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Development economics is a branch of economics which deals with economic aspects of the development process in low-income countries.

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Dataset including decentralization of infrastructure spending?

Does anyone know if there exists a dataset of many countries (preferably developing countries and preferably with a time series) including the amount of spending on infrastructure by local government ...
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Is it possible that all countries become developed and rich? [duplicate]

In economics, we are taught that, or needs are infinite and resources are fixed. And each needs and resources have some associated value.. At global level, we know, there are some rich as well as some ...
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Under what conditions should I use a Social Accounting Matrix Model vs. Multimarket Model vs Computable General Equilibrium Models?

What are the differences between the SAM, multimarket and CGE models. When should I use one over the others?
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How can I model the impacts of improved agriculture technologies and food aid in a multimarket model?

Given a multimarket model for staple agricultural commodities wheat, rice, maize and sorghum, in a low-income economy, Im trying to figure out how I can use the multimarket framework to look at the ...
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what can be the proxy variable for measure of product innovation?

My objective is to prove that international trade leads human capital formation which leads to economic growth. I am regressing GDP on multiple variables among which Human capital is one. According to ...
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The Household Production Function

I was wondering whether someone can explain the household production function. Specifically, the variant presented in Patanayak et al 2005. The paper uses the HPF to determine household willingness to ...
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In simple terms, what does the bank liquid reserves to bank assets ratio indicate in terms of world development?

From this website: https://www.indexmundi.com/facts/indicators/FD.RES.LIQU.AS.ZS I am very new to economics/finance and I would appreciate an easier-to-understand explanation of this term
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Emergence of notion “primitive business” in the era of Industry 4.0 and globalization

It has always been the conventional wisdom that businesses should be fit to survive in the market competition, that only the best businesses can survive beyond horizon of several years, that survival ...
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Can I draw a smaller sample from one treatment group?

in an RCT, I have 3 different treatment groups and one control group. The size of the control group is around 1000 while the size of other groups are just above 300. To test balance I used ANOVA and ...
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Finding an economic policy that worked in a developed country but failed in a developing one

As the term paper of development economics in BSc, I am assigned this topic but I have no idea where to begin with. Of course I can’t look up every economic policy that was ever made then check ...
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Does brain drain really affect a nation's growth trajectory?

Take India as an example. India has been losing most of its bright minds to the west. India also ranks low in development. I would like to get a definitive answer to this cause-effect type question. ...
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why doesn't every country scale up the prices to the international level?

I live in an Asian country in which the average monthly salary is maybe 300-400 dollars but things (apart from exported goods like laptops or smartphones) are reasonably cheap compared to their price ...
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What does it mean when marginal profit is the same due to the “competitive principle”?

I am reading "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor" by W.A. Lewis and he states that Though the capitalised sector can be subdivided into islands, it remains a single sector ...
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Deaton's AIDS/QAIDS model [closed]

Im new to economics and want to understand the AIDS/QAIDs model of Angus Deaton. Can anyone suggest possible readings for the same as a background knowledge??
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Panel econometrics for marketing mix analysis: how to include spending that affects all the individuals of a panel?

Dear stack exchangers, in the course of an internship at a microfinance bank in Tajikistan, I have been tasked with assessing the efficiency of different marketing expenses. I will try to expose the ...
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When can we expect China to become a developed country?

China has the 2nd largest GDP in the world and also has a high GDP growth rate. According to Richard Lynn's IQ and Global Inequality, the Chinese have a mean IQ of 105, which is one of the highest in ...
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Which Gini is more reliable, CIA or World Bank?

I would like to ask you a super-basic question. I need to use Gini coefficient as moderator to examine well-being, resilience and other variables in Immigrants. Which Gini index is more reliable or ...
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What is the fundamental problem with Pakistan's economy?

Why is Pakistan repeatedly defaulting? 2008 - Pakistan seeks USD9 billion IMF bailout to avert crisis 2013 - Saudi Arabia come to Pakistan’s Rescue with USD15 Billion Energy Bailout Deal 2014 - ...
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Why are countries in the Gulf rich but lagging in technological innovation?

Countries in the gulf are oil rich. But they are lagging in R&D sector. Governments do not spend much on R&D. Most countries employ foreign contractors or import technologies. What is the ...
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When countries industrialise, why do jobs from agriculture shift to manufacturing?

This is a historical trend whether it may 18th century Britain or 19th century America or what's currently happening in China. What I am confused is by the fact that manufacturing jobs such as ...
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Which measures are there to evaluate a country economical development? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with the measures of Gross domestic product (GDP PPP) total, per capita and GDP nominal total and per capita. But I'm not sure if these measures evaluate the economical development of a ...
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Developmental studies and industrial policy for the highly developed countries - research trends?

Developmental studies usually is field of reasearch whose object is developing countries and industrial policy studies similarly are attributed to the developing countries or the things of the past. ...
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What is the danger of (China's) investment-led growth as opposed to consumption-led growth?

I keep reading that China must switch to consumption-led growth or productivity-led growth, that investment-led growth is 'dangerous.' I understand that it is probably not sustainable in the sense ...
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Is the capital-output ratio in developing countries low or high?

For a developing economy, I've seen sources claiming that the capital-output ratio (more commonly known as ICOR) is high (e.g. here and here), while other sources claiming that it's low, like below (...
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When and why women left the labour market?

It is well documented that women in now developed countries entered the labour market all thoughout the 20th century. As such, female labour participation have consistently increased. For example, ...
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Is there proof that today more than 50% of the lowest income society lives worse than 50 years ago

The Economist on 12.11.2016 number (first number after getting US election results) wrote: "In real terms median male earnings are still lower than they were in the 1970s. In the past 50 years, ...
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The underlying force for creating specialized areas in the cities of developing economies

Big cities in developing countries often have streets or quarters that specialize in selling a particular type of good like: books, musical instruments; or giving a specialized service like: haircuts, ...
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Are real wages a good measure of economic progress?

Why do we tend to use Real GDP Per Capita instead of the real wage? What is the issue of using the real wage instead?
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Economics of grid extension versus off-grid electrification in developing countries

Quite a bit of research is available on the local economic effects of electrification in communities in developing countries (this article and its references go into quite a bit of detail on the topic)...
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How can a citizen contribute to get his country out of the poverty trap?

I am from Madagascar. We are in what is called a "povery trap". Building a business is very difficult because the population is agglomerating in the capital and the competition is very high. Moreover, ...
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In the discussion about why and how countries develop or industrialize, is there a debate about “related” or “linked” industries?

There is a fairly recent literature about "networks" (Barabasi, “Linked” 2003, Basic Books; Hausmann et al. “The Atlas of Economic Complexity 2014, MIT Press) that emphasize that some industries are ...
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What separates “rich” developing nations from “poor” developed nations?

What separates relatively high income developing nations, such as Argentina, from relatively low income developed nations, such as Portugal? If you look at things like HDI numbers, Argentina and ...
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Eric Reinert's conspiracy theory?

After read Eric Reinert's "How Rich Countries Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor", I've got the question: Reinert theory is: Rich West countries are investing to advanced branches at ...
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Delaying wages in response to slack?

I'm reading a book about the economic development of South Korea during the 'miracle' period. One of the points the author makes is the following: A major source of industrial disputes was ...
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Career-question: Fields that combine Development Econ with Finance?

I am studying economics, and am mainly fascinated by development economics and finance. What are some common career paths that involve the combination of these topics, and what subtopics can one study ...
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Reference request: Development economics

I am looking for some good books on Development economics. My background is in mathemathics and statistics (with working knowledge of intermediate micro and macro), so a "good" book needs to be ...
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Is there any evidence on the effect of China's investment in African countries on their economic development?

Apparently, China made substancial investments in infrastructure and commodity extraction in several African countries over the last couple of decades. Is there some econometrically sound evidence of ...
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Regarding different areas of specialisation in development economics in relation to their application for the betterment of real world

Developing economies need to put in lot of hard work in order to reach the level of developed economies of the world.Or to put it in other words,in order to improve the lives of the millions residing ...
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What obstacles/economic barriers do stock exchanges face in developing countries?

My friend is doing research on cyber security in stock exchanges, and she noticed that the stock exchanges in developing countries aren't as popular or well put together as stock exchanges in ...
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GNI versus GNP for Measuring Development

In the calculation of the Human Development Index, Gross National Income (GNI) is used rather than GNP. I've searched around on the internet, but I haven't found a clear explanation of what the ...
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Is the development of “developing countries” evidence against the idea that former colonial powers owe their headway to exploitation?

There is a recurring narrative (especially but not exclusively in left-leaning circles) that today's "developed nations", particularly Western former colonial powers, owe much of their wealth and ...
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Theories relevant to institutional quality and economic development [closed]

I want to write a term paper on institutional quality and economic development. What will be its possible theoretical framework?
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How to measure quality of education across countries?

For my research, I need a measure of the quality of education that I could apply to multiple countries. It must include quality of tertiary education. Standard measures like HDI Education Index are ...
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What Math is used in Development Economics?

I would like to ask what kind of math is used in Development Economics? I have one more semester in my Master of Math programme before hopefully entering a PhD in Economics and am considering ...
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Group contamination in Regression Discontinuity

I'm an undergraduate student I have an empirical question regarding Regression Discontinuity and Diff-in-Diff methods. I'm currently evaluating the impact on fertility of a Conditional Cash Transfer ...
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How much would it take to end global extreme poverty?

E.g., according to this page, Jeffrey Sachs estimated that it would take $175bn/year for 20 years to do so. What are some other estimates?
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What do we know about the causes of global income inequality?

According to the IMF, the GDP per capita in the USA is about \$57,000 per year. In many central African countries the figure is more like \$500 or less. These examples are indicative of the incredibly ...
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Economic Overview of Pacific Island Nations

What are the key drivers of growth for these small pacific island nations? I would expect tourism and natural resources to be pretty central to these economies. Is there anything else? What are the ...
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Moral and economic development paradox?

I have often listen to the old man who criticized the lack of morality in the Chinese people nowadays: "To get more money, break through to the bottom line to get more money!" Is there a ...
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What is aid money for natural disasters spent on?

It's often said that the best thing you can do to help after a natural disaster is to give money. I have a simple question about how and where that money is sent. I imagine often resources can be ...