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International Development

Experts in health, education, governance, energy and social justice collaborate to learn how different levers of action can impact communities.

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Causes of Indonesia’s Forest Fires

New research features a 30,000-village case study of the 2015 fire season on Sumatra and Kalimantan and asks which villages, for a given level of spatial fire risk, are more likely to have fire.
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Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

Experts provide a cutting-edge analytic framework for understanding the decisions that will determine China's trajectory.
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Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, new research documents that immigrants assimilated into U.S. society at similar rates in the past and present.

Featured Scholars

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Lisa Blaydes

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Lisa Blaydes

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science
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Ertharin Cousin

Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
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Ertharin Cousin

Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Affiliated faculty, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
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Prashant Loyalka

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Prashant Loyalka

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education

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Journal Articles

The Application of Ecological Theory Toward an Understanding of the Human Microbiome

Elizabeth Costello, Keaton Stagaman, Les Dethlefsen, Brendan J.M. Bohannan, David Relman
Science, 2012 June 6, 2012
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Policy Briefs

Policy Options for Japan's Revival

Takeo Hoshi, Anil K. Kashyap
National Institute for Research Advancement, 2012 June 1, 2012

This report discusses desirable policy directions and options in the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake. It argues that the importance of Japan’s productivity growth has not been invalidated by the disaster, and suggests that Japan should consider restoration and reconstruction from the earthquake as a great opportunity to reposition its policies.

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Books

大中华区的创新探索

Henry S. Rowen, William F. Miller, Marguerite Gong Hancock
Beijing Publishing House, 2012 June 1, 2012

由中国科学技术发展战略研究院产业所刘军、严军琦等联合翻译的《大中华区的创新探索》于2012年出版。本书由美国斯坦福大学斯坦福区域创新与创业精神研究部(Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship)在2008年组织了来自中国大陆、台湾地区、香港地区、美国、新加坡等多家机构的研究人员,共同编写了Greater China's Quest for Innovation。本书以多个视角观察和分析大中华地区(大中华区指台湾、香港和中国大陆)创新活动的特点,从创新体系、科研院所、跨国研发、科技人才、专利制度、科技园区等角度分专题进行了广泛而深入的探讨,并在一些领域与美国、日本、韩国、印度等国进行了比较。该书列举了大中华地区在科技方面所付出的大量努力,并通过列举相关事实来展示中国科技领域的重要进步和所面临的挑战。

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Policy Briefs

Risk Attitudes Shape National Oil Company Strategies

Mark C. Thurber, David Hults
World Oil, 2012 June 1, 2012
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Books

India 1960-2010: Structural change, the rural non-farm sector, and the prospects for agriculture

Hans Binswanger-Mkhize
Center on Food Security and the Environment, 2012 May 10, 2012

This paper looks at past and likely future agricultural growth and rural poverty reduction in the context of the overall Indian economy. The growth of India’s economy has accelerated sharply since the late 1980s, but agriculture has not followed suit. Rural population and especially the labor force are continuing to rise rapidly. Meanwhile, rural-urban migration remains slow, primarily because the urban sector is not generating large numbers of jobs in labor-intensive manufacturing.

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Commentary

The challenge for Hollande

Roland Hsu
Le Monde diplomatique, 2012 May 1, 2012

François Hollande will be France's next president. What does this mean for the country, the euro and a viable Europe?  In an article published in Le Monde Diplomatique, Europe Center Associate Director Roland Hsu writes that in order to address unemployment and government debt, Hollande's administration must first figure out "how to restore trust and win effective cooperation from organized labor, industry, the international investment community, immigrant community leaders, and also the far right."

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Policy Briefs

The China Greentech Report 2012

Alan S. Beebe, Randall S. Hancock, Anders W. Hove, Cina Loarie, Piper Stover, Julien Bédin, Lini Fu, Junda Lin, Jing Wang, Sean Wang, Lixuan Zhou
The China Greentech Initiative, 2012 May 1, 2012

The China Greentech Report 2012, released by the China Greentech Initiative (CGTI), is the third annual update of recent developments in the greentech sector in China. CGTI, founded in 2008, has rapidly grown to become the only Chinese-international collaboration platform of 100+ commercial and policy organizations, focused on identifying, developing and promoting green technology solutions in China. The Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is the supporting organization of the initiative.

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Journal Articles

Content Analysis of Primary and Secondary School Textbooks Regarding Malaria Control: A Multi-Country Study

Daisuke Nonaka, Masamine Jimba, Tetsuya Mizoue, Jun Kobayashi, Irene Ayi, Achini C. Jayatilleke, Sabina Shrestha, Kimiyo Kikuchi, Syed E. Haque, Siyan Yi
PLoS ONE, 2012 May 1, 2012

In tropical settings, malaria education at school is potentially useful, but textbook content related to malaria education has so far received little attention. This study aimed to examine whether school textbooks contain sufficient knowledge and skills to help children in primary and lower secondary schools and their family members to cope with malaria.

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Transfer Paths and Academic Performance: The Primary School Merger Program in China

Di Mo, Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Scott Rozelle, Alexis Medina
International Journal of Educational Development, 2012 May 1, 2012

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, China’s Ministry of Education embarked on an ambitious program of elementary school mergers by shutting down small village schools and opening up larger centralized schools in towns and county seats.

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The Political Economies of Immigration Law

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
UC Irvine Law Review, 2012 March 22, 2012
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Working Papers

The Conundrum of Close Calls: Lessons Learned for Securing Nuclear Weapons

Scott D. Sagan, Reid Pauly
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, 2012 March 21, 2012

In a paper prepared for the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, CISAC research assistant Reid Pauly and senior fellow Scott Sagan share new evidence of instances when nuclear test sites, weapons in transit and deployed weapons were threatened during times of political instability.

 

 

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Children of China's Future

Karen Eggleston, Jean C. Oi, Scott Rozelle, Ang Sun, Xueguang Zhou
YaleGlobal Online, 2012 March 14, 2012

As China's economy grows so does the prevalence of social inequality. In a YaleGlobal Online article, a team of Shorenstein APARC China experts says the country must invest more now in education and public health programs for its rural children or it will face major growth challenges in the near future.

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Working Papers

Redefining Security Along the Food-Health Nexus: report of a conference and center launch held at Stanford University on November 10, 2011

Rosamond Naylor, Ashley Dean
Food Security, 2012 March 1, 2012

For most scholars the concept of security encompasses issues of state legitimacy, economic and political sovereignty, and protection from military, nuclear, or terrorist assault. Yet billions of people, particularly in the developing world, face more severe, individual security threats on a daily basis, such as inadequate nutrition, disease burdens, lack of potable water, and risks of sexual assault or human trafficking. Such human security concerns can become national security issues when citizens rise up against their governments or threaten to rebel.

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Policy Briefs

Drafting Egypt's New Constitution Policy Paper

Tamir Moustafa
BDC-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions, 2012 March 1, 2012

This is the first paper in the BDC-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions series, authored Dr. Tamir Moustafa of Simon Fraser University in Canada and entitled “Drafting Egypt’s New Constitution: Can a New Legal Framework Revive a Flawed Transition?”.

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The Effects of Attending Selective College Tiers in China

Prashant Loyalka, Yingquan Song, Jianguo Wei
Social Science Research, 2012 March 1, 2012
We estimate the effects of attending the first versus second-tier of higher education institutions on Chinese students’ at-college and expected post-college outcomes using various quasi-experimental methods such as regression discontinuity, genetic matching, and regression discontinuity controlling for covariates. Overall we find that just attending the first versus second-tier makes little difference in terms of students’ class ranking, net tuition, expected wages, or likelihood of applying for graduate school. The results do show, however, that just attending the first versus second tier makes it less likely that students will get their preferred major choice.
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Behind Before They Begin: The Challenge of Early Childhood Education in Rural China

Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Chengfang Liu, Scott Rozelle, Brian Sharbono, Jennifer Adams
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2012 March 1, 2012

The main goal of this paper is to analyze the factors (access, attendance and quality of preschools) that may be affecting the educational readiness of China’s rural children before they enter the formal school system. Using data from a survey of 80 preschools and 500 households in 6 counties in 3 provinces of China, this paper documents the nature of early childhood education (ECE) services and the educational readiness of children aged 4-5 in rural China. We present evidence that ECE services are seriously deficient.

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The Gathering Storm: Analyzing the Cloud Computing Ecosystem and Implications for Public Policy

Kenji Kushida, Jonathan Murray, John Zysman
Communications and Strategies, 2012 March 1, 2012

The authors contend that cloud computing is historically unique by simultaneously being an innovation ecosystem, production platform, and global marketplace. In the first part, they define cloud computing as a "dynamic" utility, listing key characteristics of what it is and what it is not, both from providers' and users' vantages. In the second part, they characterize three competitive battles in the broader cloud ecosystem: winning the user (cloud providers), the search for value (network providers), and the device wars (device providers).

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Does China Want to Buy Europe? Europe's Crisis and China's Reluctant Rise

Roland Benedikter, Jae-Seung Lee
The European Business Review London, 2012 March 1, 2012
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Commentary

Europa ist ein halb sozialistisches Gebilde

Michael Laczynski, Roland Benedikter
Die Presse, Vienna, 2012 February 4, 2012
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