Posts tagged as: Ideas matter

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    Ideas Matter: How migrating to cities can ease seasonal poverty

    Migrating to cities can help rural families escape downturns in the agricultural cycle. But for urban migration to be an effective tool for poverty alleviation, the costs of getting to cities, finding a job, and leaving home behind, need to be as low as possible. Lean seasons have been common throughout farming history. In The Discovery of France, Graham Robb describes how...

    26 Aug 2020 | Sebastian Kriticos

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    Ideas Matter: Sparking insights from the demand and supply side of electricity

    Understanding of both the demand and supply side is crucial for ensuring the proper functioning of the electricity market and the provision of electricity. Approximately one billion people, mainly located in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to electricity in their homes. This limits productive activities at the household level (prime example being...

    19 Aug 2020 | Joevas Asare

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    Ideas Matter: What is stopping developing countries from taxing more?

    Public finance – government revenue and expenditure – is crucial for redistribution and inclusive growth. The information scarce environment and a large informal sector make it difficult for developing countries to raise revenue through taxation. Virtually every country in the world taxes their populations. But, some do so more successfully than others. Most developing...

    12 Aug 2020 | Shahrukh Wani

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    Ideas Matter: Improving private sector performance

    Unleashing the potential of the private sector in developing countries is critical to achieving productive job creation and inclusive growth. Productivity growth - increasing how much output is realised from a given amount of inputs - is one of the main contributors to economic development (Caselli, 2004, Hall and Jones, 1999). One reason for productivity in developing...

    5 Aug 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Ideas Matter: Why does democracy matter for growth?

    According to Freedom House, some African nations, such as Ethiopia and Angola, made important strides toward becoming democracies in 2019, but overall progress on the continent was offset by increasing restrictions elsewhere. Why does this matter for growth and development? The reasons are complicated and manifold, but evidence suggests that the increased accountability...

    29 Jul 2020 | Jamie Green

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    Ideas Matter: Providing a big push towards women empowerment

    In 2030, six percent of the world population could still be living in extreme poverty. This would be in spite of all the effort that is being made to achieve the first sustainable development goal of eradication of all forms of poverty. Presently, over 730 million people live in extreme poverty i.e below the international poverty line of $1.9 a day.  In his book...

    22 Jul 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    Ideas matter: Celebrating 50 years of development economics research

    Since the IGC was founded a bit more than 10 years ago, the organisation has supported many projects and researchers that gave rise to transformational ideas in the field of economic development and growth. We are today publishing The Little Book of Growth Ideas presenting a selection of these growth ideas. Given the ongoing crisis related to COVID-19, these ideas remain...

    15 Jul 2020 | Matthieu Teachout