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International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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ASEAN's Futures

July 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

June 2017

Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Why Japan (Still) Matters for Global Competition

April 2017

Through the 1980s, Japan was significant in global competition largely by shaping global technological trajectories, transforming major global industries, and contributing to fundamental...

Unpacking Teacher Professional Development

April 2017

Abstract: Despite massive investments in teacher professional development (PD) programs in developing countries, there is little evidence on their effectiveness.

ASEAN between China and America: Is It Time to Try Horsing the Cow?

February 2017

Admirers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are impressed with the fact that it continues to exist and that an outright war has never broken out between its members.

Absolute versus Comparative Advantage: Consequences for Gender Gaps in STEM and College Access

February 2017

ABSTRACT We examine the impact of the competitive “STEM track choice”—a defining institutional feature of a number of national education systems—on gender gaps in STEM majors and college access....

The Gender Gap in Math Performance, Self-Concept, and Anxiety: Rural and Urban China in an International Context

February 2017

Abstract: Evidence from developed countries shows that there is a significant gender gap in STEM occupations. Girls may begin to underperform in math early as primary school.

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China

February 2017

Abstract:There is a significant gap in academic achievement between rural and urban students in China.

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

January 2017

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality?...

Aid as Transnational Social Capital: Korea's Official Development Assistance in Higher Education

December 2016

In this paper, we explore a new framework for higher education official development assistance (ODA) with a focus on the transnational bridging benefits of social capital.

The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

November 2016

Over the last two decades global production of soybean and palm oil seeds have increased enormously.

Parental Attitudes, Behavior and Developmental Delays in Children Aged 18-30 Months: Evidence from Rural China

November 2016

Abstract:The first years of life comprise a critical developmental period that has implications for lifelong outcomes.

Rural Chinese Caregiver Attitudes, Parenting Behavior, and Developmental Delays in Children Aged 18-30 Months: Findings from Poor Counties

November 2016

Abstract:The absence of good parenting practices may affect children’s cognitive and motor development.

Can Bureaucrats Really Be Paid like CEOs? School Administrator Incentives for Anemia Reduction in Rural China

November 2016

Abstract:A large literature examines performance pay for managers in the private sector, but little is known about performance pay for managers in public sector bureaucracies.

Ability Tracking and Social Capital in China's Rural Secondary School System

November 2016

Abstract:The goal of this paper is describe and analyze the relationship between ability tracking and student social capital, in the context of poor students in developing countries.

Pay by Design: Teacher Performance Pay Design and the Distribution of Student Achievement

November 2016

Abstract:We present results of a randomized trial testing alternative approaches of mapping student achievement into rewards for teachers.

Who are China's Rural Clinicians?

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to measure the turnover (or stability in employment) of village clinicians in rural China over the past decade.

The New Rural Social Pension Program in Rural China: Participation and its Correlates

October 2016

Abstract:Purpose The need for a universal rural pension system has been heightened by demographic changes in rural China, including the rapid aging of the nation’s rural population and a dramatic...

Adult child migration and elderly parental health in rural China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effect of adult children migration on the health status of elderlyparents.

Impact of Free Glasses and a Teacher Incentive on Children's Use of Eyeglasses: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeTo study the effect of free glasses combined with teacher incentives on in-school glasses wear among Chinese urban migrant children.DesignCluster-randomized controlled trial...

Trends and determinants of rural residential solid waste collection services in China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to describe the trends in residential solid waste collection (RSWC) services in rural China over the past decade and analyze the determinants of these...

Safety of Spectacles for Children's Vision: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeTo study safety of children's glasses in rural China, where fear that glasses harm vision is an important barrier for families and policy makers.DesignExploratory analysis from a...

Teaching to the Tails: Teacher Performance Pay and the Distribution of Student Achievement

October 2016

Abstract:Growing evidence suggests that teachers in developing countries often have weak or misaligned incentives for improving student outcomes.


Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution