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    • Are All Resources Cursed? Coffee, Oil and Armed Conflict in Colombia 

      Dube, Oeindrila; Vargas, Juan F. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2006-12)
      The "Resource Curse" posits a positive association between the value of natural commodities and civil conflict. In this paper, we suggest that the value-to-violence relationship differs across commodities, and that the ...
    • Are Bilateral Remittances Countercyclical? 

      Frankel, Jeffrey (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2009-09)
      By putting together a relatively large data set on bilateral remittances of emigrants, this paper is able to shed light on the important hypothesis of smoothing. The smoothing hypothesis is that remittances are countercyclical ...
    • Are Greener National Accounts Better? 

      Vincent, Jeffrey R. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2001-02)
      “Green accounting” refers to the incorporation of changes in wealth, in particular natural resource wealth, into a country’s national accounts. Despite a large body of theoretical work and considerable promotional efforts ...
    • Are Third World Emigration Forces Abating? 

      Hatton, Timothy J.; Williamson, Jeffrey (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2009-12)
      Two of the most salient trends surrounding the issue of migration and development over the last two decades are the large rise in remittances, and an increased flow of skilled migration. However, recent literature based ...
    • Assessing Ukraine’s Role in European Value Chains: A Gravity Equation-cum-Economic Complexity Analysis Approach 

      Hartog, Matté; López-Córdova, J. Ernesto; Neffke, Frank (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2020-10)
      We analyze Ukraine's opportunities to participate in European value chains, using traditional gravity models, combined with tools from Economic Complexity Analysis to study international trade (exports) and Foreign Direct ...
    • Auctioning Conservation Contracts in Indonesia - Participant Learning in Multiple Trial Rounds 

      Jack, B. Kelsey (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2009-05)
      This paper examines bid adjustments across multiple trial rounds to identify learning by participants in a procurement auction for conservation contracts in Indonesia. Outcomes from previous rounds show an effect on ...
    • The Augmented Solow Model and the African Growth Debate 

      Hoeffler, Anke E. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000-01)
      Using panel data the question whether Africa's growth performance can be accounted for is analyzed in the framework of the augmented Solow model. Our results indicate that this model can account for Africa's low growth ...
    • Autonomous Reform versus Global Isomorphism: Explaining Iran’s Success in Reducing Fertility 

      Khandan, Masoomeh; Pritchett, Lant (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2017-11)
      A long-standing literature in the sociology of organizations (e.g., DiMaggio and Powell 1983) suggests that, as change agents face uncertainty about actions and outcomes, they often seek legitimacy through isomorphism: ...
    • Baja California: Diagnóstico de Crecimiento 

      Barrios, Douglas; Ramos, Johanna; Tapia, Jorge Andres; Grisanti, Ana; Obach, Juan (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2018-09)
      Baja California se ha ubicado consistentemente entre los estados más prósperos de México, pero también entre los de crecimiento más volátil. De hecho, el desempeño económico reciente del estado estuvo marcado por una fuerte ...
    • Baja California: Diagnóstico Industrial 

      Barrios, Douglas; Ramos, Johanna; Tapia, Jorge Andres; Grisanti, Ana (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2018-09)
      En este estudio se consideraron los productos priorizados en el Reporte de Complejidad Económica de Baja California y se procedió a evaluar su potencial a partir de un conjunto de consideraciones de mercado. Luego, se ...
    • Baja California: Insumos para el desarrollo de recomendaciones 

      Barrios, Douglas; Ramos, Johanna; Tapia, Jorge Andres; Grisanti, Ana (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2018-09)
      En primer lugar, en este reporte se realizó una consolidación de los principales hallazgos de las investigaciones previas relativas al estado. En términos generales, se planteó que la entidad destaca por ser una de las más ...
    • Baja California: Reporte de Complejidad Económica 

      Barrios, Douglas; Ramos, Johanna; Tapia, Jorge Andres; Grisanti, Ana; Morales, Jose Ramon (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2018-09)
      En el Diagnóstico de Crecimiento de Baja California se describieron las principales tendencias recientes del desempeño económico del estado. En esta subsección se resumen los principales hallazgos de dicho reporte, a modo ...
    • A Balance-Sheet Approach to Fiscal Sustainability 

      Levy-Yeyati, Eduardo; Sturzenegger, Federico (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2007-10)
      Recent empirical research on emerging markets debt, currency crises and fiscal sustainability has placed a significant focus on the role of currency mismatches with the emphasis placed on the currency composition of explicit ...
    • Being Special: The Rise of Super Clubs in European Football 

      Andrews, Matthew (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2015-01)
      Professional football clubs are ubiquitous in Europe. Every small to medium sized city has one. But most cities do not have an F.C. Barcelona or Bayern Munich or Manchester United. These are among the ‘super clubs’ of ...
    • The Best of Rules and Discretion: A Case for Nominal GDP Targeting in India 

      Bhandari, Pranjul; Frankel, Jeffrey (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2014-07)
      The recent revival of interest in nominal GDP (NGDP) targeting has come in the context of large advanced economies. We argue that the case for NGDP targeting is even more appealing for mid-sized developing countries, because ...
    • Better Knowledge Need Not Affect Behavior: A Randomized Evaluation on the Demand for Lottery Tickets in Rural Thailand 

      Zenker, Juliane; Wagener, Andreas; Vollmer, Sebastian (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2014-04)
      Despite the poor odds, low-income households in rural Thailand spend significant amounts on tickets of the Thai Government Lottery. One explanation might be that, due to lack of information about the properties of the game, ...
    • Beyond Pay-As-You-Go and Full-Capitalization Pension Systems: Why Notional Accounts Are a Suitable Option for Latin America 

      Lora, Eduardo (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2014-04)
      This paper discusses the viability of three alternative pension systems for Latin America: full-capitalization, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and notional account systems. Making use of a set of simulations, the pros and cons of ...
    • The Big Players in the Foreign Exchange Market: Do They Trade on Information or Noise? 

      Wei, Shang-Jin; Kim, Jungshik (1999-03)
      This paper studies whether there exists private information in the foreign exchange market, and whether speculation reduces or exacerbates volatility. It makes use of a recent data set on foreign currency positions by large ...
    • The Big Stuck in State Capability for Policy Implementation 

      Andrews, Matthew; Pritchett, Lant; Woolcock, Michael (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2016-01)
      We divide the 102 historically developing countries (HDCs) into those with ‘very weak’, ‘weak’, ‘middle’, and ‘strong’ state capability. Analyzing the levels and recent growth rates of the HDCs’ capability for policy ...
    • Biofuels and Certification: A Workshop at the Kennedy School of Government, May 11–12, 2009 

      Devereaux, Charan; Lee, Henry (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2009-11)
      On May 11th and 12th, 2009, Harvard Kennedy School’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Sustainability Science Program (SSP) brought over 20 of the world’s leading experts from the fields of science, ...