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Googling Change

02.02.2006
The big news in the technology pages these days is, surprisingly, not about Steve Jobs' newest toy.  Instead, folks are getting steamed up about Google's recent decision to acquiesce to local regulations concerning censorship when starting up its new search engine in China.  Google will also refra...

Palestinian Elections: Revisiting the “Chicken vs. Egg” Conundrum

02.02.2006
Recently, National Public Radio conducted an interview with Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The interview was ostensibly about possible outcomes from the recent elections in the Palestinian territories, and thus it adds some additional perspectives to a previous thr...

The role of the media in MENA reform

02.02.2006
An independent and pluralistic media is a central pillar of democracy. The role of the media in a democratic society is one that informs the public, enhances political participation, and acts as a government watchdog. The media in the Middle East North Africa region is not able to fully perform th...

Who Makes People Poor?

02.01.2006
Making people poor is not an easy task, and governments have to work hard to do it.  Ronald Bailey explores this issue in more detail in his piece on "Economics of Ruin 101" that appears in The African Executive, a weekly magazine published by CIPE's partner the Inter-Region Economic Network (I...

What is there to argue about?

01.31.2006
Last Friday (January 27), NPR broadcast a piece about a new study, Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, which purports to show that emerging democracies are more likely than other countries to become involved in wars.  The study, authored by Professors Edward Mansfield of the Un...

Components of Progress

01.30.2006
In this op-ed, Marifeli Perez-Stable of the Inter-American Dialogue links markets, democracies, and progress in a very simple equation - "Democracy+Market Economy=Progress."  Despite strong anti-market sentiments in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela, it seems that many other countries in the re...

Economic Implications of Palestinian Elections

01.27.2006
Palestinian elections have been making the headlines for the past few days – with most stories focusing on the political consequences of the results.  Not too many people at this point, however, are talking about the economic implications of this week’s elections – yet the econom...

Free-Market NGOs

01.26.2006
I got this one from the Globalisation Institute's blog: Hilary Benn, the UK's International Development Secretary, used a speech yesterday evening to attack the anti-capitalism embedded in some of the left-wing NGOs. He said: The Make Poverty History and other campaigns last year focused on more an...

Opening Up The Economy…In India

01.25.2006
India continues to take the necessary step to integrate into the global economy.  The latest move is liberalization of the retail market to allow foreign investors to open their own retail outlets.  Although not all restrictions are being lifted at this point and some pre-conditions remain in plac...

Can We Afford to Stop Funding Reconstruction in Iraq?

01.25.2006
Plenty has been said recently about the likelihood of the U.S. not providing further funding for reconstruction in Iraq.  Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post articles offer insights into the rationale involved in doing so.  Most of the arguments used to justify this position emphasize the...

Illusion of Price Controls

01.24.2006
There is a nice article in the China Daily on government's efforts to establish price controls to keep natural gas prices in check. The problem - rising prices of liquefied natural gas.  The solution - introduce the legislation strengthening price controls.  The result - ...government efforts h...

Ineffective Public Projects

01.23.2006
This week Sudan is hosting the African Union Summit. The African Union is a regional effort to bring together the resources of African nations to combat poverty and help African economies join the global economy.  It looks like Sudan has been preparing for the summit, clearing the streets of the i...

Grant-Eating Organizations (Part 2 of 2)

01.20.2006
(the first part can be found here)  The lesson for international donors is not that they should disappear, but that they should present partnership opportunities only when they are certain that local demand is driving an initiative. A lesson can be drawn from social research, such that a researcher...

Grant-Eating Organizations (Part 1 of 2)

01.19.2006
In a recent Washington Post article titled, "Reforming Foreign Assistance" it was stated that, "reliance on U.S. organizations undermined poor countries' sense of ownership of their development programs, damaging the long-term struggle to foster self-sufficiency." The same point can be made on the m...

Who Is More Productive? And Why?

01.18.2006
Asian economies and the E.U. newcomers are becoming more efficient and higher efficiency is translating into higher incomes, with China and Poland leading the way, according to the new Conference Board survey, reports the Financial Times. The strong performance of China and other Asian economies in...

The Sins of Wages

01.18.2006
Alex beat me to the punch slightly with his post earlier today, but here’s more interesting information on China.    As Alex indicates in his post, productivity in China is growing by leaps and bounds.  However, the economy also has many problems, exacerbated by the Chinese government̵...

Fed Up With Corruption

01.17.2006
There is a serious crisis brewing in Mongolia.  The government has resigned last week, amid a growing citizen discontent with country’s poor economic performance – low incomes, high unemployment, etc.  People in Mongolia are also fed up with corruption. “Dawn has broken in Mon...

Gazprom: Investors Wanted

01.13.2006
Russian natural monopoly Gazprom is making the headlines again - but this time its not the Russia-Ukraine-EU oil "crisis."  This week, Gazprom opened its doors to foreign investors.  The result?  It now surpassed Wal-Mart and Procter and Gamble to become one of the world's 10 largest companies. ...

Tools to Fight Corruption

01.12.2006
The U.N. Convention Against Corruption has now entered into force as a result of 38 countries ratifying the convention out of the 140 that have signed the treaty. The Convention, which was adopted by the U.N.'s General Assembly in October 2003 is built on four pillars of prevention and criminalizati...

Evolving Corporate Governance in China

01.11.2006
Since the late 1980s, China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been undergoing a gradual process of transformation and privatization known as gaizhi. The government has reduced its share in smaller SOEs to as little as 10%. It has also introduced new governance mechanisms for both privatized and ...
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