The link between economic performance and institutions is significant. Research points to the fact that the question is not anymore whether institutions are important but which institutions to focus on, as well as how to develop these. An improvement in the quality of institutions can lead to a substantial growth spurt. One important aspect with respect to institutions is […]
On Friday 30 October, guest lecturers Deborah Brautigam, Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu delivered an online lecture on “China in Africa” as part of the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Otobong Mmah tells us what she took away from the lecture.
You can watch the guest lecture back on YouTube.
This week’s lecture […]
Dr Shamel Azmeh, from the Global Development Institute, and Professor Ken Shadlen, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, question whether the US-China trade war is the end of multilateralism.
In recent years, the collapse of the multilateral economic regime has become a regular theme. In Davos, at the World Economic Conference in January, this issue emerged in […]
On Monday, 11 February, some of the students of the Department of International Development attended a seminar given by guest lecturer Professor Tang Lixia on the role of China in the agricultural sector in Africa. Read about the seminar here.
In a 90-minute-long conversation, students were able to listen to Professor Tang Lixia’s presentation and ask burning questions on the […]
Just before the start of reading week, Yuen Yuen Ang from the University of Michigan gave a talk about “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap” as part of the ID Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what two students thought about her lecture.
As a dark, depressing and cold November began to descend on London, the International […]
Dr Amit Chandra, MSc Development Studies alum, and Dr. Sutyajeet Soneja, air pollution and public health expert, outline the fatal costs of toxic air.
As the perennial blanket of smog that envelops New Delhi intensified in November 2017, India’s Minister of Environment Harsh Vardhan urged his people to remain calm, stating “no death certificate has the cause of death as pollution.” The physician and […]
Professor Robert Wade adds to the recent article from Dani Rodrik for the Financial Times, in which he states that the US and Europe are hypocritical when complaining about China’s infringement on ‘global norms and rules’.
8 August 2018
Dani Rodrik, in “Global trade needs rules that adapt to economic diversity”, misses an important point ( August 6).
He says that “when the US and Europe […]
As Xi Jinping sets forth his plans and ambitions for the next five years, all eyes are fixed on who he will pick to be in the powerful Politburo and its Standing Committee. Yet there is one thing for sure that we know: there won’t be many women there. Mao Zedong may have espoused the slogan “Women hold up […]
What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and will it bring prosperity or difficulties to the many developing countries along its route? Nathan Hayes, alumni from the department and Economist at Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre, breaks it down for us.
In autumn 2013, President of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping, announced the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, […]