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Hear about the cutting edge of development economics from research to practice. Each week Tim Phillips interviews experts who provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges.

Hear about the cutting edge of development economics from research to practice. Each week Tim Phillips interviews experts who provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges.
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Hear about the cutting edge of development economics from research to practice. Each week Tim Phillips interviews experts who provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges.

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Episodes

26: The changing face of development: Backlash against globalisation

6/25/2019
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On our two year anniversary we asked a few experts to reflect over the last two years of development economics and discuss what they think have been the most important challenges and new evidence. In this VoxDev Talk, Penny Goldberg, World Bank Chief Economist, highlights the trend of becoming more inward looking, and the emergence of new and compelling evidence on how mobile people are when hit by economic shocks. Editor’s Note: This is part of our 2 year VoxDev anniversary series

Duration:00:15:06

25: The changing face of development: The elite capture of democracy

6/25/2019
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On our two year anniversary we asked a few experts to reflect over the last two years of development economics and discuss what they think have been the most important challenges and new evidence. In this VoxDev Talk, Daron Acemoglu, MIT, highlights the slide of democratic and broadly inclusive institutions. Editor’s Note: This is part of our 2 year VoxDev anniversary series

Duration:00:20:35

24: The changing face of development: The gap between macroeconomic policy and research

6/25/2019
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On our two year anniversary we asked a few experts to reflect over the last two years of development economics and discuss what they think have been the most important challenges and new evidence. In this VoxDev Talk, Bill Easterly, Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, discusses the backlash against globalisation, and the importance and challenge of conducting research on macroeconomic policies. Editor’s Note: This is part of our 2 year VoxDev anniversary series

Duration:00:12:29

23: Ending global poverty: Why money is not enough

6/7/2019
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How can we combat the increasing trend that extreme poverty is not only confined to low-income countries, but also to middle-income ones?

Duration:00:18:09

22: Power to the people: The impact of political report cards in India

5/22/2019
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Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, MIT, talks to Tim Phillips about the run-up to 2011 elections in Delhi, India, where residents in a random sample of slums received newspapers containing report cards on politicians. The information was obtained under India’s disclosure laws. The cards presented information on the performance of the incumbent and the qualifications of the two main challengers. Treatment slums saw higher turnout, reduced vote buying, and...

Duration:00:14:08

21: Where are the Indian female politicians?

5/17/2019
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Evidence shows that when more women are elected, it changes broader development outcomes due to their differing priorities. Yet women are almost unrepresented in parliaments around the world. In this interview, Lakshmi Iyer reveals to Tim Phillips that in India the challenge is that a woman winning a Parliamentary candidacy election does not see an increase in female candidates in the following election. This is likely due to underlying gender biases in society which even female quotas are...

Duration:00:18:05

20: Technology transfer and the rise of China

5/8/2019
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Who wins and losses in the technology trade war? John van Reenen (MIT) explains to Tim Phillips why technology transfer in a globalised world isn’t a zero sum game. Resistance to technology transfer has escalated as the competitive power of China has increased. That being said, China’s growth has benefited the West: It offers a huge market for goods and services, while competition has spurred innovation and stimulated investment. What’s more, trade tariffs will inhibit growth and waste...

Duration:00:12:24

19: Why studies should be conducted on a larger scale

10/16/2018
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Karthik Muralidharan and Paul Niehaus of University of California, San Diego, argue that when we test things at a small scale, they might not be predictive of how they perform at a larger scale. Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/methods-measurement/why-studies-should-be-conducted-larger-scale)

Duration:00:23:19

19: Breaking gender-barriers: How women are becoming managers

10/16/2018
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How do we get more women in senior positions? Chris Woodruff shares insights from the Bangladeshi garment industry. Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/firms-trade/breaking-gender-barriers-how-women-are-becoming-managers)

Duration:00:19:16

18: Evidence to practice: Time to bridge the gap

10/16/2018
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VoxDev's own Editor-in-Chief, Tavneet Suri, drawing insights from her work at J-PAL and VoxDev, emphasises the importance of researchers deeply engaging with, as well effectively communicating the findings of the vast body of existing research to, policymakers. Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/methods-measurement/evidence-practice-time-bridge-gap)

Duration:00:01:35

17: Evidence to practice: Reforming private healthcare in India

10/16/2018
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Using the example of healthcare in India, Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, CDC, discusses how data plays a crucial role in making sure investments are put to their best use. Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/health-education/evidence-practice-reforming-private-healthcare-india)

Duration:00:01:37

16: Achieving inclusive growth in Asia

10/16/2018
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Yasuyuki Sawada, ADB’s Chief Economist, provides insight into Asia’s development and overcoming the middle-income trap. Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/macroeconomics-growth/achieving-inclusive-growth-asia)

Duration:00:16:54

15: Evidence to practice: Unintended consequences in the absence of data

10/16/2018
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Rodger Voorhies, Executive Director of Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares a first-hand account of the importance of empirical analysis for development practitioners Find out more at [VoxDev.org](https://voxdev.org/topic/finance/evidence-practice-unintended-consequences-absence-data)

Duration:00:04:15

14: Is aid effective?

9/8/2018
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Development aid by its very nature is provided in messy environments, is often very political and has inherent negative incentives. In such situations, often exacerbated by limited data and imminent deadlines, can we improve how we provide aid? In this interview, **Stefan Dercon**, discusses the various aspects of aid effectives; the importance of cost-benefit analyses, feedback loops, prioritising the engines of inclusive growth, theories of change, and planning for humanitarian aid. Find...

Duration:00:26:26

13: Ideas for development

9/8/2018
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In this interview, **Robin Burgess** discusses three ideas to foster socioeconomic development. First, he discusses how important the quality of civil servants is to development, and his work studying the Indian civil service to identify the key motivators that lead to effective policy implementation. Second, he delves into the causes of poverty. His research in India has shown that contrary to a common school of thought, it is not inherent unproductivity but lack of opportunity that traps...

Duration:00:14:08

12: Achieving meaningful impact through aid

9/8/2018
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**Rachel Glennerster** discusses her role at DFID, her work on promoting electoral debates in Sierra Leone, the importance of strengthening local institutions, and the challenges of measuring the success of aid programmes. She emphasises the need for aid to involve local partners and focus on addressing pressing needs, rather than being paternalistic.

Duration:00:14:16

11: Tackling food insecurity

9/8/2018
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We lose about 5% of global GDP due to hunger related diseases, and the situation is getting worse with the number of people living in food insecurity increasing. Yet one-third of all food produced is wasted. **Arif Husain**, Chief Economist at the World Food Programme, discusses a plethora of issues relating to food insecurity; ranging from the main causes - climate shocks and conflict, to the problem of food wastage, to potential policy solutions. He stresses the importance of sustained...

Duration:00:19:02

9: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

9/8/2018
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The sustainable development goals have ushered in a new development paradigm. In this interview, **Elliott Harris** discusses the vision behind the creation of the SDGs and how it differs from that of the MDGs. He stresses the need for sustainable and green development, and engagement with the private sector, which has already begun taking sustainability seriously. He further discusses the challenges of translating goals into policy, financing the goals, measuring progress, dealing with the...

Duration:00:21:30

8: The effects of pay inequality

9/8/2018
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The idea that worker utility is affected by co-worker wages has potentially broad labour market implications. In a month-long experiment with Indian manufacturing workers, in her work with Emily Breza and Yogita Shamdasani ([Breza et al. 2017](https://academic.oup.com/qje/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/qje/qjx041/4430649?redirectedFrom=fulltext)) Supreet Kaur establishes the effects of pay inequality on co-workers within production units. They find that pay inequality reduces output,...

Duration:00:03:35

7: What is holding firms back?

9/8/2018
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Chris Woodruff discusses the role management practices play in firm growth. Further, he explores different mechanisms for improving firm management in varying contexts across developing countries. This [VoxDev Talk](https://voxdev.org/topic/firms-trade/what-holding-firms-back-0) is taken from a video that first appeared on [the IGC's](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6bzeRAvKYo) website.

Duration:00:03:00