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Secret to development is to be taller! taller makes you happier, richer, smarter – thanks a lot from us short people, tall Anne Case and Angus Deaton!

False pessimism exposé: American children still doing better than their parents (Café Hayek) are they taller?

The Revolution is Twitterfied

Five years ago, CNN and 24-hour news channels and personal blogs captured US citizen dissent at the 2004 Presidential election results (or lack thereof). In 2008 TwitterVoteReport attempted to provide real-time election monitoring as US citizens posted voting experiences to their Twitter feeds. Concurrently the Obama campaign leveraged every social media tool in the book to engage US citizens, empower them with ways they could help, and ultimately contributed to winning the next presidency.

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Fund for Unsolvable Problems: is the IMF the new UN?

Scarcely another G-8 handshake goes by without piling another responsibility on the International Monetary Fund. The communiqué after the latest G8 Finance Ministers’ meeting last weekend asked the Fund to help devise “exit strategies” from stimulus at the exact right time in the exact right manner, which nobody knows and the G-8 cannot agree upon. Then they asked IMF should do more concessional lending to poor countries. So the IMF is only being put in charge of (1) the rich countries, and (2) the poor countries.

Is USAID about Aid or Development?

Guest blog by Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

FORGET “MIND THE GAP”

If anyone has ever taken the Underground in London if you take nothing away from it you always remember to “Mind the gap”. Apparently the Brits are clumsy when exiting the train onto the platform because at EVERY stop “Mind the Gap” is announced and the ironic thing is…there is no gap. Mike and I woke up at 3:30 and caught the shuttle bus to Heathrow Terminal 3 where we were told by the concierge to take the Underground to terminal 4. Apparently terminal 4 is on the other side of the airport. We arrived at terminal 3 only to find the station does not open until 5am or so.

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