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. Caprio recommends: The Secret To Success? Having A Big Sister

The Secret To Success? Having A Big Sister A new study by four researchers at the Center for Global development, including two Williams Professors: Jakiela and Ozier, explores the impact of a big sister’s caregiving on a child’s development. Be sure not to miss it! You can read a short summary on the paper at…

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.

New from the Source:

Infrastructure Ideas

  • From Bernard Sheahan of the World Bank, a blog about the newest updates and ideas in the rapidly changing world of infrastructure.
  • Bernie visited the CDE for a CDE seminar in February, 2020.

Our favorite sources for the latest research

En EspaƱol

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.