International Development

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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Isolating the "Tech" from EdTech: Experimental Evidence on Computer Assisted Learning in China

April 2020

EdTech which includes online education, computer assisted learning (CAL), and remote instruction was expanding rapidly even before the current full-scale substitution for in-person learning at all...

Institutions, Implementation, and Program Effectiveness: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation of Computer-Assisted Learning in Rural China

April 2020

There is limited evidence on the degree to which differences in implementation among institutions matter for program effectiveness.

Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

March 2020

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, we document that immigrants assimilated into US society at similar rates in the past and present.

Agricultural and Rural Development in China During the Past Four Decades: An Introduction

December 2019

The past four decades have witnessed unprecedented economic growth and rapidly rising food demand in China.

Causes of Indonesia’s forest fires

November 2019

The economic costs of Indonesia’s 2015 forest fires are estimated to exceed US $16 billion, with more than 100,000 premature deaths.

The Internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms

November 2019

The Program on Democracy and the Internet runs the work of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age which will produce guidelines to support democracies, particularly...

Can School Feeding Programs Reduce Malnutrition in Rural China?

November 2019

BACKGROUNDChildhood malnutrition is commonplace among poor rural communities in China. In 2012, China launched its first nationwide school‐feeding program (SFP) to address this problem.

Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground: Assessing Satellite- and Ground-Based Approaches to Crop Yield Measurement and Analysis

October 2019

Understanding the determinants of agricultural productivity requires accurate measurement of crop output and yield.

EdTech for Equity in China: Can Technology Improve Teaching for Millions of Rural Students?

October 2019

Previous literature suggests subpar teaching is a primary reason why rural Chinese students lag behind academically.

The Prevalence of Parent-Teacher Interaction in Developing Countries and its Effect on Student Outcomes

August 2019

Empirical evidence from developed countries supports the idea that parent-teacher interaction is highand improves student outcomes.

Stuck in Place? A Field Experiment on the Effects of Reputational Information on Student Evaluations

July 2019

Studies suggest that students’ prior performance can shape subsequent teacher evaluations, but the magnitude of reputational effects and their implications for educational inequality remain unclear...

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China: Evidence from Shaanxi Province

June 2019

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

Integrating satellite and climate data to predict wheat yield in Australia using machine learning approaches

May 2019

Wheat is the most important staple crop grown in Australia, and Australia is one of the top wheat exporting countries globally.

Better Cognition, Better School Performance? Evidence from Primary Schools in China

April 2019

Although students in rural and migrant schools in China generally have not performed well, a share of each cohort has been able to thrive in school and to test into academic high school and college...

Impact of Various Types of Near Work and Time Spent Outdoors at Different Times of Day on Visual Acuity and Refractive Error Among Chinese School-Going Children

April 2019

Background: Various types of near work have been suggested to promote the incidence and progression of myopia, while outdoor activity appears to prevent or retard myopia.

Global warming has increased global economic inequality

April 2019

Understanding the causes of economic inequality is critical for achieving equitable economic development.

Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China’s Human Capital

March 2019

This paper describes the current level of human capital in China and seeks to identify a number of education-related challenges that may slow down the nation’s economy from transitioning to high...

Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States

March 2019

We assess and compare computer science skills among final-year computer science undergraduates (seniors) in four major economic and political powers that produce approximately half of the science,...

Mapping Missing Population in Rural India: A Deep Learning Approach with Satellite Imagery

February 2019

Millions of people worldwide are absent from their country’s census.

Are Infant/Toddler Developmental Delays a Problem Across Rural China?

February 2019

Using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-III (BSID-III), we examine the rates of developmental delays among children aged 0–3 years in four major subpopulations of rural China,...

Social Engagement and Elderly Health in China: Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey (CHARLS)

January 2019

This study examines the impact of social engagement on elderly health in China. A two-stage residual inclusion (2SRI) regression approach was used to examine the causal relationship.

Prenatal Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Early Development of Children in Rural Guizhou Province, China

December 2018

Background: There is a substantial body of evidence supporting the association between maternal active smoking during pregnancy and child development, but the association between prenatal exposure...

Caregiver Depression and Early Child Development: A Mixed-Methods Study From Rural China

December 2018

Half of rural toddlers aged 0–3 years in China’s Qinling Mountainous region are cognitively delayed.

Impact of a Local Vision Care Center on Glasses Ownership and Wearing Behavior in Northwestern Rural China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

December 2018

Abstract: Visual impairment is common among rural Chinese children, but fewer than a quarter of children who need glasses actually own and use them.

People

Prashant Loyalka Senior Fellow, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC