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Martin Ravallion
Economist who strives to use ideas, data and analysis to help fight the scourge of global poverty. More at:
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Martin Ravallion Apr 23
Response from World Bank on Rwanda poverty stats: Denial of any effort to "fake" the poverty data by Rwanda stats office or WB. Data in open. Mystery remains over discrepancy between price indices. via
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Martin Ravallion Apr 21
Replying to @juanph84
Fair question. With (+)ve growth in GDP p.c. and falling inequality (not dependent on deflators) my prior is a falling poverty rate. But that is not conclusive. The surveys are a better source. The issues related to deflators in the poverty numbers need to be addressed by WB.
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Christina Cottiero Apr 20
Should be required reading/thinking piece for social scientists (I knew none of this about Hardin): The Tragedy of "The Tragedy of the Commons" via
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Martin Ravallion Apr 20
Replying to @francinehavgma1
My tweet was mainly directed at the accusation made by others against the World Bank. No hatred or disrespect for the people of Rwanda on my part, please believe me.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 20
Serious accusations of "World Bank's complicity in manipulating and misreporting official statistics (on poverty) for Rwanda." Some puzzles leave me unconvinced so far, but one thing is clear: WB needs to respond (again).
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Kevin Spiritus Apr 1
Ravi Kanbur: "A policy intervention that would make innovation more labour intensive would be the most powerful response of all."
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Martin Ravallion Apr 19
More troubles for the word "welfare."
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Martin Ravallion Apr 19
Saving capitalism has long been part of advocates' case for UBI. Now signs of it entering mainstream political debate in US. To be watched. via
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World Bank Data Apr 17
The Robert S. McNamara (RSM) Fellowships Program (RSMFP) awards grants of up to $25,000 to PhD candidates in developing countries to conduct development-related research for 6-10 months abroad. Learn more.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 18
Higher unemployment rates among "better" educated young people in India. Reverse of pattern in rich world.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
Replying to @saragoldrickrab
First I am told I am retweeting the obvious ("Duh"; for which I grant I reacted badly to) then I am called a "jerk" and now I am "mansplaining". I guess I should be glad you have not yet insulted me by your 2019 standards, though I fear that may well come.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
Replying to @saragoldrickrab
"Jerk" was the insult, though "duh" comes close in this context.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
Replying to @saragoldrickrab
Really? It was not my blog post, but it is a useful synthesis of much serious research. We can be proud of such work, and not insult those who do it or publicize it.
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
Such incisive commentary!
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
What have we learned from reviewing 75 studies about interventions to reduce inequality in higher education? via
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Martin Ravallion Apr 17
Do the Poor Want Cash Transfers or Public Services?
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T Manuelyan Atinc Apr 17
Students at the bottom of the learning distribution are so far behind in Classes 6-9 in India that they learn nothing from grade level instruction
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UNU-WIDER Apr 16
and will co-host a workshop on on 6 May at HQ. Don’t miss Elliot Harris and more, discussing global progress
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Romesh Vaitilingam Apr 15
’s long-term efforts to reduce ethnic/racial disparities in living standards have helped reduce poverty though growth has been more important; still gains to be had for poor Malaysians from progress toward ethnic equality,
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IGC India Apr 15
Rationing of work opportunities can arise under decentralized implementation in poor places even when the center wants to honor the employment guarantee. Two main reasons-Local administrative costs & local .
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