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Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur

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Devesh Kapur, Professor of South Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, is the co-author of The World Bank: Its First Half Century.

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  1. The Absent Voices of Development Economics
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    The Absent Voices of Development Economics

    Mar 26, 2021 Arvind Subramanian & Devesh Kapur show how randomized controlled trials are amplifying the Global South’s underrepresentation in the field.

  2. The Crisis India Needed
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    The Crisis India Needed

    Jul 6, 2020 Devesh Kapur thinks China’s recent aggression will force Narendra Modi’s government to launch long-overdue reforms.

  3. What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?
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    What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?

    Oct 18, 2019 Devesh Kapur traces the divergent paths of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank since their founding.

  4. Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?
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    Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?

    Dec 3, 2018 Devesh Kapur & Arvind Subramanian identify three intellectual sins of omission that have undermined the organization's impact and credibility.

  5. Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation
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    Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation

    Jul 12, 2017 Devesh Kapur worries that, at a time of rising nationalism, simmering historical anger will boil over.

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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.
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    King Trump on Trial

    Richard K. Sherwin

    High-ranking Republican politicians have lately been turning up at Donald Trump’s New York City trial to demonstrate solidarity with the former president. But their attendance also serves a more alarming purpose: to validate Trump as a competing source of sovereign power, independent of the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    explains why a parade of Republican leaders have made appearances at the former president’s trial in New York.
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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
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    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

    William H. Janeway details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.

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