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Middle-class dynamics and the Arab Spring by Elena Ianchovichina and Hai-Anh Dang (Future Development blog, Brookings, March 18, 2016

Once poor, forever poor? by Hai-Anh H. Dang (Africa Can End Poverty blog, Brookings, March 14, 2016

Slow Growth Clouds Fight Against Poverty
(Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2016)

The Social Observatory: A Living Lab for Developing a Science of Delivery
January 2016: In this policy research talk, Vijayendra Rao—who leads the Social Observatory—highlights findings from impact evaluations and in-depth long-term qualitative research to show the “how and why” of when livelihoods interventions succeed and fail.
Story and Video

Principles and Practice in Measuring Global Poverty
January 2016: In this policy research talk, Francisco Ferreira reviews the principles, practices, and pitfalls involved in the latest poverty line update, and then discusses ideas being floated for the future of global poverty measurement.
Story and Video

Beyond the quest for “policy implications: Alternative options for applied development researchers by Michael Woolcock
(People, Spaces, Deliberation blog, December 22, 2015)

Fixed in our ways” – Our stubborn personalities can pose a challenge for subjective welfare data 
Jed Friedman (Development Impact blog, November 5, 2015)

The international poverty line has just been raised to $1.90 a day, but global poverty is basically unchanged. How is that even possible
Francisco Ferreira, Dean Jolliffe, Espen Beer Prydz (Let’s Talk Development blog, October 4, 2015)

The world is about as poor as we thought, and the fight to end poverty remains ambitious  
Espen Beer Prydz amd Dean Joliffe (Let’s Talk Development blog, May 13, 2015)

How the global economy determines fertility and families
Quy-Toan Do and Andrei A. Levchenko (Let’s Talk Development blog, May 19, 2015)

Breaking the Cycle of Poor Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa
April 2015: Lasting reform and heightened development effectiveness is not just a matter of “designing better policies” but learning how to build widespread organizational capability to implement them.
Story and Video

Making the case for case studies in development practice?
Michael Woolcock (Let’s Talk Development blog, February 23, 2015)

Reflections on social protection and poverty alleviation from the long term impact of Chile Solidario
Emanuela Galasso (Let’s Talk Development blog, February 18, 2015)

Measuring poverty dynamics without (actual) panel data: Could we square the circle?
Hai-Anh H. Dang (Let’s Talk Development blog, January 20, 2015)

Incentives and Teacher Effort
School survey data from Lao PDR show that both monetary and nonmonetary incentives correlate with increased teacher effort in after-school work hours and after-school tutoring activities.
Research Digest (Winter 2015)


Poverty will only End by 2030 if Growth is Shared
Espen Beer Prydz, Christoph Lakner & Mario Negre (Future Development blog, November 19, 2014)

Inequality is bad for growth of the poor (but not for that of the rich)
Roy Van der Weide (blog, July 3, 2014)

Are Impact Evaluations Enough? The Social Observatory Approach to Doing-by-Learning
Vijayendra Rao (blog, June 16, 2014)

Poverty, Shared Prosperity, and Trade-Offs
Kathleen Beegle (blog, June 11, 2014)

Challenges in Counting the World’s Hungry
Jed Friedman, Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, John Gibson (blog, Jan. 23, 2014)


The distribution of income amongst the World’s citizens
Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic (blog, Dec. 17, 2013)

Shared Prosperity across the Generations: Employment, Demographic Change, and Well-Being (Nov. 2013)
Story | Video

Data and Measurement Essential to Reaching the World Bank’s Twin Goals
Story | Report (Nov. 2013)

The Chart That Explains the World
(Financial Times, Oct. 25, 2013)

The State of the Poor: Where Are The Poor, Where Is Extreme Poverty Harder to End, and What Is the Current Profile of the
World’s Poor?
Pedro Olinto, Kathleen Beegle, Carlos Sobrado, and Hiroki Uematsu
Economic Premise, Oct. 2013

The Winners and Losers of Globalization: Finding a Path to Shared Prosperity
Featured Article , October 2013

Village India: The Growing Importance of the Nonfarm Sector
Peter Lanjouw, Nicholas Stern, Himanshu, and Rinku Murgai
Research Digest Summer 2013.

The end of a long era, Branko Milanovic (Blog, July 19, 2013)

Urbanization? Of course! But how? Luc Christiaensen and Peter Lanjouw (blog, May 10, 2013)

Learning by Doing: The Social Observatory
Featured Article, Mar. 2013

New Estimates Reveal Drop in Extreme Poverty 2005-2010
Press release | Summary of the 2012 Global Poverty Update | Featured Article, Feb. 2012
ADePT: A Helping Hand for Evidence-Based Decisions: Free Software Empowers Users
Featured Article, Jan. 2012

Living Standard Measurement Study: When Data Collection is Intrepid
Featured Article, May 2011  
Inequality: The Haves and Have-Nots
Featured Article, Jan. 2011


Commentaries on global poverty numbers, poverty mapping, disciplinary monopolies 
Research often provokes comment and debate. Included here are examples of themes being debated within the research community in (2007-2010.

Scoring Poverty Reduction in Brazil, China, and India 
An assessment of progress against poverty points to key differences in pro-poor growth and pro-poor social policies.
Research Digest, Winter 2010

Economic Crises Taking a Toll on Children
Featured article, April 2010



Social Safety Nets: Lessons from Rich and Poor Countries
Featured Article, Apr. 2009


New Global Poverty Estimates
Poverty rates are higher than previously thought. But there is also evidence of continual decline in poverty since the early 1980s.
Research Digest, Fall 2008

The Consequences of Child Labor
Evidence from longitudinal data in rural Tanzania shows that child labor has consequences that carry over into adulthood.
Research Digest, Fall 2008

Dollar a Day Revisited
Recent price survey results imply marked upward revisions to the purchasing parities of the power poorest countries.
Research Digest, Summer 2008
Land in Transition: Reform and Poverty in Rural Vietnam
Vietnam’s rural land reforms have led to gains in both equity and efficiency, despite greater landlessness and some losers.
Research Digest, Summer 2008

China's success against poverty: Lessons for Africa?
China’s role as an investor and donor in Africa is much scrutinized. While private investment and aid flows from China may benefit Africa’s poor, what might be more significant are the lessons for Africa from China’s success in fighting poverty back home.
Featured Article, May 2008

Work Related Migration and Poverty Reduction
Migration and remittances are key factors in reducing poverty in Nepal—and are likely to remain so.
Research Digest, Mar. 2008
Local Inequality and Project Choice 
Elites can significantly affect the outcomes of participatory processes, even those that are carefully designed.
Research Digest, Mar. 2008

Investing Back Home: Return Migration and Business Ownership in Albania
Recent research indicates Albanian households with higher exposure to past migration experience are more likely to invest in a small business upon the completion of their “migration cycle.”
Research Brief, Mar. 2008

Improving Malnutrition through Behavioral Change: Lessons from Madagascar
A recent impact evaluation study of a community based nutrition program in Madagascar shows that malnutrition can be improved over the short- and long-term when mothers participate in community health programs that promote behavioral change in nutrition, feeding, and hygiene practices.
Research Brief, Jan. 2008

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Infant Mortality over the Business Cycle in the Developing World
Research Brief, Nov. 2007
Poverty, Social Divisions and Conflict in Nepal
Research Brief, May 2007
Are there Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas?
Featured Article, Apr. 2007
New Evidence on the Urbanization of Global Poverty
Research Brief, Mar. 2007
Migration, Sex Bias and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Rural Pakistan
Research Brief, Feb. 2007
Inefficient Lobbying, Populism and Oligarchy
Research Brief, Jan. 2007

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Are There Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas? Evidence from Rural China
Research Brief, Dec. 2006
Local Inequality and Project Choice
Research Brief, Nov. 2006
Superstition, Family Planning and Human Development
Research Brief, Oct. 2006
Land Reallocation in an Agrarian Transition
Oct 2, 2006 Research Brief

Fighting Poverty: Findings and Lessons from China's Success
Featured Article, Sep. 2005

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