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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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"No matter your politics or home country this will change how you think about the movement of people between poor and rich of the best books on immigration written in a generation." --Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted The definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino...
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
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Why economists' attempts to help poorer countries improve their economic well-being have failed.Since the end of World War II, economists have tried to figure out how poor countries in the tropics could attain standards of living approaching those of countries in Europe and North America. Attempted remedies have included providing foreign aid, inve...
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 - 2021-03-19
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Written for the smart and engaged middle school student, Your World, Better looks at how America and the World has changed since the reader's parents and grandparents were young: what has happened to health and wealth, homes, school and work, rights and democracy, war and the environment, happiness and depression. It reports the positive trends, th...
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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A vivid, sweeping history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease, for readers of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and John Barry’s The Great Influenza.For four thousand years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. Striking humanity in waves, the cycle of plagues s...
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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Ballot box voting is often considered the essence of political freedom. But, it has two major shortcomings: individual voters have little chance of making a difference, and they also face strong incentives to remain ignorant about the issues at stake. "Voting with your feet," however, avoids both of these pitfalls and offers a wider range of choice...
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 - 2019-10-01
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Why the news about the global decline of infectious diseases is not all good.Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the sto...
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 - 2018-06-18
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A fascinating account of how radical researchers have used experiments to overturn conventional wisdom and shaped life as we know it Experiments have consistently been used in the hard sciences, but in recent decades social scientists have adopted the practice. Randomized trials have been used to design policies to increase educational attainment, ...
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