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Michael Andrew Clemens is an American development economist. He is a senior fellow and research manager at the Center for Global Development, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, where he leads the Migration and Development initiative and serves as CGD's Research Manager.
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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
Jason Deparle - 2019-08-20
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Follow the three-generation journey of a Filipino family as they escape poverty and rise from shantytown to global middle class in this riveting chronicle of global migration. Through Tita and Rosalie's stories, we see the struggles and sacrifices of millions of immigrants worldwide. Expertly combining the personal and panoramic, this book presents a family saga and a worldwide phenomenon that is both ordinary and extraordinary.
Michael Clemens
@GeoRosenberg @mattkahn1966 Indeed, @JasonDeParle’s book is indispensable for anyone wanting to understand global migration at all levels:      source
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Fareed Zakaria
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The Elusive Quest for Growth
Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics
William R. Easterly - 2002-08-08 (first published in 2001)
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Looking for insight into why attempts to help poorer countries attain economic success have failed? Look no further than this accessible and thought-provoking read from author William R. Easterly. Analyzing a variety of proposed solutions - from foreign aid to education - it becomes clear that the issue isn't necessarily with the economic principles themselves, but rather their practical application. Join Easterly in exploring the importance of growth, the solutions that haven't worked, and possible alternative approaches grounded in economic incentives.
Michael Clemens
Reading this book changed my professional trajectory permanently. It remains highly relevant.      source
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Your World, Better
Global Progress And What You Can Do About It
Charles Kenny - 2021-03-18
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Discover the positive trends and problems that have shaped the world since your parents and grandparents were young. "Your World, Better" explores the changes in health, wealth, homes, school and work, rights and democracy, war and the environment, as well as happiness and depression. Written for smart and engaged middle school students, this book offers insights on what we can do to tackle the challenges that remain. Plus, all author royalties from sales will be donated to UNICEF.
Michael Clemens
Despite being moderately older than a young teenager, I find this book gripping from the very first page. Highly recommended.      source
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The Plague Cycle
The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease
Charles Kenny - 2021-01-19
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Discover the fascinating history of mankind's battles with infectious disease in The Plague Cycle. This gripping read explores how plagues have influenced the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires for over four thousand years. From exclusion methods like quarantining the sick to modern medicine, author Charles Kenny charts humanity's remarkable progress through history, economics, and public health. With climate and population fluctuations making us more vulnerable than ever to newly emerging plagues, urgent global cooperation is needed. This timely and vividly written book is perfect for fans of Yuval Harari's Sapiens and John Barry's The Great Influenza.
Michael Clemens
In The Plague Cycle, @charlesjkenny has an entire, fascinating chapter on the very long history of blaming infectious disease outbreaks on foreigners. The whole book offers a gripping and ultimately optimistic perspective on our current plight.      source
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Free to Move
Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom
Ilya Somin - 2020-05-13
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"Free to Move" by Ilya Somin explores how "voting with your feet" can enhance political liberty for individuals around the world. By making decisions about immigrating, choosing where to live within a federal system, and supporting certain private sector choices, people can avoid the pitfalls of traditional ballot box voting. Somin argues for expanded opportunities for foot voting domestically and internationally, and addresses common objections to migration rights. This thought-provoking book challenges conventional political viewpoints on both sides of the spectrum.
Michael Clemens
I found this thesis original and compelling. There’s a book length treatment too, here—>      source
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Tyler Cowen
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Plagues and the Paradox of Progress
Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways (The MIT Press)
Thomas J. Bollyky - 2018-10-09
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This book explores the decline of plagues and infectious diseases globally, and how it has impacted the evolution of modern states, cities, and national economies. While it's good news that fewer people are dying from infectious diseases, the author examines the unintended consequences and inequalities that have emerged. This book seamlessly weaves together a historical narrative with contemporary case studies to highlight the paradox in our fight against infectious diseases. It ultimately raises the question of what we should do next as we move forward with this progress.
Michael Clemens
“Why the news about the global decline of infectious diseases is not all good.” @TomBollyky's new book about the global health revolution spells out a new set of challenges for this century, including on migration      source
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How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World
Andrew Leigh - 2018-02-26
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A captivating glimpse into the world of social science experiments, this book explores how radical researchers have challenged conventional beliefs to shape our lives. From curing scurvy to improving literacy rates, the author shares fascinating stories of randomized trials that led to groundbreaking discoveries. Written in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of science to improve society.
Michael Clemens
Fascinating new book by @ALeighMP accessibly reviews how and why randomized trials rose in the social sciences @yalepress One thing he doesn't explain is how a person can have time to both write such a book and serve in Parliament (!)      source
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Dina D. Pomeranz