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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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Does development aid, negatively effect the development of developing countries?

Development aid Development aid or development cooperation (also development assistance, technical assistance, international aid, overseas aid, official development assistance (ODA), or foreign aid) ...
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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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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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How can qatar afford 220 billion dollar world cup?

Qatar's gdp is just 146 billion dollar . But the cost to organize world cup 2022 is projected to be 220 billion dollars. It's just impossible to imagine for me. I don't think qatar gets imf bailout or ...
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Career prospects as development economist

I'm studying economics and I'm finding myself more and more wanting to specialize in development economics. However, I'm feeling uncertain about the job prospects in this regard. Are there any career ...
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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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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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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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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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Equation for pure wage contracts in the land market

I am reading "Development Economics" by Debraj Ray. I need to understand the different kinds of contracts in the land market. Chapter 12.3.1 explains the contract forms. The general equation ...
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Can I use difference in difference if some households in treatment group become part of control group?

I have data on households which can be eligible for a conditional cash transfer (CCT) if household income is below a threshold. The CCT is introduced in year t for eg. Now some households which have ...
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How to Measure foreign Aid dependency

I am writing a paper regarding foreign aid dependency, and I would like to classify countries as being aid dependent or independent. Is there any criteria in the literature that can be used to ...
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Data on labour productivity in India

I am trying to find historical data at the district, or ideally at the city-level on labour productivity (by sector, with a special focus on agriculture) or perhaps data on a similar measure?
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Has an industry driven educational conditional cash transfer ever been done?

I've studied the educational conditional cash transfer literature and I know it has been popular amongst development economists. But it seems that underfunded and potentially corrupt bureaucracies of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 cause the capital-output ratio to be low in developing countries?

I'm now studying economic development and I wonder what is the causes of low ICOR in developing countries and high ICOR in advanced countries. Because it's about economic development so I need some ...
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What should policymakers do to increase national savings rate of a developing economy to decrease risk of volatility in ER due to withdrawl of FPIs?

Case in point is a developing country who find it's domestic savings insufficient and in turn depends on Foreign portfolio investment to increase it's productivity, wages and drive it's economic ...
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Knitting empirical results in development economics together

Development Economics, to my knowledge, has become a mostly empirical field, with RCTs and other quasi-experimental techniques yielding a huge body of empirical knowledge about specific policies and ...
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How *do* NGOs, think tanks, and governments weigh income/consumption tradeoffs/transfers at different income levels?

In considering policies and transfers, how do we (economists, NGOs, governments & think tanks) weigh income (consumption) tradeoffs between the poor & the very poor? E.g., 'is giving 100 USD/...
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how can a developing country improve its infrastructure?

Developing countries have poor infrastructure, I know, but how can it increase its quality? Receiving aid is a solution that pops to mind first but are there any other solutions? I know that some ...
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When is the upward economic convergence in the EU estimated to happen?

Although the regional cohesion, i. e. the socio-economical convergence of the East and the West has been one of the EU's main goals, some economists seem to dispute there's any evidence for them being ...
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Impact of reducing fertility rate of poor, high birth rate, agricultural country in Africa

In a poor, population-dense country in Africa with an economy based entirely on agriculture (like Burundi) and a high birth rate that is contributing to poverty due to existing food insecurity, what ...
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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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