Do cash transfer programs in developing countries reduce incentives to work? Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Gabriel Kreindler and Benjamin Olken provide good evidence they don’t. (The World Bank also has an interesting discussion of what recent research says about designing effective cash transfers.)
Is China’s aid program popular in China? Not particularly, according to this Brookings commentary. Also on China, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, Austin Strange and Michael Tierney have a fascinating blog on the mischaracterisation of Chinese aid in Africa. Also on China-Africa development cooperation, Deborah Bräutigam (author of The Dragon’s Gift and the China in Africa blog) writes: “Don’t get excited, China is not the new aid superpower“.
Chris Hoy at ODI has a good post on inequality, poverty and development.
And, to end on a happy note, Steven Radelet has a well-argued article in the Journal of Democracy in which he contends that development is occurring, and occurring quite rapidly, even in (most) of the world’s poorest countries. The article is paywalled, but an excellent talk based on the article can be found here.
(Thank you to Ashlee Betteridge and Jonathan Wilson for helping with links for this post.)