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February 08, 2019
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It’s always possible to do it better in a (big or small) business, and it’s important knowing specifically how. Logical starting point: realizing that the situation is not going well or that at least is improvable. But, how do you know you can do it better?

Trying to answer that question is the base of Julia Seither’s paper Keeping Up with the Joneses: Ranking Effects on Effort, Cooperation, and Firm Performance. “The idea is that people do care about how they are standing relative to others and they want to keep up with their peers”, said Julia, who ...

January 18, 2019
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If you are born in the U.S. and your son goes to a public primary school, certainly he will go to a class with 10 to 25 fellow students. This teacher to student radio does only happen in 3 out of 10  schools in India, where ratios can go as up as one teacher per 80 students in 10% of the schools. This misallocation of teachers portrays later in educational outcomes, which could be improved if a better distribution of teachers would be done. 

These are the results of the investigation Misallocation of State Capacity? Evidence from Two ...

November 21, 2018
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Primož Kovačič was the third and last speaker of the NCID Workshop on Urban Issues in Development Countries. His speech, titled Digitally Enabled Collective Action in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements, was about the job of his company, Spacial Collective, which works together with local actors in Nairobi to map slums and create information in areas forgotten by the government.

In the conference, Kovačič explained that they us...

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