Are we inadvertently doing something good for the environment?

By: Lykke E. Andersen* To celebrate Earth Day 2017, which is tomorrow, I would like to highlight the important findings of a paper by Campbell et al. published earlier this month in Nature (1). The paper documents, through the analysis of air trapped in ice from Antarctica, that the growth …

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Equal pay for unequal work: A gender analysis of productivity at INESAD

By: Lykke E. Andersen* At INESAD there is no gender discrimination in salaries. But there ought to be. As I will show in this blog, women at INESAD are on average about four times more productive than men. Admittedly, it is a small sample. We are currently only six senior …

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Killing us softly: On gender and violence

By: Lykke E. Andersen* In 2013, Bolivia passed Law No. 348 titled “The Integral Law to Guarantee Women a Life Without Violence” in order to address the high levels of physical and sexual violence against women, and the unacceptably high levels of femicide (basically defined as a woman being killed …

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If we could measure poverty by gender, what would we find?

By: Lykke E. Andersen* Poverty is usually measured at the household level, and since there is pretty much the same number of women as men in each household, poverty rates have almost by definition been identical for men and women. This fact, however, has not prevented thousands of articles from …

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The need to amend Bolivia’s historic unbalanced growth pattern


By: Luis Carlos Jemio Ph.D.   Historically, Bolivia’s economic growth patterns have depended on export commodity sectors, namely minerals and hydrocarbons, which booms and collapses have determined the behavior of the economy as a whole. Past economic growth patterns have resulted in distorted economic structures, and did not promote better …

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21 reasons why you should never date an economist (Anniversary edition)

By: Lykke E. Andersen* Today I have been married 20 years to an economist, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to update our favorite Development Roast post of all time (21 reasons why you should never date an economist), taking advantage of the creative feedback of our …

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On politics and parallel universes

By: Lykke E. Andersen I usually don’t write about politics because I worry more about the long-run, structural obstacles to development, instead of bothering about short-term wriggles, which tend to work themselves out quickly. However, I do worry that the upcoming US election might affect the long-run direction of development …

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Equality of opportunity and early childhood nutrition in Bolivia

By: Lykke E. Andersen Creating equality of opportunity is one of the most important roles of the government in any country. It is about leveling the playing field, so that children born into disadvantaged families (through no fault of their own, obviously) will not automatically become disadvantaged themselves and will …

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