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Afro-Economix

There are many things about the economy in Africa that are distinct from the US. In a lot of places, you bargain over prices. White people consistently pay more. Fruit, meat, and other foodstuffs are often all bought from different … Continue reading

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The Next Step

Some of the most exciting research in develop (at least in my estimation) is examining the effect of being in poverty on cognitive performance. The research suggests, people who are in poverty are not inherently less intelligent. However, being in … Continue reading

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Field Trip

While in Ethiopia, my bosses came to see the project I was working on, and to meet for a conference discussing our program with the implementing organization, USAID, the World Bank, and some other organizations. Part of the conference included … Continue reading

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Third World People Have First World Problems Too

For this blog, I’d like to think I do better than identifying things that are wrong and pointing out that they are wrong. However, in this case, I can’t resist. On Facebook, I recently saw this YouTube video posted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3HrkQaPHAA It’s … Continue reading

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The Art of the Survey

I spent most of my most recent time on my project reviewing data, managing finances, and doing other day-to-day project tasks, from learning what the average profit on goats sales is to preparing a list of households to be surveyed … Continue reading

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Trick-Or-Birr

The Tigray Region of Ethiopia has its own version of trick-or-treating. Or for all I know, the US has its own version of Tigray’s celebration to honor St. Mary. Once a year, for three days, women and girls in Tigray … Continue reading

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Put it in Your Piggy/Goat Bank

When those of us in the United States talk about illiquid savings, we tend to still be talking about some sort of financial instrument, held at a formal financial institution. For instance, we might have a CD or a bond … Continue reading

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