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In Conversation with Deepak Nayyar on ‘Resurgent Asia’

by Duncan Green
Deepak Nayyar
Duncan Green: I recently skyped Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to discuss his new book, Resurgent Asia. From Poverty to Power · Deepak Nayyar Podcast You start with an economist called Gunnar Myrdal, who 50 years ago wrote a book saying that Asia was doomed! Myrdal had a European perspective of Asia, with almost no history. For him, Asia began really at the end of the Second World War. But...

Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

by Dev Nathan, Govind Kelkar
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous. Endogenous shocks arise from within the economic system. The Great Recession of 2008 was sparked off by the shock of the financial crisis. This clearly originated from within the economic system. In India, the demonetization of 2016 was a shock caused by an economic policy. Therefore...

The end of poverty postponed?

by Andy Sumner, Chris Hoy, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter. However, far too little attention is being given to the worsening crisis in developing countries where coronavirus is spreading rapidly and governments grapple with the devastating economic consequences of prolonged shutdowns and the collapse of world trade. Three-quarters of new cases detected every day are in developing countries. All of this is likely to trigger immediate and...

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How important are management practices for micro, small, and medium enterprises in Vietnam? July 2020

Given the weight of micro, small, and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) in total employment in Vietnam, and because the long-awaited development process is occurring through productivity gains, there is value in understanding the mechanisms that foster...

Entrepreneurship Informal sector (Economics) Small and medium enterprises
The labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women

With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020, 1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the wors...

COVID-19 Gender inequality Labour force participation
Research Brief
Lessons from the transformations of Asian states July 2020

Over the last 50 years, Asia has emerged as the most important laboratory for understanding the roots of state effectiveness and the consequences of different modes of state action for delivering enhanced wellbeing...

State Democracy Redistribution
The debate around intellectual property rights and the COVID-19 vaccine

The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is by vaccinating against infection. But once the vaccine is developed, how can it be distributed across the world’s population?...

COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights
Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...

COVID-19 Economics shocks
Policy Brief
Designing inclusive public finance policies in developing countries: Five key issues and solutions July 2020

Taxation, and public sector matters more generally, are high on the agenda for the international development community. This is clearly reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

Public economics Public finance International taxation
Research Brief
Pushing for policy innovation: The framing of social protection policies in Tanzania July 2020

Until 2010s, social protection was not high on the political agenda in Tanzania. Yet in 2012, the government approved the implementation of a nationwide conditional cash transfer programme...

Social protection Policy entrpreneurs Political settlements
Double dividends and mixed blessings: What would the pioneers of development economics make of new trends in developing economies?

Today, we see clear trends in developing countries of a potentially troubling ‘new normal’ for economic development. We see tertiarization with rising inequality. We see urbanization without growth...

Structural transformation Economic development
Research Brief
Social protection as a political brand: Example from Malawi July 2020

Social assistance programmes have proliferated across Africa alongside redemocratization — the return of multi-party systems with regular, competitive elections...

Elections Political branding Social protection
In Conversation with Deepak Nayyar on ‘Resurgent Asia’: FP2P Podcast and transcript

Duncan Green: I recently skyped Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to discuss his new book, Resurgent Asia ...

Global poverty: coronavirus could drive it up for the first time since the 1990s

As COVID-19 slows in developed countries, the virus’s spread is speeding up in the developing world . Three-quarters of new cases detected each day are now in developing countries ...

Poverty and the pandemic in the Pacific

COVID-19 has had a far greater economic impact than health impact on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific...

COVID-19 pandemic global poverty
The end of poverty postponed?: Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter...

COVID-19 global poverty global poverty increase
Research Brief
Understanding elite commitment to social protection in Rwanda June 2020

The Rwandan government introduced the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) with donor support in 2008...

Rwanda Social protection Policy transfer
Temporary shock or lasting poverty trap?: COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations are likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependents . Already disadvantaged groups will suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects...

COVID-19 Poverty traps
Being the change you want to see

While growing up, I was troubled by the scale of the socioeconomic gap between the haves and the have-nots in the community around me...

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