Refugees and Non-Zero Risk Choices

Twitter and the world (I guess they are one in the same now days) descended on all sorts of crazy last week when Donald Trump Jr. compared refugees to poisonous Skittles. The Guardian had a good round up of the brouhaha (HT Chris Blattman). Even people whose job isn’t necessarily to make smart political commentary…

Entrepreneurs Who Don’t Aspire to Grow Their Business

In David McKenzie’s most recent Weekly Links, he posted a link to an interview with Erik Hurst, who is an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The interview spanned a wide range of topics including Erik’s work on income inequality, the decline of the US manufacturing industry, college attendance, and (what…

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Myanmar’s Religious Problem What the Red Sox – Yankees Rivalry Can Teach Us About Political Polarization Quote: “I can hate the Yankees, feel wronged that Tom Brady is benched for a few games, and make the absurd claim that I would be very upset if my sons married Yankees fans. In sports, irrational partisan feelings are…

A Quantitative Measure of Hope: A working paper

Over the past year an a half I’ve been working as a Research Assistant with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy – Burma. Housed at Michigan State University, the project is generously funded by USAID’s Bureau of Food Security. It has been a tremendous experience. I’ve traveled to Myanmer twice (see…

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Did economists fail us over Brexit? The Economics That Really Matters blog Recaps a NBER conference on asset accumulation and poverty traps with follow up interviews Can Hillary Clinton’s Faith Help Her Lead a Fractured Nation? Climate Change is Making it Too Hot To Work The inequality crisis is truly global, and while fixes aren’t easy,…

Not Your Father’s Aid Agency – “The Lab” [Part 3]

This is the third, and final, post in a series about my experience working in the Global Development Lab. Read part 1 and part 2 here. This final post will highlight the Lab’s organizational structure and their commitment to collaboration. USAID is, plain and simple, part of a bureaucracy. This is due to a lot of…

Not Your Father’s Aid Agency – “The Lab” [Part 2]

This is the second in a series of posts about my experience at the U.S. Global Development Lab. Read part 1 here. This second post highlights the Lab’s commitment to impact and evidence. I’ve written before that the lack of a reliable and rigorous evidence base is largely to blame for the observation that spending on…