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April 15, 2019
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Justin Sandefur presented his paper Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia at the 8th NCID Research Workshop. Two salient features important at this project were the low enrollment and the backlog of overage children. The experiment was to outsource education to private management of public schools. 93 schools were randomly selected and managed by 8 private contractors with staffed teachers on government payroll. Did the schools improve their efficiency? Yes, there were learning gains from this outsourcing progra...

April 08, 2019
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From how a bicycle can help empower girls in Zambia improving their safety and class attendance to how information and media can stop the spread of an epidemic such as Ebola or the curse of natural resources. Pioneering research was presented on the political economy of development at the 8th NCID Research Workshop, which was held on April 4 and 5 at the headquarters of the Fundación Ramón Areces in Madrid.

Projects were presented from all around the world. The first to present was Justin Sandefur, a researcher at the Center ...

April 05, 2019
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Why are there rich countries and poor countries? This question is not answered in a few words, or in a unique way. Even from an economic view, which should be the most appropriate discipline to approach it, there are not enough answers looking at today. It is necessary to look at history.

Romain Wacziarg, professor of Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles, presented on April 5 in Madrid his findings on this topic. The conference, titled Historical Barriers to the Wealth of Nations, was organized by the Navarra Center for International Development - the think tan...

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