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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • The Changing Global Distribution of Malaria: A Review 

      Hamoudi, Amar; Sachs, Jeffrey D. (1999-03)
    • Characteristics and Behavior of African Commodity/Product Markets and Market Institutions and Their Consequences for Economic Growth 

      Jerome, Afeikhena; Ogunkola, Olawale (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000-01)
      This study examines the characteristics and behaviour of key commodity/product markets and market institutions in Africa and their consequences for economic growth. Their contribution to economic growth appears to have ...
    • Characteristics and Behavior of African Factor Markets and Market Institutions and Their Consequences for Economic Growth 

      Adenikinju, Adeola F.; Oyeranti, Olugboyega (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-12)
      This paper provides a detailed characterisation of the structure and behaviour of African factor markets and the institutions that impact on their operations. It shows that the African factor markets are imperfect and ...
    • Climate and Scale in Economic Growth 

      Masters, William A.; McMillan, Margaret S. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000-06)
      This paper introduces new data on climatic conditions to empirical tests of growth theories. We find that, since 1960, temperate countries have converged towards high levels of income while tropical nations have converged ...
    • Climate, Water Navigability, and Economic Development 

      Mellinger, Andrew D.; Sachs, Jeffrey D.; Gallup, John L. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-09)
      Geographic information systems (GIS) data was used on a global scale to examine the relationship between climate (ecozones), water navigability, and economic development in terms of GDP per capita. GDP per capita and the ...
    • Corruption and Composition of Foreign Direct Investment: Firm-Level Evidence 

      Smarzynska, Beata K.; Wei, Shang-Jin (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2001-02)
      This paper studies the impact of corruption in a host country on foreign investor’s preference for a joint venture versus a wholly-owned subsidiary. There is a basic tradeoff in using local partners. On the one hand, ...
    • Currency Crises: Is Central America Different? 

      Esquivel, Gerardo; Larrain, Felipe (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-09)
      In a recent paper we analyzed the determinants of currency crises in a sample of 30 high and middle income countries (Esquivel and Larraín, 1998). In this work we focus on Central America and analyze whether the determinants ...
    • The Decade of Development: Goal Setting and Policy Challenges in India 

      Sachs, Jeffrey D.; Bajpai, Nirupam (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2001-02)
      The Government of India has proclaimed the new decade as a Decade of Development, during which India will meet bold targets for economic growth and social development. At his Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister ...
    • Demographic Change and Economic Growth in Asia 

      Bloom, David; Canning, David; Malaney, Pia N. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-05)
      This paper examines the links between demographic change and economic growth in Asia during 1965-90. We show that the overall rate of population growth had little effect on economic growth, but that changes in life expectancy, ...
    • Determinants of Labor Demand in Colombia: 1976-1996 

      Cárdenas, Mauricio; Bernal, Raquel (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2001-06)
    • The Division of Labor, Investment, and Capital 

      Yang, Xiaokai (1999-03)
      This paper uses a dynamic general equilibrium model based on corner solutions to formalize the classical theory of investment and capital which considers investment to be a vehicle for developing a high level of division ...
    • Division of Labor, Transaction Cost, Emergence of the Firm and Firm Size 

      Liu, Pak-Wai; Yang, Xiaokai (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-04)
      In this paper a general equilibrium model is constructed to explain the emergence of firms and change in firm size by the tradeoff between economies of specialization and transaction cost. We show that firms emerge from ...
    • Does Microcredit Reach the Poor and Vulnerable? Evidence from Northern Bangladesh 

      Amin, Sajeda; Rai, Ashok S.; Topa, Giorgio (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2001-12)
      This paper evaluates whether microcredit programs such as the popular Grameen Bank reach the relatively poor and vulnerable in two Bangladeshi villages. It uses a unique panel dataset with monthly consumption and income ...
    • Does Microcredit Reach the Poor and Vulnerable? Evidence from Northern Bangladesh 

      Amin, Sajeda; Rai, Ashok S.; Topa, Giorgio (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 1999-10)
      Subsidized loans have a history of being diverted to the rich. Yet recently microcredit programs, such as the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, have become popular among donors and governments as a way to channel funds to the ...