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    • Achieving Export-Led Growth in Colombia 

      Hausmann, Ricardo; Klinger, Bailey (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2008-09)
      The purpose of this paper is to analyze Colombia’s experiences with and opportunities for export led growth. We first review Colombia’s growth and export performance over the past 30 years and find that the country is ...
    • Advance Market Commitments for Vaccines Against Neglected Diseases: Estimating Costs and Effectiveness 

      Berndt, Ernst R.; Glennerster, Rachel; Kremer, Michael; Jean, Lee; Levine, Ruth; Weizsäcker, Georg; Williams, Heidi (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2006-07)
      The G8 is considering committing to purchase vaccines against diseases concentrated in low-income countries (if and when desirable vaccines are developed) as a way to spur research and development on vaccines for these ...
    • African Land Ecology: Opportunities and Constraints for Agricultural Development 

      Voortman, R.L.; Sonneveld, B.G.J.S.; Keyzer, M.A. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000-01)
      Current agriculture in Sub-Sahara Africa is undeveloped and the Green Revolution has left the continent largely untouched. Poor performance is often related to a number of socio-economic factors. In this paper we argue ...
    • Africa’s Growth Trap: A Political-Economy Model of Taxation, R&D and Investment 

      McMillan, Margaret S.; Masters, William A. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000-06)
      Why do so many African governments consistently impose high tax rates and make little investment in productive public goods, when alternative policies could yield greater tax revenues and higher national income? We posit ...
    • Analysis of Tourism-Related Foreign Expenditure with International Spend Data 

      Coscia, Michele; Hausmann, Ricardo; Neffke, Frank (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2016-11)
      Tourism is one of the most important economic activities in the world: for many countries it represents the single largest product in their export basket. However, it is a product difficult to chart: "exporters" of tourism ...
    • Appraising the Economic Potential of Panama: Policy Recommendations for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth 

      Hausmann, Ricardo; Santos, Miguel Angel; Obach, Juan (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2017-05)
      This report aims to summarize the main findings of the project as gathered by the three baseline documents, and frame them within a coherent set of policy recommendations that can help Panama to maintain their growth ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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: ...
    • 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, ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...