(With Rahul Lahoti) The World Bank’s global poverty estimates suffer from deep-seated problems arising from a single source, the lack of a standard for identifying who is poor and who is not that is consistent and meaningful. The new choice of an international poverty line of $1.90 (2011 PPP) does not in any way resolve … More $1.90 Per Day: What Does It Say?
See the new blog entry on the “devil in the details” when estimating global poverty on the webpage of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, by Rahul Lahoti and I.
Now that the dust has just begun to settle after the self- and mutual congratulations of last week’s launch of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, it is time to ask: what now? In a paper we release today (click here to download a pdf version) Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and I raise some basic conceptual questions … More Global Development Goals: If at All, Why, When and How?
The migrants come and come. They come in their boatloads. They are smuggled in cars and lorries. They come on foot. Sometimes, when they can pass the gauntlet of document checkers, they arrive by air. They come from near and far, from war zones that are unimaginably difficult, where they once led comfortable lives, and … More In the Shadow of Lampedusa
On April 27th, 2015, I participated in a very interesting panel discussion at the University of Toronto on the abolition of India’s once important Planning Commission by the Government of India and its replacement by a new institution called the Niti Aayog — an act that some have welcomed as necessary in order to establish a new policy … More The Abolition of India’s Planning Commission
[with Ingrid Kvangraven (email@example.com); The New School for Social Research, New York: published in a slightly different version today on the FT online] Should we really have new global development goals? The push for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — meant to guide the process of global development from 2015 to 2030 and expected to be adopted … More Global Goals: For What?
The events of this week approach the level of the world historical. As so often, the weak link in any claim to systemic rationality proves to be in one or another periphery, in this case Greece. The crisis makes bare the underlying logic propelling certain actors or institutions, their attitudes as well as their internal … More Greece and the Eurozone: The Real Stakes