London School of Economics has a great podcast involving Stuart Corbridge, Paul Collier and Dani Rodrik. The podcast is of a panel held to commemorate the life of W. Arthur Lewis, and in addition to Collier and Rodrik being fascinating on development economics, Stuart Corbridge (the host) offers a good summary of Lewis’s life, including some sobering description of the racism Lewis faced in his early academic career.
Poor cities are cheap places to live, right? Wrong. Or at least wrong if, like Luanda, you’re the capital city of a country in the grip of the resource curse.
File under intriguing (not to mention handy if you’re looking for some peace and quiet): while the globe’s population as a whole is increasing rapidly, at least 11 countries are getting (or are expected to get) less populous.
And similarly, while it’s easy to get caught up in all the negative news out there (though the folks at the Solutions Journalism Network are valiantly trying to do something about that), here are 26 indications that things are getting better.