Executive Summaries and Blogs

We've scoured the web to bring you the latest and best of development blogs and posts.

Are there any we're missing? Send us suggestions for blogs, whether in English or another language, by emailing Chrispine at crl2 (at) williams (dot) edu, and we'll put them up!

Our Latest Recommendations

Prof. Bakija recommends two resources: Goats and Soda and Rough Translation

Interested in how the developing world is doing? Here are two very good resources from the National Public Radio (NPR) covering various current developments in the developing world. Goats and Soda.

The value of social distancing in the developed v. developing world (blog post on VoxEU)

This blog post by Mushfiq Mobarak and Zachary Barnett-Howell provides a succinct explanation of why “lockdown” has different costs and benefits in somewhere like the US versus somewhere like central Africa.

Prof’s Pick: Remittances and what their decline means for development (recommended by Prof. Caprio)

With economic decline looming and borders tightening in the developed world, remittances are going down the tubes. Michael Clemens of the Center for Global Development explores what this means for development.

Prof. Shore-Sheppard recommends this blog post on “What Are We Estimating When We Estimate Difference-in-Differences?”

Professor Shore-Sheppard recommends this World Bank blog post from Pam Jakiela, an incoming member of the Williams faculty, that discusses the finer details of just what “differences in differences” means. If you’re missing your 502/503 lectures, or just want a refresher of your econometric methods, this post provides a great description.

Blog: Open Letter to G20 Countries

This blog post on VoxEU is an open letter from late March to the leaders of the G20 countries, asking for greater involvement on helping the developing world handle the covid-19 crisis.

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En Español

Nada es gratis

Nada es gratis is a Spanish-language blog with some of the most prominent Spanish-speaking economists as regular contributors. They focus a little more on the European situation, but there’s a lot of good general content for the hispanohablantes.