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New Papers and Presentations across all topics
(inverse chronological order)
How Business is Done and "Doing Business": Measuring the Investment Climate when firms have Climate Control. (with Mary Hallward-Driemeier). Compares the "Doing Business" and "Enterprise Survey" results for three of the same indicators across countries, finding massive within-country, across firm variance in time taken for regulatory compliance (and little connection with the Doing Business rankings).
Capability Traps: Techniques of Persistent Development Failure. (with Michael Woolcock and Matt Andrews). Background paper for the 2011 World Development Report on Development, Conflict and Fragile States. A set of graphs showing scenarios of improvement in "state capability" is on the 'remaking governance' page.
Fragile States: Stuck in a Capability Trap? (with Frauke de Weijer). Background paper for the 2011 World Developmetn Report.
How Good are Good Transitions? Indonesia after Suharto, For Instance Paper prepared for the 2010 Indonesia Update at Australia National University (9/24/2010). And presentation.
Rethinking Inequality: Dalits in Uttar Pradesh in the Market Reform Era (with Devesh Kapur, Chandrabhan Prasad and Shyam Babu). Paper examines how life has changed for the lowest caste (Dalits) in Uttar Pradesh over the last 20 years. The new survey results show massive erosion of negative caste practices and behaviors. (published in the Economic and Political Weekly). Featured in the Financial Express Aug 15 2010). Additional figures to this paper available on the India page.
Deals versus Rules: Policy Implementation Uncertainty and Why Firms Hate It. (with Mary Hallward-Driemeier and Gita Khun-Jush). NBER working paper 16001. This papers uses enterprise survey data to show the divergence between "de jure" and "de factor" policy created by weak implementation creates uncertainty with inhibits firm growth. Featured on VOX EU July 23 2010).
Goldilocks Globalizations: Soft Solutions to a Hard Problem. This paper, written together with Gonzalo Fanjul, is a draft that has been submitted to the new Journal of Global Policy. (This version updated June 2010).
Income, Women's Education, Shifts, and What Else? (wiith Martina Viarengo). Uses long-run historical data to examine the cross national relationship between life expectancy and other variables, demonstrating the stability of the relationship between life expectancy and GDP per capita, over time and across countries. Background paper for the Human Development Report 2010.
The Problem with Paper Tigers: Development Lessons from the Financial Crisis of 2008. This is a paper based on remarks at a conference "New Ideas in Development After the Financial Crisis" on April 22/23 2009 and is forthcoming in a book edited by Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama.
The Illusion of Equality: The Educational Consequences of Blinding Weak States. (June 1, 2009). (with Martina Viarengo). Compares the variability of the distribution of school specific learning acheivement across public and private schools to see if public sector control produces more or less uniformity in school quality.
The Cliff at the Border. This paper has just been published as chapter in the volume: Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World edited by Michael Spence and Ravi Kanbur. The paper focuses the equity and justice issues around the constraints on labor mobility, in particular the question of why some many other aspects of globalization whose total human well-being consequences are trivial compared to labor mobility get so much more attention.
The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers across the US Border. This is a revised version (January 2009) that is now available as both a Center for Global Development and a Kennedy School of Government working paper.
Implementing Growth Analytics: Motivation, Background, and Implementation. (September 2008). This paper was prepared for a training exercise for DFID and explicates the steps of a growth diagnostic exercise. It should be read in conjunction with Ricardo Hausmann (and co-authors) recent "mindbook" on growth diagnostics. This emphasises that "growth diagnostics" is more than just the empirical exercise of the diagnostics tree of the Hausman, Rodrik, Velasco paper but has preceding steps (identifying the "growth state" and desired transition) and following steps (an "implementation diagnsotic").
What is "policy" and what can be done about it? (Presentation given at LEP seminar series, Center for International Development, HKS, Sept. 13, 2010).
Why is the World Such that my Snow Blower is so Cool? (presentation given at 3rd Migration and Development Conference, Paris France, Sept. 11 2010).