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    • 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, ...
    • Biofuels and Sustainable Development 

      Lee, Henry; Clark, William; Devereaux, Charan (2008)
      The goals and concerns surrounding the debate over government policies related to the greater use and production of biofuels were addressed in an executive session convened by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at ...
    • The Birth and Growth of New Export Clusters: Which Mechanisms Drive Diversification? 

      Bahar, Dany; Stein, Ernesto; Wagner, Rodrigo; Rosenow, Samuel (2017-09)
      Export diversification is associated with economic growth and development. Our paper explores competing mechanisms that mediate the emergence and growth of export products based on their economic relatedness to pre-existing ...
    • Border, Border, Wide and Far, How We Wonder What You Are 

      Parsley, David C.; Wei, Shang-Jin (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-09)
      This paper exploits a three-dimensional panel data set of prices on 27 traded goods, over 88 quarters, across 96 cities in the U.S. and Japan. We present evidence that the distribution of intranational real exchange rates ...
    • Boundary Organizations, Objects and Agents: Linking Knowledge with Action in Agroforestry Watersheds. Report of a Workshop held in Batu, Malang, East Java, Indonesia, 26–29 July 2007 

      McNie, Elizabeth C.; van Noordwijk, Meine; Clark, William; Dickson, Nancy; Sakuntaladewi, Niken; Suyanto; Joshi, Laxman; Leimona, Beria; Hairiah, Kurniatun; Khususiyah, Noviana (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2008-12)
      On July 26-29, 2007, researchers, scholars, and practitioners convened at Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, to share, learn about, and discuss, preliminary findings from a research project conducted by the World ...
    • Bounding the Price Equivalent of Migration Barriers 

      Clemens, Michael; Montenegro, Claudio; Pritchett, Lant (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2016-03)
      Large international differences in the price of labor can be sustained by differences between workers, or by natural and policy barriers to worker mobility. We use migrant selection theory and evidence to place lower bounds ...
    • Bringing Home the Gold? A Review of the Economic Impact of Hosting Mega-Events 

      Barrios, Douglas; Russell, Stuart; Andrews, Matthew (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2016-07)
      There is perhaps no larger sports policy decision than the decision to host or bid to host a mega-event like the FIFA World Cup or the Summer Olympics. Hosts and bidders usually justify their decisions by touting their ...
    • The Building Blocks of Economic Complexity 

      Hidalgo, César A.; Hausmann, Ricardo (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2009-09)
      For Adam Smith, wealth was related to the division of labor. As people and firms specialize in different activities, economic efficiency increases, suggesting that development is associated with an increase in the number ...
    • Building Social Capital Through Microfinance 

      Feigenberg, Benjamin; Field, Erica M.; Pande, Rohini (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2010-10)
      A number of development assistance programs promote community interaction as a means of building social capital. Yet, despite strong theoretical underpinnings, the role of repeat interactions in sustaining cooperation has ...
    • Can Entrepreneurial Activity be Taught? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Central America 

      Klinger, Bailey; Schündeln, Matthias (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2007-12)
      We study the effect of entrepreneurial training on enterprise outcomes, in particular whether business training for (potential) entrepreneurs of small- and medium scale enterprises can lead to an increase in the number of ...
    • Can Foreign Aid Create an Incentive for Good Governance? Evidence from the Millennium Challenge Corporation 

      Johnson, Doug; Zajonc, Tristan (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2006-04)
      The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) awards aid to countries that perform well on a set of independently compiled governance indicators. Proponents of this new form of aid argue that 1) aid will be more effective ...
    • Can Good Products Drive Out Bad? Evidence from Local Markets for (Fake?) Antimalarial Medicine in Uganda 

      Björkman-Nyqvist, Martina; Svensson, Jakob; Yanagizawa-Drott, David (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2012-08)
      Counterfeit and sub-standard antimalarial drugs present a growing threat to public health. This paper investigates the mechanisms that determine the prevalence of fake antimalarial drugs in local markets, their effects, ...
    • Can one retell a Mozambican reform story through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation? 

      Andrews, Matthew (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2014-02)
      Many public sector reforms in developing countries fail to make governments more functional. This is typically because reforms introduce new solutions that do not fit the contexts in which they are being placed. This ...
    • Can Transparency and Accountability Programs Improve Health? Experimental Evidence from Indonesia and Tanzania 

      Arkedis, Jean; Creighton, Jessica; Dixit, Akshay; Fung, Archon; Kosack, Stephen; Levy, Dan; Tolmie, Courtney (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2019-05)
      We assess the impact of a transparency and accountability program designed to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes in Indonesia and Tanzania. Co-designed with local partner organizations to be community-led ...
    • A Capable State in Afghanistan 

      de Weijer, Frauke (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2013-05)
      This paper argues that attempts at state-building in Afghanistan have led to institutions that are not robust. The state institutions and organizations continue to be highly dependent on external resources and technical ...
    • Capital and Labor Mobility and the Size of Sub-national Governments: Evidence from a Panel of Mexican States 

      Cabral Torres, René (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2012-02)
      We examine in this paper the relation between government size and capital and labor openness employing a panel of the 32 Mexican states over the period 1996-2006. Making use of two alternative measures of capital and labor ...