Spatial inequality has received considerable attention from both scholars and politicians in the last two decades, coinciding with advances in globalisation.
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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.
Growth still is good for the poor
David Dollar, Tatjana Kleineberg, Aart Kraay, 19 November 2013
With the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in full swing, it is important to reassess how and to what extent new development challenges should be reflected in the agenda. A key part of the soon-expiring Millennium Development Goals aimed at halving absolute poverty – as defined by the World Bank's $1.25/day standard – between 1990 and 2015.
Long-term barriers to growth
Enrico Spolaore, Romain Wacziarg, 3 October 2013
Students of comparative development have turned their focus to factors rooted deeper and deeper in history.
Alberto Alesina, Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou, 18 November 2012
Vox readers can download CEPR Discussion Paper 9225 for free here.
Colonialism and development in Africa
Leander Heldring, James A Robinson, 10 January 2013
The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 formalised what has become known as the ‘Scramble for Africa’. European powers arbitrarily divided up Africa between themselves and started administrating their new colonies. Seventy years later they bequeathed to native Africans countries that looked remarkably different from how they looked in 1880.
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Mohsin Khan, 8 November 2012
The dramatic political developments since the Arab Spring have generated uncertainty and subsequent debate over the future of economic policies and economic reforms in the Arab world. This column asks:
Development effectiveness after the Arab Spring: Challenges ahead
Emmanuel Frot, Anders Olofsgård, Maria Perrotta, 26 October 2012
The new consensus in development cooperation, first launched in the 2005 Paris Declaration and known as the ‘Aid Effectiveness Agenda’, stresses the importance of ownership, alignment, harmonisation, and result focus. This is not the first time donors have commited to improved practices or an increase in funds, though, and the past track record is mixed at best.
Germs, Social Networks and Growth
Alessandra Fogli, Laura Veldkamp, 21 October 2012
Vox readers can download Discussion Paper 9188 for free here.
Power sharing and institutional stability
Bernardo Guimaraes, Kevin D Sheedy, 5 July 2012
Economic activity is influenced by institutions that determine the rules prevailing in a society. Examples include how much income is taxed; what firms can and cannot do; whether contracts are enforced and disputes quickly and correctly resolved; and limits on the arbitrary exercise of government power.
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