Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why are there missing financial markets in poor countries?

In my critique of finance as a solution to problems in poor countries, I emphasized that researchers have underemphasized the fundamental point of why the highly-effective financial instruments they’re offering don’t already exist in the communities they study. In a … Continue reading

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Setting reasonable expectations for aid

Owen Barder has a great post today on what we know about the effectiveness of foreign aid. Broadly, the answer is that we don’t know much, but that what we do doesn’t support the strong claim that aid lifts people … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Hospital Administrative Data

A recent post by Kate Cronin-Furman at wronging rights explains how the numbers on rape in the Congo can mislead us. The problem she highlights is a general issue with relying on data from hospital admissions in order to measure … Continue reading

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