International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Dissecting Mechanisms of Financial Crises: Intermediation and Sentiment

June 2020

We develop a model of financial crises with both a financial amplification mechanism, via frictional intermediation, and a role for sentiment, via time-varying beliefs about an illiquidity state....

Intermediation in Mortgage-Backed Securities: The Plantation Business of F.W. Hudig, 1759-1797

June 2020

Dutch-Caribbean plantations attracted substantial outside funding in the 1760s. This came to an abrupt end after the 1773 credit crisis.

Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

March 2020

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, we document that immigrants assimilated into US society at similar rates in the past and present.

Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies

December 2017

Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies is a three-volume set that aims to provide an accessible reference for those interested in the aims and implementation of food and farm...

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

January 2017

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality?...

Self-Centered Inequity Aversion and the Mass Politics of Taxation

September 2016

The politics of economic crises brings distributive economic conflict to the fore of national political debates.

German Jewish Émigrés and U.S. Invention

December 2014

Historical accounts suggest that Jewish émigrés from Nazi Germany revolutionized U.S. science.

Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence, and Public Policy

June 2014

Have the poor always been less likely to migrate? Evidence from inheritance practices during the Age of Mass Migration

May 2013

Using novel data on 50,000 Norwegian men, we study the effect of wealth on the probability of internal or international migration during the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1913), a time when the US...

The Swiss Miracle? Beyond Chocolate, Cheese, and Banking

April 2013

Europe Cannot Remain What it is. Europe's Crisis and the Perspectives

March 2013

Patents and Innovation: Evidence from Economic History

January 2013

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Comparative analysis of data frameworks for agricultural policy analysis: The WTO-notificaitons and the OECD's PSE database

December 2012

The OECD and the WTO have accumulated systematic data on the magnitude of support going to farmers as a result of farm policies.

Towards a Theory of Policy Timing

September 2012

The paper presents a theory of policy timing that relies on uncertainty and transaction costs to explain the optimal timing and duration of policy reforms.

Ends of Enlightenment

July 2012

Ends of Enlightenment is a collection of essays that explore three realms of eighteenth-century European innovation that remain active in the twenty-first century: the realist novel, philosophical...

Neuroeconomy: An Emerging Field of Theory and Practice

July 2012

This article gives a short, introductory overview of basic aspects of the emerging field of neuroeconomics, as a contemporary approach to economic theory and practice.

Does China Want to Buy Europe? Europe's Crisis and China's Reluctant Rise

March 2012

Regional Integration and Agricultural Trade Policy

December 2011

The WTO Agricultural Modalities Proposals and their Impact on Domestic Support in the EU and the US

December 2011

The European Union

December 2011

WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support: Seeking a Fair Basis for Trade

December 2011

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