foreign direct investment (FDI) and the emergence of multinational firms (MNEs) have proven successful strategies for the growth performance of host countries. In recent years, developing economies have gained substantial shares of such worldwide FDI flows. Now, a “new wave of FDI” has even swept sub-Saharan Africa, one of the poorest regions of the world (Figure 1).
AGOA rules: The intended and unintended consequences of special fabric provisions
Lawrence Edwards, Robert Z. Lawrence, 20 November 2013
The US and EU often claim credit for granting duty-free quota-free access to products from the least developed countries. Such preferential treatment is of interest not only because it might provide one-time benefits in the form of higher incomes and increased employment, but also because trade is often associated with dynamic benefits that lead to faster growth and development.
Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, 19 November 2013
Since its inception in the 1850s, the British Civil Service has become a cornerstone of the executive branch of the UK government, translating the policy programme of the government into practice.
Democracy in Africa
Thorvaldur Gylfason, 17 November 2013
A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.
― Alexis de Tocqueville
Until the second half of the 19th century, there were so few democratic states around the world that they could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
African polygamy: Past and present
James Fenske, 9 November 2013
Polygamy and poverty are both widespread in sub-Saharan Africa.1 Several arguments have been made suggesting this correlation is causal.
National institutions and subnational development in Africa
Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou, 11 October 2013
Few issues have received more inquiry in the social sciences than "what are the fundamental determinants of comparative development?" The institutional view asserts that the ultimate causes of underdevelopment are poorly performing institutional structures, such as lack of constraints on the executive, poor property-rights protection, as well as inefficient legal and court systems (s
Who benefits from aid for trade?
Philipp Hühne, Birgit Meyer, Peter Nunnenkamp, 31 July 2013
Donors are widely believed to use aid as a means to foster their own commercial interest (e.g., Berthélemy 2006, Hoeffler and Outram 2011).
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- Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implicationsDe Grauwe, Ji
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- Commodity and Equity Markets: Some Stylized Facts from a Copula ApproachDelatte, Lopez
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- Finance and Poverty: Evidence from IndiaAyyagari, Beck, Hoseini
- The Manipulation of Basel Risk-WeightsMariathasan, Merrouche
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- The euro in the 'currency war'Bénassy-Quéré, Martin
- The roots of shadow bankingPerotti
- What’s wrong with Europe?Baldini, Manasse
- How the EZ crisis is permanently changing EU institutionsMicossi
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