Category Archives: MIPP
A new paper by Besley and Persson illuminating the relationship between development and patterns of taxation. A quick summary from the conclusion of the paper: “As a state moves from collecting a low level of public revenue of around 10% … Continue reading
Possibly of interest to students in both micro theory (insurance) and the MIPP program (food security), this short brief from IFPRI looks at the effects of micro-insurance in Ethiopia.
Recent evidence from Derek Headey at IFPRI on the impact of the food price crisis using self-reported levels of food-insecurity. Abstract We provide the first large-scale survey-based evidence on the impact of the global food crisis of 2007–08 using an … Continue reading
Tomorrow in the International Policy class, we are focused on food policy issues – so the column by the Director-General of the FAO today in Project Syndicate is very topical. The key point is that “The Council of the United … Continue reading
Optimistic as usual, Jeffrey Sachs on the need for sustainable development – a new article at Project Syndicate.
A new paper exploring the link between aid and governance, by Arinow, Carnegie and Marinov. abstract Does foreign aid promote good governance in recipient countries? We help arbitrate the debate over this question by leveraging a novel source of exogeneity: … Continue reading
We often worry about international barriers to trade and their effect on food security – with a focus on developed country policy. What are the effects of regional policy within the developing world? Africa can help feed Africa: Removing barriers … Continue reading
A new paper by Rohner, Thoenig and Zilibotti with results that are probably not surprising – conflict reduces generalized trust, and increases the relevance that people place in ethnic identity. Abstract We study the effect of civil conflict on social … Continue reading
Inequality is usually very persistent – places with high inequality now will almost surely be very unequal in the future. The reasons for this are uncertain – is it power structures, technology, fundamental economic structures, etc. A new paper by … Continue reading
Nicolas van de Walle looking at the role of foreign aid in preventing conflict in Mali. Abstract Mali long seemed a model, low-income democracy. Yet, in a few short weeks in early 2012, more than half of the territory came … Continue reading