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    Data: High skilled and low skilled emigration from low income countries

    We analyze location choices of foreign-born science and engineering students receiving PhDs from US universities. Foreign students who stay in the United States are positively selected on observables. They tend to stay in the United States during periods of strong US economic growth and during periods of weak home country economic growth. Foreign students from higher-income...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Using SMS data to improve Ebola models and estimate the impact of Ebola on healthcare seeking behavior in Liberia

    The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an exemplar for the need to rapidly measure population-level health-seeking behaviors, in order to understand healthcare utilization during emergency situations. Taking advantage of the high prevalence of mobile phones, we deployed a national SMS-poll and collected data about individual-level health and health-seeking behavior...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    We study how the management practices bureaucrats operate under correlate with the quantity of public services delivered, using data from the Nigerian Civil Service. We have hand‐coded independent engineering assessments of 4,700 project completion rates. We supplement this with a management survey in the bureaucracies responsible for these projects, building on Bloom and...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Evaluating policy reforms to reduce corruption

    This paper exploits quasi-experimental variation in tariffs in southern Africa to estimate trade elasticities. Traded quantities respond only weakly to a 30 percent reduction in the average nominal tariff rate. Trade flow data combined with primary data on firm behavior and bribe payments suggest that corruption is a potential explanation for the observed low elasticities....

    2 May 2019

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    Data: Foreign investors under stress: Evidence at the firm level

    Emerging market policy makers have been concerned about the financial stability implications of financial globalization. These concerns are focused particularly on behavior under stressed conditions. Do tail events in the home country trigger off extreme responses by foreign investors and is there any asymmetry between the responses of foreign investors to very good versus...

    2 May 2019

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    Data: Effects of climate change on low-lying and flood-prone areas: The case of Bangladesh

    Exposure to abnormal floods is believed to have negative short- and long-term consequences for welfare and health in poor countries, and such impacts are likely to grow worse with continued anthropogenic climate change. However, two common proxies for flood exposure, self-reported exposure and rainfall, are problematic. This paper describes a method for constructing...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Democracy and income: A time series analysis with special reference to Africa

    Africa experienced a wave of democratization over the past 20 years and this increase in democracy, we find, positively and significantly affects income per capita. Our dynamic panel data results suggest that countries only slowly converge to their long-run income values as predicted by current democracy levels, however. African countries may therefore be currently too...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: An experimental evaluation of community driven reconstruction in northern Liberia: Follow up data entry and analysis

    Civil war is very common in the developing world, with harmful welfare effects when it occurs. Many fear that the devastation wrought by violent confict destroys social capital, impedes economic development, and leads to the recurrence of violence (Paul Collier et al. 2003). In response, donors are injecting large amounts of aid into post-confict countries. A signifcant...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Dynamics of development: Infrastructure, migration and crowding

    The direct benefits of infrastructure in developing countries can be large, but if new infrastructure induces in-migration, congestion of other local publicly provided goods may o↵set the direct benefits. Using the example of rural household electrification in South Africa, we demonstrate the importance of accounting for migration when evaluating welfare gains of spatial...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Third-party environmental auditing

    In many regulated markets, private, third-party auditors are chosen and paid by the firms that they audit, potentially creating a conflict of interest. This article reports on a two-year field experiment in the Indian state of Gujarat that sought to curb such a conflict by altering the market structure for environmental audits of industrial plants to incentivize accurate...

    1 Mar 2019