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Doughnut Economics: Towards an economic makeover

On Thursday 23 November 2017, the Department of International Development hosted Kate Raworth to talk about her best selling book Doughnut Economics. Kate captivated the audience by using story telling, dramatic images and humour in a bid to challenge what we know about economics. Professor in Economics, Oriana Bandiera, discussed the book whilst Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, chaired the event. 

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    A prize winning essay: Why it matters to understand the informal economy

A prize winning essay: Why it matters to understand the informal economy

Max Gallien, PhD candidate in The Department of International Development, is the joint runner-up of this year’s Economic and Social Research Council writing competition. Max’s eloquently written piece makes a strong case for examining the informal economy through a fresh pair of eyes.

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A Nightmare on Houghton Street

As students get ready to come back for Lent Term 2017, MSc Development Studies and Chevening Scholarship student Tinnaphop reflects on his experience so far and how he plans on conquering his academic fears in the new term.

It was like a dream come true when I received the Chevening Scholarship from the UK Government in June 2016. I […]

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    Twenty five years later, Somaliland comes of age – Africa at LSE

Twenty five years later, Somaliland comes of age – Africa at LSE

In a post originally written for the Africa at LSE blog, LSE alumnus Bashir Ali reflects on Somaliland’s progress and development as it celebrates a landmark anniversary.
Somaliland is to most a region of Somalia; however, it recently celebrated its landmark 25th Independence Day to commemorate when it decided to discontinue the Union with Somalia. Somaliland was a former British protectorate securing […]

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    Chinese government was wise to resist full privatisation of land – James Putzel

Chinese government was wise to resist full privatisation of land – James Putzel

On Monday (11/07/16) Professor James Putzel had a letter published in the Financial Times in which he responds to an article from the 5 July entitled “Losing the plot”. Below is the full text
Sir, I welcomed Lucy Hornby’s Big Read article on the dilemma China faces over the future of property rights in agricultural land (“Losing the plot”, July […]

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    Income distribution and the UK referendum – Professor Robert Wade

Income distribution and the UK referendum – Professor Robert Wade

Large numbers of those who voted Out in the UK’s In/Out referendum did so less from a negative assessment of EU membership than from anger at their falling relative income over the past many years and worry that their children will fare even worse. On the day the result became known, the second most frequently asked question of Google, […]

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    Demographic Change and Democratization – Professor Tim Dyson

Demographic Change and Democratization – Professor Tim Dyson

In recent articles, Tim Dyson, Professor of Population Studies, explores the relationship between progress through the demographic transition and political advance.
The first article, titled ‘On Demographic and Democratic Transitions’, appears in Population and Development Review 38 (Supp.) and is available open access. It deals with the development of democracy in Europe between around 1890 and 1930. The second article, […]

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    The economics of humanitarian aid: Are we on a slippery slope? – Dr Stephanie Levy

The economics of humanitarian aid: Are we on a slippery slope? – Dr Stephanie Levy

Could the current modalities of humanitarian aid to refugees be improved? Dr. Stephanie Levy argues for more creative aid agreements to form the backbone of the global response to the current refugee crisis, in a post originally written for the International Growth Centre.

At the World Humanitarian Summit (WH Summit), David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, announced that 25% […]

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    Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer – Professor Robert Wade

Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer – Professor Robert Wade

Last Friday (03/06/16) Professor Robert Wade had a letter published in the Financial Times in which he responds to an article from the 31 May “A misplaced mea culpa for neoliberalism”

“Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer”,  letter, Financial Times,  3 June 2016
From Prof. Robert H. Wade

Sir,    Your editorial criticising the International Monetary Fund for publishing an article […]

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    Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining. He was brilliant: original and funny, riffing off traditional France v Britain tensions, and reeling off memorable one liners: ‘meritocracy is a myth invented by winners’; […]