Topic: General

Low-fee private schooling: what do we really know? Prachi Srivastava responds to The Economist

Prachi Srivastava is one of the experts on ‘low-fee private schooling’ who was interviewed for last week’s remarkably one sided Economist Paean to the Private (my words not hers). She wants to set the record straight. I have been researching low-fee private schooling for nearly a decade and a half. In fact, the term did […]

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Links I Liked

Well, the blog makeover has been met with a fine blend of approval and indifference – heart-warming stuff. The world is getting a lot better in lots of ways, and Max Roser has a graph for all of them The US is getting a bit of a pasting from assorted economists: Jo Stiglitz thinks it’s on the […]

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Like the new format? Got any comments/suggestions for improvements? Please feed back in comments or vote (over there on the right) so we can try and deal with any glitches On with the show: 79 nations have never had a woman leader, including most of Africa and the US (tho that could change…..) Latin America, […]

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The blog’s just had a makeover – what do you think?

Our wonderful new webmaster has redesigned the blog to make it more mobile-friendly, provide a better range of reading etc. Hopefully it will also sort out ongoing problems with people not receiving the email alerts they’ve signed up for. So please could you take the following highly sophisticated poll, and send any thoughts, and use […]

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Sciences v Humanities….. Unpacking last week’s global soft power index (Britain and Germany top, Mexico and China bottom). Some particularly tasty wonkwars last week – must be the summer heat: Deworming: No need to read all the exchanges, because Chris Blattman has spoken. Twice (initial discussion and then very sensible conclusions after a day of […]

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Hi folks, back from hols, and raring to go. Here’s some top links from last week What people around the world see as the top international threat [h/t Conrad Hackett] ‘Compassion & paternalism could mean helping only 1 million people out of poverty instead of 3 million’. Chris Blattman looks at the evidence on impact […]

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No Links I Liked today, back next week

By the time you read this, I will already have been on holiday for a few days. Back next week. Here’s me on the beach.

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Gotta start with the Greek meltdown, I guess: Whadya mean, ‘the Troika (EU, ECB, IMF) doesn’t understand the Greek economy’? (see right) [h/t Felix Salmon] As for the rest of us: Branko Milanovic draws three depressing lessons from the Greek debt negotiations (he’s not joking; they are depressing) [h/t Sophia Murphy] And let’s not forget […]

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It was a maptastic week (click maps to expand): First up, the number one reason people die early, by country (plus a top tweeted response from RJ Chilvers: ‘surprise is Saudi Arabia’s leading cause is road accidents. I think they need more women drivers…’)   Dear governments & aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people […]

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All male panels, the India version. Some good advice to organizers here on handling language, questions, roles etc  What’s the origin of the ICC’s Africa problem (since 2002, all 36 warrants have been for Africans)? ‘All you need is a big heart and access to the internet’. Great takedown of the DWSC (digital white saviour complex) […]

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Wow, more new US immigrants now come from China & India than from Mexico. (Less push, less pull, higher walls, apparently) Brilliant from Amartya Sen: The economic consequences of austerity. Updating Keynes on the UK election & irrational/ahistorical fear of debt Exemplary synthesizing from David Evans. 50 papers from a recent World Bank conference on […]

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First rule for learner drivers: don’t pull out in front of tanks. [h/t Francisco Toro]  Must read. Is that the sound of another tech hype bubble popping? Tom Carothers asks why the tech surge hasn’t had more impact on democracy ‘Why humanitarianism doesn’t get religion…and why it needs to’. Includes excellent discussion of the ‘totem of […]

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