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 Patents Create Vaccine Tradeoffs

To be sure that vaccine markets travel from the developed nations to developing economies, we might have to accept some costly tradeoffs.

The Ups and Downs of Chinese Economic Growth

A slew of alternative indicators can be used to check the accuracy of recent Chinese economic growth numbers.

Where Smartphones Have to be Clever

Targeting a less literate, poorer population, developing nations’ smartphones are different from their “sisters” in industrialized countries.

The Travels of Our Jeans

At a facility in Western India, you would see the worn clothing that sorters had grabbed from a conveyor belt. Separating the T-shirts, the jeans, the sweatshirts and every other garment you can imagine, these workers are a link in a global secondhand clothing chain.…

The Gallons of Gas That a Worker Can Buy

Comparing the purchasing power for a Big Mac and a gallon of gasoline, we can form hypotheses about worker well-being in developed and developing nations.

How to Correct Misleading Statistics

For African nations like Rwanda, inaccurate and misleading statistics about poverty and growth can be supplemented with satellite and cell phone data.

Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly news roundup includes Starbucks Rewards and marginal thinking, the opportunity cost of housework, and how clothing affects human capital.

Weekly Roundup: From Fed Dots to Income Traps

Our economic news summary includes interest rates and the Fed, inequality and developing nations, space travel innovation and consumer spending changes.

Part 1: The Trap That China Wants to Avoid

Currently slowing down, China’s economic growth might be challenged by the middle income trap that has caught Brazil but not Taiwan or Malaysia.