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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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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Amid heated debates about the factors that led Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it helps to distinguish between deep, intermediate, and immediate causes. But while each can matter in their own ways, war need not be considered inevitable even when they are all present.

    considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.
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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.
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    Helen Clark at Investing in Health for All

    Helen Clark delivers the closing keynote address at our October 2022 virtual event, Investing in Health for All.
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    Back to the Brink in Iran

    Amin Saikal explains why the regime may no longer be able to quell popular protest with force alone.

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