Category Archives: Development thinking

For people who teach de Mel, McKenzie and Woodruff (returns to women micro-entrepreneurs =0!)… a possible important new complication

In a 2009 paper, David McKenzie and coauthors Chris Woodruff and Suresh de Mel find that giving cash grants to male entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka has a positive and significant return, while giving the same to women did not. David … Continue reading

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Gender in China in 2017

An Junxi’s father really wanted a son. “But I was born a girl, so my dad just thought, ‘Well, she’s young, so we’ll just dress her up like a boy,’” Ms. An said, straddling a lounge chair — full manspread … Continue reading

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Five Chinese to be for illegal mining in Ghana

It emerged during the court proceedings that the A-G had filed an affidavit in opposition to the bail application.  It pleaded with the court not to grant bail because the activities of the five Chinese contravened the Minerals and Mining … Continue reading

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Estimates of Missing Women in Twentieth Century China

The sex ratio at birth in China began to deviate from the normal range in the early 1980s, and has continued to rise during the past three decades. Though some optimistic research studies assert that the sex ratio at birth … Continue reading

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The Sex Ratio at Birth for 5,338,853 Deliveries in China from 2012 to 2015: A Facility-Based Study

Seems like exactly the kind of study needed to confirm that the sex ratio is and has been skewed, and the issue was not just an underreporting problem as argued by Shi and Kennedy. There were 2,785,513 boys and 2,549,269 … Continue reading

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Daily dose of Akerlof: The rat race

Somehow he succinctly describes the key insight in one page.  Here is the full paper at jstor.  I vainly searched the web for “Akerlof rat race intuition” and of course there was nothing better, because why bother?  The article marked … Continue reading

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Nice description of textile factory problems in Uganda, from The Economist

Uganda’s main advantages, for the moment, are cheap cotton and labour, and preferential access to American and European markets. When exporting to the rich world “Africa has an 18-35% duty advantage over any other continent”, says Nick Earlham, a shareholder … Continue reading

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