International Development

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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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Foreword, "Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment"

John Meyer
Stanford University Press, 2000 December 31, 2000

This book brings together emerging perspectives from organization theory and management, environmental sociology, international regime studies, and the social studies of science and technology to provide a starting point for discipline-based studies of environmental policy and corporate environmental behavior. Reflecting the book's theoretical and empirical focus, the audience is two-fold: organizational scholars working within the institutional tradition, and environmental scholars interested in management and policy.

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Journal Articles

Do Stock Market Liberalizations Cause Investment Booms?

Peter Henry
Journal of Financial Economics, 2000 December 31, 2000

Stock market liberalizations lead private investment booms. In a sample of 11 developing countries that liberalized their stock markets, 9 experience growth rates of private investment above their non-liberalization median in the first year after liberalizing. In the second and third years after liberalization, this number is 10 of 11 and 8 of 11, respectively. The mean growth rate of private investment in the three years immediately following stock market liberalization exceeds the sample mean by 22 percentage points.

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Crude Calculations: OPEC Lessons for Caspian Leaders

Terry Karl
Rowman and Littlefield, in "Energy and Conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus", 2000 December 31, 2000

This timely study is the first to examine the relationship between competition for energy resources and the propensity for conflict in the Caspian region. Taking the discussion well beyond issues of pipeline politics and the significance of Caspian oil and gas to the global market, the book offers significant new findings concerning the impact of energy wealth on the political life and economies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.

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Wars, Hotel Fires, and Plane Crashes

Stephen Krasner
Review of International Studies, 2000 December 31, 2000

Alexander Wendt has drawn on an exceptional range of theoretical literature in his effort to reconceptualize the nature of the international system. His discussion of scientific realism ought to be required reading for any student of international relations, or political science for that matter. He puts to rest the notion that constructivism is necessarily postmodern, devoid of an objective referent. In John Searle's felicitous formulation it is possible to have a subjective ontology but an objective epistemology.

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Institutional Reform and Democratic Consolidation in Korea

Larry Diamond, Doh Chull Shin
Hoover Institution Press, 2000 December 31, 2000

Having undergone a transition from military authoritarian rule in 1987, Korea quickly became the most powerful democracy in East Asia other than Japan. But the onset of a major economic crisis revealed the dark side of the Korean model of democracy. With that crisis, and the subsequent election of the country's most determined opposition figure as president, serious questions have arisen about the new democracy's vitality.

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Foreword to "China and Democracy: The Prospect for a Democratic China"

Larry Diamond
Routledge in "China and Democracy: The Prospect for a Democratic China", Suisheng Zhao, ed., 2000 December 31, 2000

This timely collection brings together many well-known scholars to systematically explore China's current government and assess that transition toward democracy. The contributors seek to bridge the gap between normative theories of democracy and empirical studies of China's political development by providing a comprehensive overview of China's domestic history, economy, and public political ideologies.

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Far East Challenges to Russian Federalism: Myths and Realities

Michael A. McFaul
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in "Rapprochement or Rivalry? Russian-Chinese Relations in a Changing Asia", Sherman Garnett, 2000 December 31, 2000

The emerging relationship between China and Russia is perhaps the most important force redefining international relations in post-Cold War Asia. In recent years, Russia and China have built a strategic partnership aimed at the 21st century--a development that deeply worries some Western observers and puzzles others.

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Is Travel Distance a Barrier to Veterans' Use of VA Hospitals for Medical-Surgical Care

C Mooney, J Zwanziger, Ciaran S. Phibbs, S Schmitt
Social Science and Medicine, 2000 December 31, 2000

Lengthy travel distances may explain why relatively few veterans in the United States use VA hospitals for inpatient medical/surgical care. We used two approaches to distinguish the effect of distance on VA use from other factors such as access to alternatives and veterans' characteristics. The first approach describes how disparities in travel distance to the VA are related to other characteristics of geographic areas. The second approach involved a multivariate analysis of VA use in postal zip code areas (ZCAs).

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U.S. Policy and the Global Environment

Donald Kennedy, John A. Riggs
The Aspen Institute, 2000 December 31, 2000

Prior to the 2000 election The Aspen Institute convened a distinguished group of science, business, and environment leaders as a hypothetical committee to advise the new President on global environmental policy. Experts prepared this set of policy memos to tell the President, concisely and in understandable language, "what he should know" and "what he should do" about climate change, biodiversity, population, oceans, water, food and agriculture, and other problems.

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Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to Managed Care

W. Richard Scott, M Ruef, P Mendel, CA Caronna
University of Chicago Press, 2000 December 31, 2000

Few large institutions have changed as fully and dramatically as the U.S. healthcare system since World War II. Compared to the 1930s, healthcare now incorporates a variety of new technologies, service-delivery arrangements, financing mechanisms, and underlying sets of organizing principles.

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Advances in Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Health Interventions

Alan M. Garber, AJ Culyer, JP Newhouse
North-Holland, in "Handbook of Health Economics", 2000 December 31, 2000

The 35 chapters of The Handbook of Health Economics provide an up-to-date survey of the burgeoning literature in health economics. As a relatively recent subdiscipline of economics, health economics has been remarkably successful. It has made or stimulated numerous contributions to various areas of the main discipline: the theory of human capital; the economics of insurance; principal-agent theory; asymmetric information; econometrics; the theory of incomplete markets; and the foundations of welfare economics, among others. Perhaps it has

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Digging into the Effects of Managed Care on Health Care Delivery: Comments on the Papers by Feldman and Scharfstein and Meltzer, Hiltz, and Bates

Laurence C. Baker
University of Chicago Press in "The Changing Hospital Industry: Comparing Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Institutions", D. Cutler, ed., 2000 December 31, 2000

In recent years, the hospital industry has been undergoing massive change and reorganization with technological innovations and the spread of managed care. As a result, the total number of hospitals countrywide has been declining, and a growing number of not-for-profit hospitals have converted to for-profit status. These changes raise two fundamental questions: What determines a hospital's choice of for-profit or not-for-profit organizational form? And how does that form affect patients and society?

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Economics and Cardiovascular Disease

Mark A. Hlatky, D.B. Mark
WB Saunders (Philadelphia) in "Heart disease: A textbook of cardiovascular medicine, 6th ed", Braunwald E, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds., 2000 December 31, 2000
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Evaluation and Technology Assessment

C.P. Friedman, Douglas K. Owens, J. Wyatt
Springer-Verlag (New York) in "Medical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine", Shortliffe EH, Perreault LE, Wiederhold G, Fagan LM, eds., 2000 December 31, 2000
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Comparing Hospital Quality at For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Hospitals

Mark B. McClellan, S. Staiger, David Cutler
University of Chicago Press in "The Changing Hospital Industry: Comparing Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Institutions", D. Cutler, ed., 2000 December 31, 2000

In recent years, the hospital industry has been undergoing massive change and reorganization with technological innovations and the spread of managed care. As a result, the total number of hospitals countrywide has been declining, and a growing number of not-for-profit hospitals have converted to for-profit status. These changes raise two fundamental questions: What determines a hospital's choice of for-profit or not-for-profit organizational form? And how does that form affect patients and society?

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Is Hospital Competition Socially Wasteful?

Daniel P Kessler, Mark B McClellan
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000 December 31, 2000
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Health Care and Information Technology: Growing Up Together

Sara J. Singer, Alain C. Enthoven, Alan M. Garber
Springer-Verlag (New York) in "Medical Informatics, Computer Application in Health Care, Second Edition", Shortliffe, et al, editors., 2000 December 31, 2000
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The Effects of Science on National Economic Development, 1970-1990

Evan Schofer, Francisco Ramirez, John Meyer
American Sociological Review, 2000 December 1, 2000

Expanded scientific activity is thought to benefit national economic development through improved labor force capacities adn the creation of new knolwedge and technology. However, scientific research activity expands as a global process and reflects the penetration of societies by a general rationalistic world culture.

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Working Papers

Internet in Turkey and Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis, The

Seymour E. Goodman, Peter Wolcott
CISAC, 2000 December 1, 2000

The Global Diffusion of the Internet Project was initiated in 1997 to study the diffusion and absorption of the Internet to, and within, many diverse countries. This research has resulted in an ongoing series of reports and articles that have developed an analytic framework for evaluating the Internet within countries and applied it to more than 25 countries. (See http://mosaic.unomaha.edu/gdi.html for links to some of these reports and articles.)

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Prediction of Risk for Patients with Unstable Angina

Paul A. Heidenreich, AS Go, K Melsop, T Allogiamento, Kathryn M. McDonald, V Hagan, Trevor J. Hastie, Mark A. Hlatky
UCSF-Stanford Evidence-Based Practice Center, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality , 2000 December 1, 2000

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. One of the most characteristic and troubling features of coronary disease is the sudden and unexpected onset of symptoms in clinically stable patients and sometimes in even previously healthy individuals.

The development of symptoms is associated with an increased risk of sudden death, acute myocardial infarction, and other life-threatening complications. The development of symptoms suggestive of coronary disease therefore mandates prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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Diffusion of the Internet in China, The

Seymour E. Goodman, William Foster
CISAC, 2000 November 1, 2000

China and the United States share a new and rapidly expanding border-the Internet. It is a border that neither country fully understands. The possibility for misunderstanding is great because the Internet is not only transforming the relationship between the two countries, it is also transforming the countries themselves. It could be argued that China is going through the greater change.

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Silicon Valley Edge, The: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Henry S. Rowen, Marguerite Gong Hancock, Chong-Moon Lee, William F. Miller
Stanford University Press, 2000 November 1, 2000

The enormous and sustained success of Silicon Valley has excited interest around the globe. Startup companies the world over are attempting to emulate its high tech businesses, and many governments are changing their institutions in order to foster Silicon Valleys of their own. What accounts for the Valley's leading edge in innovation and entrepreneurship?

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Commentary

Candidates' Views on Science, The

Donald Kennedy
Science, 2000 October 13, 2000

During each of the past several U.S. presidential elections, Science has posed questions about science policy to the major-party candidates. The editors have tried to ask hard questions that challenge the candidates and their staffs to develop thoughtful answers--responses that will not only help Science's readership evaluate their positions before the election but might clarify important science and technology issues for a much larger number of thoughtful Americans.

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Journal Articles

Limitations in Using Existing Alcohol Treatment Trials to Develop Practice Guidelines

John Finney
Addiction, 2000 October 1, 2000

In recent years, substantial efforts have been made to identify "best practices" and develop comprehensive practice guidelines for the treatment of various psychiatric disorders and medical conditions, based on systematic, often quantitative reviews of the existing intervention research. There probably are more than 300 comparative treatment trials that have been conducted in the alcohol field. With this large body of research, one might think the development of alcohol treatment guidelines would be a straightforward task. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

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Working Papers

Reform without Losers: An Interpretation of China's Dual-Track Approach to Transition

Lawrence J. Lau, Yingi Qian, Gerard Roland
Shorenstein APARC and Journal of Political Economy, 2000 October 1, 2000

Originally published in the Journal of Political Economy, 2000, volume 108, number 1. Reprinted with permission from the Univrsity of Chicago. Prior written permission is required for further use of this material. Hard copies of this reprint are available from Shorenstein APARC.

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