Launch of IGDC and the Heterodox Development Economics Project

In June 2018, the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre was launched (my new employer). During the launch, I held a presentation of my project “Heterodox Development Economics” and gave some remarks. See the promo video from the event below.

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New paper: ‘Caveat emptor: the Graduation Approach, electronic payments and the potential pitfalls of financial inclusion’

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Paulo dos Santos and I recently published a piece in Policy in Focus 14 (2): 55-57. This is a publication by The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. You can also read the piece on Developing Economics.

New Edited Volume: Conversations on Dependency Theory

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An e-book I co-edited on dependency theory was recently published on the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s (INET) website. The e-book is the first volume of the e-book series Dialogues on Development and it includes 13 interviews with prominent scholars who have differing views on dependency theory.

Read about the e-book on INET’s website.

Download the e-book.

Download individual chapters (interviewees in brackets):

New blog: Developing Economics

Last month, I created the Developing Economics blog. This blog takes a critical approach to development economics and seeks to stimulate debate and critical reflection among academics and practitioners from all relevant fields. I decided to create this platform after noticing that although there are a lot of great blogs on heterodox economics and on international development, there is no blog devoted to the specific niche of heterodox/critical thinking on economic development.

The blog is meant to be hub for critical thinking (not just my opinions), so please get in touch should you want to contribute to the blog! Many excellent guest bloggers have already contributed.

You can also follow the blog on Twitter and like it on Facebook.

Blog post: Why Isn’t The World Bank’s Choice of Chief Economist More Controversial?

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I wrote this piece for The New School Economic Review (NSER) blog.

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New book chapter: “The Changing Character of Financial Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa”

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Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets Current Perils and Future Dawns (ed. by Aleksandr V.Gevorkyan and Otaviano Canuto) was published recently. In it, I have a chapter on the changing character of financial flows to sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 223-245). Continue reading “New book chapter: “The Changing Character of Financial Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa””

Debating Development Conference

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Last month a group of us at The New School and the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative working group on Economic Development organized an interdisciplinary and critical conference on regional challenges and competing theories of development. The Debating Development conference brought together professors and students from a variety of regions, institutions, and disciplines. Read more about (and join!) the YSI Economic Development working group.

Coverage and footage of the conference

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Global Development Goals: If at All, Why, When and How? (new paper)

New School Professor Sanjay Reddy and are publishing our paper on global goals today. We raise some basic conceptual questions regarding global development goals: Why have them at all? What function, if any, might they serve, and under what conditions could they do so successfully? Based on our answers to these questions, we identify serious inadequacies in the contemporary approach to development goals and relate these to weaknesses in how the goals were conceived and formulated. Despite these failings, higher-level goals may play a useful role if the practical approach to them is embedded in a holistic and integrated vision of a better world. Focusing on goals rather than targets opens needed space for flexibility, innovation, and fuller democratic accountability.

Download the working paper here (SSRN) and read my blog post on the New School Economic Review here.