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Is Financial Inclusion only an emerging markets, bottom-of-the-pyramid problem or is it also a challenge for the middle class and in developed countries too? 

November 21, 2016

Over two billion adults in the world (38% of all adults) are unbanked. Several more are underbanked and may have basic accounts but do not have access to credit or insurance services and not ...

The potential and challenges of customer feedback in the public sector

January 29, 2016

AbstractThis talk will present the Pakistan Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program (CFMP), which, leveraging the ubiquitous presence of ordinary cell phones, aims to fight petty corruption, improve...

The ABCD Framework of K-Strategy: The Secret to Korea's Success

May 7, 2014

Economists and business scholars have long tried to construct theoretical models that can explain economic growth and development in emerging economies, but Western models have not always been...

Contemporary Challenges in Global Public Health: A Discussion on How Health is an Integral Aspect of the Overall Development and Sustainability Landscape

May 2, 2014

For nearly 70 years, CARE has been serving individuals and families in the world's poorest communities.

Has the Food Price Bubble Burst?

April 29, 2014

A reception in the lobby of Encina Hall will follow the event. Bursting the Bubble: A Long Run Perspective What are the long run drivers of global food prices?

The Two Chinese Models of Development

March 13, 2014

SCID and SCP present a special seminar with Professor Xiaonian Xu The Chinese economy has grown so fast and for so long. But the “miracle” has started fading in recent years.  Why?  Prof.

The Contested Corners of Asia: Subnational Conflict and International Development Assistance: A Report of The Asia Foundation

February 27, 2014

  Abstract: Subnational conflict is the most widespread, enduring, and deadly form of conflict in Asia.

Abenomics: Evaluation of the First Year

February 7, 2014

A year has passed since the Japanese government embarked on the new economic policy package called “Abenomics” with three “arrows”: aggressive monetary easing, flexible fiscal policy, and a growth...

Health and Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar

February 6, 2014

Abstract:The peoples of Burma/Myanmar have faced military rule, human rights violations, and poor health outcomes for decades.

Are Crowdsourced Maps the Future of Community Self-Governance? Food, Land, and Water

January 10, 2014

AbstractEarlier generations of radicals understood themselves to be in an ongoing battle against the privatization of land and water.  They instrumentalized maps in the court system as a tool for...

Is a New Round of Economic Reform Kicking Off in China? The Aftermath of the Third Plenum

January 10, 2014

At the November 2013 Third Plenum, China’s leaders committed to an ambitious program of economic reform.  Now their challenge is to convert those commitments into a realistic and sustained program...

Does Decentralization Lessen or Worsen Poverty? Evidence from Post-‘Big Bang’ Indonesia

December 12, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development Under what conditions is decentralization most likely to foster development and reduce poverty?  Plausible answers include:  a...

*Change of Speaker* Geography and Gridlock in the United States

November 21, 2013

Speaker bio: Jonathan Rodden is a professor in the political science department at Stanford who works on the comparative political economy of institutions.

University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy:Triumph of the BRICs?

October 31, 2013

Speaker bio: Martin Carnoy is the Vida Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University School of Education.

Welfarenomics: The Road to a Sustainable Capitalism and Welfare State

October 4, 2013

Neo-liberalism, which became a dominant ideology in policy-making in many countries from the early 1980's, is now blamed for worsening inequality and the 2008 world financial crisis. As the...

Petroleum to the People: Africa's Coming Resource Curse and How to Avoid It

September 26, 2013

Abstract: In the coming decade new oil discoveries in Africa will leave fragile democracies vulnerable to corruption, patronage and rent seeking behavior.

The Impact of Migration on the Sending Country: Evidence from the Philippines

May 9, 2013

More than 215 million people—approximately 3% of the world’s population—now live outside their country of birth (United Nations, 2009).

Can Cash Transfers Save Countries from Resource Windfalls?

May 7, 2013

Abstract: The discovery of oil or gas in a poor country is potentially beneficial and, simultaneously, potentially calamitous.

Going Beyond Form-Based Governance Indicators and 'Reforms as Signals' in Development

April 25, 2013

Abstract: The last few decades have seen a growth in the number and influence of governance indicators in development. These indicators shape the institutional reform agenda in many countries.

Mere Straws in the Wind or Genuine Change? Society, Culture and Public Opinion under China's New Leadership

March 14, 2013

Early returns suggest that it may not be business as usual in state-society relations, with the Party-state being compelled to respond to an increasingly discontented and vocal society, and that a...

"Abenomics" -- Japan's Economic Policies Under the Abe Administration

February 14, 2013

Motoshige Itoh, Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo.

The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business Project: A Template for Promoting Economic Reforms?

January 31, 2013

Abstract: The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business project has used indicators capturing important dimensions of the business environment to catalyze reforms in a large number of countries.

The Impact of Water Quality on Health and Youth Education in Rural China

January 30, 2013

Providing people with safe drinking water is one of the most important health-related infrastructure programs in the world.

The Power of 'Open': Collective Intelligence, Crowdsourcing and Co-creation

October 18, 2012

AbstractThe manifestations of 'open' are permeating the society enabled by the rise of participatory culture and improved communication technologies.

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jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Fafchamps Photo Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Michael Bennon Pic Michael Bennon Research Scholar, CDDRL Program Manager, Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
R Pizarro Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
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Atella, Vincenzo BW3x4 Vincenzo Atella Adjunct Affiliate, CHP/PCOR