Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Journal ArticleWhat does it mean to be poor?: Investigating the qualitative-quantitative divide in Mozambique
Motivated by the siloed nature of much poverty research, as well as the challenge of finding inclusive operational definitions of poverty, this study reflects on the merits of seeking to reconcile economic (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitat...Poverty analysis Poverty measurement anthropology
BlogYoung Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in the UK: Does more education mean better futures?
Education is my freedom ... if I have my education, everything is still possible for me in the future. Mohammed grinned, and looked down at his newly acquired university student card...Migration Refugees Youth
Working PaperThe impact of educational achievement on the integration and wellbeing of Afghan refugee youth in the UK
Unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have arrived in Europe over the last decade, and young Afghans account for the highest proportion of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children across the UK...Migration Refugees Youth
BookManufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations...Competition Econometrics Globalization
BookMade in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry
Over the past forty years, industry and business interests have moved increasingly from the developed to the developing world, yet Africa’s share of global manufacturing has fallen from about 3 percent in 1970 to less than 2 percent in 2014...Competition Econometrics Globalization
Journal ArticleReflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsMethodology (Economics) Experimental design Field experiments
Working PaperReflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation
Social scientists are increasingly engaging in experimental research projects of importance for public policy in developing areas...Methodology (Economics) Experimental design Qualitative research
Working PaperTransfers for Extreme Poverty Reduction: Implications for Patron-Client Relationships in the Context of Bangladesh’s Agricultural Reformation
This paper investigates how a development intervention which targets extremely poor households with investment capital influences relationships between those households and the landowning elite...Agriculture Poverty Power (Economics)
Working PaperUnpacking Women’s Health in Public-Private Partnerships: A Return to Instrumentalism in Development Policy and Practice?
There has been a significant increase in funding for health programmes in development over the last two decades, partly due to the formation of public-private partnerships...Health Nonprofit organizations Qualitative research
BlogAn Interview with David Malone
17 October 2013 In this video we interview the Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), David Malone from Canada, who has held both diplomatic and academic research positions, and who locates the UNU within the UN system as being on the interfa...Economic development Qualitative research Quantitative research
Book ChapterGlobalizing Shanghai: International Migration and the Global City
From the book: Urbanization and Development in AsiaEmigration and immigration Labor mobility Migration, Internal
Book ChapterCan Small Firms Innovate? The Case of Clusters of Small Producers in Northern Vietnam
From the book: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic DevelopmentQualitative research Small business Technological innovations
Working PaperGlobalizing Shanghai: International Migration and the Global City
Cities are the focal point for the mobility of talents, located between the nations and firms, states and educational institutions...Emigration and immigration Labor mobility Migration, Internal
Working PaperEthnic Entrepreneurs and Collective Violence: Assessing Spatial Variations in Anti-Chinese Rioting within Jakarta during the May 1998 Riots
The concept of scapegoating is frequently used to explain how opportunistic elites attempt to deflect blame onto vulnerable ethnic minorities, particularly during times of social turmoil...Econometric models Entrepreneurship Ethnic relations
Working PaperIs that Innovation?: Assessing Examples of Revitalized Economic Dynamics among Clusters of Small Producers in Northern Vietnam
This paper addresses the question whether innovation is within reach for small enterprises in developing economies by studying four cases of new technologies, products and business practices in traditional craft in Northern Vietnam...Qualitative research Small business Technological innovations