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Sep 22, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
According to a recent study conducted by the OECD on child welfare, US-children rank among the lowest in certain indicators—such as material well-being and educational well-being—despite the fact that the US is one of the highest spenders. In fact, the study generally showed a poor relationship between funding and outcomes.
Sep 15, 2009
As the UN’s climate change conference draws nearer and debate on a possible cap-and-trade scheme in the US begins again, we’ll be seeing a tidal wave of reports on climate change. Almost all of them will be bad news, whether it’s further evidence of rapid change or pessimism about the prospects for concluding a meaningful agreement. But there is plenty of good news to be found.
Sep 07, 2009
The blogosphere has been abuzz this summer with talk about the published results from the first two randomized controlled trials of the impact of micro-credit on poverty. Neither study showed any alleviation of poverty as the result of having access to micro-credit. For a full explanation of the study design and results, I sat down with IPA’s Nathanael Goldberg, Project Director for Microfinance.
Sep 02, 2009
There are a lot of better, and much less expensive, ways to improve education in the developing world than giving a laptop to each child.