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    Honey, I grew the kids: Evidence from ethnic Indians in England

    22 August 2016 | Caterina Alacevich, Alessandro Tarozzi

    Despite impressive rates of economic growth in recent decades, India remains one of the worst performing countries worldwide in terms of height, among children and adults. This blog shows that height gaps exist, although decline substantially, among adult immigrants of Indian ethnicity in England, while virtually disappearing among their young children. Historical data...

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    Making Aadhaar compulsory jeopardises privacy rights

    18 August 2016 | Jean Drèze, Pragya Tiwari

    “I am not aware that this has been thought through” – Jean Drèze speaks to Pragya Tiwari about the new Aadhaar Act In March, the Aadhaar Bill was passed, empowering the government to use the Unique Identity scheme for delivering subsidies and services and potentially enabling it to require that citizens enroll. However, the bill has come under significant...

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    Uber is arriving now: Driving urban mobility in Africa

    16 August 2016 | Astrid Haas, Julia Bird

    The Uber revolution has arrived. The ride-share app launched services in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and more recently in Uganda and Ghana. One of the biggest potential benefits of Uber in African cities could be to provide urban planners and authorities grappling with how to manage rapid urbanisation with access to data. The app collects substantial data on...

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    What the heck is happening in the developing world?

    15 August 2016 | Catherine Wolfram

    Projecting global energy consumption patterns have historically been difficult. Much of the recent growth in demand for energy has come from developing countries. Addressing security challenges in the future will require researchers to have a better understanding of the drivers of energy consumption in developing countries. One of the most important energy graphs...

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    Understanding women's productivity: In conversation with Naila Kabeer

    10 August 2016 | Naila Kabeer, Sonali Campion

    In June, the South Asia Centre held an event entitled “Tales of the Unexpected: gender equality and social progress in Bangladesh”. Sonali Campion spoke to panellist Naila Kabeer in greater detail about her research on the rapidly changing status of women in Bangladesh, the challenge of measuring women’s economic activities and how to design inclusive...

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    The boring infrastructure that Rwanda needs

    9 August 2016 | Garth Frazer

    Sometimes, the infrastructure that is needed is old and boring. In the 21st century, where the world is electronically interconnected and global information transfers happen in the fraction of a second, building electronic, communication infrastructure is an important component of economic success.  Even small farmers in rural Africa benefit from these information...

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    Let them buy light in rural Bihar

    8 August 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Robin Burgess, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

    Access to electricity is critical to encouraging growth and reducing poverty. Around the world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, including 300 million Indian citizens, most of whom live in rural areas. Micro-grid products could provide an innovative solution, bridging the gaps in access to electricity with potentially large economic and welfare gains...

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    Smaller is better when investing in faecal sludge management in Asia

    3 August 2016 | Amy Leung

    Smaller-scale sanitation solutions for faecal sludge management are having a big impact in Asia. Amy Leung looks at the small sanitation innovation that is having a big impact in Asia While there is no one quick solution to sanitation problems in Asia and the Pacific, some small wastewater projects are making waves. The scale of these projects implies shifting away from...

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    Curse of anonymity or tyranny of distance? The impacts of job-search support in urban Ethiopia

    21 July 2016 | Simon Franklin, Stefano Caria

    Urban jobs are key drivers of economic growth in developing countries. Finding ways to connect and match young and skilled workers with better jobs remains a key policy challenge. In Ethiopia, experiments with training and transport subsidies show great promise. Unemployment is high among young people in Africa, especially in urban areas. While many young people come to...

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    How much will people pay for clean air? Evidence from China

    18 July 2016 | Koichiro Ito

    Pollution is no doubt a major problem. But how much are people willing to pay to get rid of it? The answer: A lot. But, it also depends on a person’s income. That’s what my coauthor and I found in a new study. The findings come as leaders in emerging economies like China and India ramp up efforts to confront pollution. We provide a key metric to help them decide which...

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