Weekly links October 19: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – but only if you live in a rich and equal country, updates in randomization inference, graduation programs vs cash, small clusters not such a problem? (World Bank blogs)



The Economics of the Climate Crisis (Project-Syndicate)


It is now clear that the world’s current efforts to combat climate change are woefully inadequate. As the likelihood of catastrophic developments in the not-too-distant future increases, climate-change economists must adjust their models accordingly.

The Sino-American Cold War’s Collateral Damage (Project-Syndicate)


Despite the low probability of a direct military clash between the US and China, a Sino-American cold war would undoubtedly produce collateral damage so far-reaching and severe that the very future of humanity could be jeopardized. But it is not too late for the US and China to change course.


The Disruptive Power of Ethnic Nationalism (Project-Syndicate)


The backlash against globalization has brought a resurgence of the old-fashioned politics of blood and belonging. Unless countries devise a new way to balance liberal democratic values and people’s craving for a sense of belonging, they will end up paving a path to disaster.


Foreign policy blunders threaten Australia’s prosperity (East Asia Forum)

Foreign policy blunders threaten Australia’s prosperity

The status of Jerusalem has been central to the Arab–Israeli dispute for more than a century. Since recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel presupposes the outcome of the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians of a comprehensive two-state solution, the international community, with the exception of the United States under Trump, has refrained from doing this.

John McCarthy, AIIA

It’s time for ‘Nutrition Smart Agriculture’ (World Bank blogs)


Helena Costa, a smallholder from Sao Tome & Principe, has been investing in her family’s small agribusiness for a decade, wanting it to be more productive, more profitable, and produce quality fruits and vegetable products to supply local and export markets.  The quality improvements she’s invested in include food safety practices, shifting to organic production, and planting biofortified crops.  However, these food quality improvements are not yet recognized by the market. So, for Helena, improving the nutritional value of her food products is an extra cost that puts her at a disadvantage in relation to her competitors.


Addressing Child Malnutrition in Yemen: Muneera’s story (World Bank blogs)


“We had lost hope,” said Muneera’s father. “As her health deteriorated and her body weakened, we worried that she could not last much longer.” Six months short of her fourth birthday, Muneera was suffering the effects of malnutrition, which had put her life in danger. Though she lived near Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, Muneera’s family did not have the resources to take her for medical care. Like thousands of other children in Yemen, the deteriorating conditions due to ongoing instability had led to malnutrition.


Behind Closed Doors: how traditional measures of poverty mask inequality inside the household and a new look at possible solutions (World Bank blogs)


During the days coming up to, and after October 17, when many stories, numbers, and calls for action will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we want to invite you to think for a second on what you imagine a poor household to be like. Is this a husband, wife, and children, or maybe an elderly couple? Are the children girls or boys? And more importantly, do all experience the same deprivations and challenges from the situation they live in?  In a recent blog post and paper, we showed that looking at who lives in poor homes—from gender differences to household composition more broadly—matters  to better understand and tackle poverty.


An important week for infrastructure & multilateral cooperation (World Bank blogs)


Against the backdrop of catastrophic natural disasters that struck in Indonesia, the World Bank Group and IMF Annual Meetings took place last week in Bali. No scene could be more illustrative of the fragility of infrastructure in the face of more extreme and frequent weather events—and the urgent need for meticulous planning, with an eye for resilience.