Merry Christmas!

Via the Development Research Institute at New York University, “Happy Holidays to Ordinary People”: Cyrenius, the governor of Syria, was excited about the new regional development plan he had prepared for the area covering Syria, Galilee, and Judea. Cyrenius had already ascended rapidly through the Roman bureaucracy, but he expected this new program meeting the Roman…

The Economics of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

That’s an okay explanation, but I think there is an even more profound lesson about economics woven into this classic movie. It’s a topic I interact with regularly and one that is often misunderstood. In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” George Bailey gets the outrageous opportunity to see what the world would be like…

Links I Like [11.15]

Women’s Progress Outdid China’s One Child Policy (or Amartya Sen on what makes social changes change) Moving Beyond Microcredit “How can I avoid becoming cynical about aid work?” Saving the World, Startup Style What’s a Christian development economist good for anyway? The Economics of Syrian Refugees Washington’s Wave of Anti-Refugee Hysteria is Missing Something: Facts

7 Thoughts On Syrian Refugees

Last year I paid my graduate school bills researching refugee resettlement in the United States. Back then, when I told people my research topic they usually responded, “Oh, interesting!” And refrained from asking any follow up questions. That’s all different now. Blog posts I’ve written months ago on the topic of refugee resettlement without much…

Links I Like [10.15]

[VIDEO] ‘Worm Wars’ for dummies Why we need data on what the poorest actually think A reminder for those thinking about poverty traps Profits vs. Love [VIDEO] How to feel good about poverty…. Open your history books and rip out all the pages Why Angus Deaton Deserved the Economics Nobel Prize [VIDEO] Ezra Klein talks about popularizing…

The thing about guns

This is one of those blog posts that get me into trouble. It’s one of those posts that (probably) blend in with all the other junk that is out there on the web about opinions and politics and on and on and on. I probably shouldn’t add to the noise, but I’m writing a MS…