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Scarcity: Why Having So Little Means So Much, an Interview with Sendhil Mullainathan

Apr 28, 2014

My guest this week, behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan, is a Harvard professor and non-resident fellow at CGD who is transforming how people think about poverty, and what can be done to support poor people in improving their lives. Sendhil was recently at CGD to discuss his new book, Scarcity: Why Having Too...

Wonkcast Music Poll

Apr 22, 2014

Love the music on the Global Prosperity Wonkcast? Hate it? Now’s your chance to help pick our next theme music. CGD communications assistant Aaron King and I have selected three possibilities from Free Music Archive. Listen to the excerpts below and vote for one. First tune with 100 votes (or, failing that, the...

Hating on the MCC's Corruption Hard Hurdle – Casey Dunning, Charles Kenny, and Alicia Phillips Mandaville (MCC)

Apr 14, 2014

CGD's Casey Dunning, Charles Kenny, and Jonathan Karver recently wrote an analysis with the provocative title "Hating on the Hurdle," that offered constructive criticism of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) approach to penalizing corruption using a “hard hurdle.” 

The paper elicited an engaged

The G-20 Development Working Group Agenda – Clare Walsh and Scott Morris

Apr 14, 2014

Clare Walsh, a senior official in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the chair of the Development Working Group of the G-20, recently visited CGD for a round-table discussion with CGD senior staff. Afterwards I hosted her and CGD senior associate, Scott Morris, a former senior US Treasury...