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Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

“A marvelously insightful book by two outstanding researchers on the real nature of poverty.” —Amartya Sen


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems...


The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment

by Chris Martenson

The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years.

The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment...


Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts

by Naazneen H. Barma & Elisabeth Huybens

Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies...


How Solid Is Economic Growth in the East African Community?

by Nikoloz Gigineishvili & Paolo Mauro

Is rapid economic growth experienced by the East African Community during the past decade built on solid foundations? To gain some clues, we use a variety of newly-collected and existing data sources to analyze...


Burkina Faso :  Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Africa Rising : Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

by Paulo Drummond & Vimal Thakoor

Africa will account for 80 percent of the projected 4 billion increase in the global population by 2100. The accompanying increase in its working age population creates a window of opportunity, which if properly...


Mauritius The Drivers of Growth-Can the Past be Extended?

by Katsiaryna Svirydzenka & Martin Petri

Mauritius’s economic performance has been called “the Mauritian miracle” and the “success of Africa” (Romer, 1992; Frankel, 2010; Stiglitz, 2011), despite difficult initial conditions that led a Nobel...


Developmental Macroeconomics: New Developmentalism as a Growth Strategy

by Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira & José Luís|Marconi, Nelson Oreiro

Developmental Macroeconomics: Access to Demand, the Exchange Rate and Growth offers a new approach to development economics and macroeconomics. It is a Keynesian-structuralist approach to economics applied to...


From the Pit to the Market: Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone

by Diane Frost

Diamonds have played an important role in the political economy of Sierra Leone, as was highlighted by the use of 'conflict' or 'blood' diamonds in the decade-long civil war. Conflict diamonds were used not...


Incomplete Streets: Processes, practices, and possibilities

by Stephen Zavestoski & Julian Agyeman

The 'Complete Streets' concept and movement in urban planning and policy has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader effects of an urban...


African Industrial Development and Eu Cooperation: Prospects for a Reengineered Partnership

by Francis A.S.T. Matambalya

Of the 54African states, only South Africa is categorised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) amongst industrialised countries. The economic activities in Africa are still dominated...


The Politics of Carbon Markets

by Benjamin Stephan & Richard Lane

The carbon markets are in the middle of a fundamental crisis - a crisis marked by collapsing prices, fleeing actors, and ever increasing greenhouse gas levels. Yet carbon trading remains at the heart of global...


Kuna Crafts, Gender, and the Global Economy

by Karin E. Tice

Brightly colored and intricately designed, molas have become popular with buyers across the United States, Europe, and Japan, many of whom have never heard of the San Blas Kuna of Panama who make the fabric...


The Mexican Urban Household: Organizing for Self-Defense

by Henry A. Selby, Arthur D. Murphy & Stephen A. Lorenzen

The sufferings of "ordinary" people under harsh economic conditions can eventually lead to the fall of governments. Given this fact, it becomes important to know how "ordinary" people live-what privations they...


The Informal Economy in Developing Countries

by Jean-Pierre Cling, Stéphane Lagrée & Mireille Razafindrakoto

Informality is ubiquitous in most developing countries. Understanding the informal economy is therefore of utmost importance from a political, economic and social point of view. Paradoxically, despite its economic...


Nature and Social Power

by Erica Schoenberger

We are at an environmental impasse. Many blame our personal choices about the things we consume and the way we live. This is only part of the problem. Different forms of social power - political, economic and...


Economic Transition in China: Long-Run Growth and Short-Run Fluctuations

by B01

This book provides a comprehensive overview on Chinese economy in the last three decades and an insightful view on the future reform in China. The China's miracle is used to describe its rapid economic growth...


Rising Brics and Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa's Business Cycle Patterns

by Oumar Diallo & Sampawende J. -A. Tapsoba

This paper assesses the extent to which Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)’s business cycle is synchronized with that of the rest of the world (RoW). Findings suggest that SSA’s business cycle has not only moved in...


Cross-Country Linkages in Europe: A Global Var Analysis

by Yan Sun & Frigyes F Heinz

This paper uses the Global VAR (GVAR) model proposed by Pesaran et al. (2004) to study cross-country linkages among euro area countries, other advanced European countries (including the Nordics, the UK, etc.),...