Six Facts: The Impact of Rising World Food Prices

A closer look at rising world food prices can show us how much, where, why, and their impact on hunger in low income nations.

How to Untangle Africa’s Supply Chain

Constrained by a slew of tariff and non-tariff barriers, African nations hope to boost economic growth with a multinational market.

How to Create a New City

Through a new city, investors are creating an economic development zone in Honduras that depends on libertarian ideas and technology.

What We Should Know About 58.3 degrees

We could call 58.3°F the Goldilocks temperature. It’s not too hot, not too cold, but just right. An IMF paper explained why we need to know this. Electricity Use The study In a recent working paper, an IMF economist hypothesizes…

How Kenya’s Avocados Could Harm Its Elephants

In Kenya, 2,000 elephants might no longer be able to use a wildlife corridor that lets them travel among three national parks. The reason is the avocado. Kenya’s Avocado Exports On approximately 175 acres, near Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, KiliAco…

How a Fake Country Fooled the Big Banks

As an emerging markets investor in 19th century South America, it was tough to find out what was really happening. At best, up-to-date news had a three month journey. Even with good winds, the round trip between London and South…

Deciding When To Give Cash

At home and in developing nations, we can ask if the best way to fight poverty is by giving goods and services or through cash transfers.

Comparing Welfare in 13 Countries

Although the per capita GDP gap between two countries could appear large, the difference shrinks when you bring welfare into your calculations.

The Country That Was Called a Serial (Debt) Deadbeat

When an emerging markets nation like Argentina has a vulnerable economy, then the pandemic lockdown can create a sovereign debt default.