Welcome to the first edition of the Center for International Development's Research Newsletter. Here at CID, faculty, fellows and students work to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.
We focus on International Development and are fortunate to have prolific teams - Evidence for Policy Design, The Growth Lab and Building State Capability - working on breakthrough research and practical tools. Through this newsletter, we hope to make it easier for you to access current and relevant research; keep you informed on our initiatives; and to stay connected to the CID community.
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| Featured Research Program
The Growth Lab works to answer the age-old questions, "How do countries grow?" and "Why do some countries grow while others lag behind?" and "What can countries do to accelerate the growth process?" Current research examines the role of productive knowledge and how societies accumulate it to produce more, and more complex products. Read more about the Growth Lab, Economic Complexity and the innovative online tools already being used by economists and practitioners at organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, DFID and governments around the world. Read more >>
| Featured Publication
Autocratic regimes have often used mass media as a tool for justifying state-sponsored violence and influencing citizen behavior during times of conflict. But does mass communication directly impact civilian participation in acts of violence? In new research, David Yanagizawa-Drott explores this question by examining the impact of "hate radio" on communal violence during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. His results indicate that radio broadcasts did in fact play a significant role in fueling violence - explaining approximately 10% of participation in the Genocide - and suggest that this mass media effect works not only through persuasion but also by facilitating coordination of violence. Read more >>
Institutional reforms are common across the globe. Think of efforts to build new governments in Afghanistan and Iraq; or decades worth of interventions intended to improve fiscal management, reduce corruption or introduce efficient public sector service delivery in African countries. These reforms often have limited results, however. They lead to new laws that are not properly implemented, and new organizations that have poor capacities and fail to function as needed. In this book, Matt Andrews explains why reform results are frequently limited and suggests ways to overcome these limits. Read more >>