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The Future of Human Development

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It’s been 25 years since the first UNDP Human Development Report affirmed that income growth alone does not improve human wellbeing. How can the human-development approach be used to help policymakers tackle today's complex global challenges?

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  1. From War to Work
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    From War to Work

    Jun 9, 2016 Frances Stewart debunks the conventional wisdom that job creation prevents violent conflict.

  2. Living Free and Equal
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    Living Free and Equal

    Apr 5, 2016 Rebeca Grynspan calls for redistributive policies to enable countries to reduce poverty and inequality.

  3. Learning Without Theory
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    Learning Without Theory

    Mar 30, 2016 Ricardo Hausmann says that when it comes to economic growth and development, we should not confuse "what" and "how."

  4. From Child Slavery to Freedom
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    From Child Slavery to Freedom

    Jan 21, 2016 Kailash Satyarthi explains why 5.5 million kids remain in servitude – and what must be done to end the practice.

  5. Education in an Uncertain World
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    Education in an Uncertain World

    Dec 16, 2015 Andreas Schleicher considers the skills that today's graduates need to cope with rapid technological change.

  6. The Evolution of Work
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    The Evolution of Work

    Dec 9, 2015 Dani Rodrik explains why the outlook is mixed for labor in developing countries.

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    What Democrats Can Learn from the Science of Cooperation

    Antara Haldar

    While the Democrats have aired their dirty laundry in public, the Republicans have put on an ostentatious display of unity at their nominating convention. Evolutionary science shows that the former would do well to emulate the latter and unite quickly behind Kamala Harris.

    thinks a failure to unite fully behind Kamala Harris will give the Republicans a big advantage.
  2. delong262_Brandon BellGetty Images_nikkihaley Brandon Bell/Getty Images

    Patriotic Grift

    J. Bradford DeLong clarifies the fundamental difference between today's Democrats and Republicans.
  3. skidelsky203_Christopher FurlongGetty Images_rachel reeves Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    Labour’s Economic Plan Lacks Keynesian Ambition

    Robert Skidelsky explains why the new government’s agenda is more of a gamble on growth than a concrete action plan.
  4. beraja1_Kevin FrayerGetty Images_chinafacialrecognition Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

    China Is Exporting Its AI Surveillance State

    Contrary to what many Western policymakers and commentators once hoped, recent analyses have added to the evidence that trade does not always foster democracy or liberalize regimes. Instead, China’s greater integration with the developing world appears to be doing precisely the opposite.

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    Why Are Stocks, Gold, and the Dollar Surging?

    Jeffrey Frankel considers the economic and political factors pushing asset values to all-time highs.
  6. watkins29_Luis AlvarengaGetty Images_brazilfoodprogram Luis Alvarenga/Getty Images

    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
  8. zizek33_CRISTINA ALDEHUELAAFP via Getty Images_agbogbloshie Cristina Aldehuela/AFP via Getty Images

    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.

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