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The Implications of Complexity for Development - Owen Barder

In this lecture, adapted from his May 2012 Kapuściński Lecture, Owen Barder explores the implications of complexity theory for development policy. He explains how traditional economic models have tried and failed to understand why some countries have managed to improve living standards while other countries have not.

2009 Commitment to Development Index Webinar (slidecast)

In 2008, the United States finished 17th in the Index. Did it do any better in 2009? How did the other wealthy countries fare? To find out, and to understand the data behind the rankings, watch the Webinar that took place on Oct. 20.  The Webinar includes an overview of the Index and the 2009 results from CGD research fellow David Roodman. CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet, a former deputy assistant secretary of Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, will discuss the implications of the Index results for the ongoing debate over reforming U.S. development policy.

The Banking Crisis in Mexico and the U.S. (slidecast)

In this presentation, CGD senior fellow Liliana Rojas-Suarez compares the most important features of the Mexico’s banking crisis in the mid-1990s and the current crisis in the United States. The presentation reveals large similarities in the causes of the crises. In particular the root cause of both crises can be found in significant regulatory deficiencies in the context of an expansionary monetary policy. When comparing the resolution processes, key similarities between the two crises, especially with respect to political constraints and indecisive policy reactions are also found.

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The Banking Crisis in Mexico