Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

A political economy of overoptimism – Measuring global poverty before and during the pandemic

The contribution of this paper is to question the ‘official’ estimates of global monetary poverty up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We argue there is a political economy of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 5 January 2022 · Leave a comment

Gasoline, Guns, and Giveaways: Is There New Capacity for Redistribution to End Three Quarters of Global Poverty?

This paper argues that approximately three-quarters of global poverty, at least at the lower poverty lines, could now be eliminated—in principle—via redistribution of nationally available resources in terms of cash … Continue reading

Thursday, 18 August 2016 · Leave a comment

An Optimistic View of the Long-Run Evolution of Poverty in Indonesia

Indonesia has achieved well-documented and drastic improvements in average incomes and in the reduction of poverty. Much research has discussed this progress. This paper adds to the literature with a … Continue reading

Thursday, 7 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Is the Devil in the Details? Estimating Global Poverty

Economists’ assumptions, even about seemingly “small” matters, make an enormous difference to global poverty estimates but their impact often goes unnoticed, and the choices made have been badly justified. We … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Did Global Poverty just fall a lot, quite a bit or not at all?

Andy Sumner – The future of aid is related – to some extent – to trends in global poverty and where the poor live. But new price data is causing … Continue reading

Sunday, 24 August 2014 · Leave a comment