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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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Your World, Better
Global Progress And What You Can Do About It
Charles Kenny - Mar 19, 2021
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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
Apr 08, 2021
Despite being moderately older than a young teenager, I find this book gripping from the very first page. Highly recommended.      source
The Plague Cycle
The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease
Charles Kenny - Jan 19, 2021
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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
Feb 16, 2021
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 - May 13, 2020
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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
Jan 23, 2021
I found this thesis original and compelling. There’s a book length treatment too, here—>      source
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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 - Oct 01, 2019
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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
Sep 28, 2018
“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
How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World
Andrew Leigh - Jun 18, 2018
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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
Aug 17, 2018
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