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Lee Crawfurd
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Do teachers skip class because of low pay?
Teacher absenteeism is a huge problem in developing countries, wasting up to a quarter of all spending on primary education in developing countries. The 2014  Education for All Global Monitoring Report , which was launched in London last week, puts the prob...
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What do (cutting-edge, leading, academic) development economists do?
Apparently not what developing country policy-makers want to know about. Jeffrey Hammer has a fairly damning report from the recent IGC conference in Lahore on the World Bank blog . The IGC funds research by many of the world's top development economists, a...
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The new childcare subsidy in the UK
The IFS : "Today’s announcements indicate that the Government’s main motive is to help parents move into work. As we pointed out in the IFS 2014 Green Budget , we know remarkably little about the impact of the policies to support childcare that have been in...
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Coach Zoran and his African Tigers
A new documentary, about the first ever manager of the first ever South Sudanese national football team. His name is Zoran, and he swears like a trooper. It's an entertaining story, filmed in 2012 and set against the backdrop of some beautiful footage of Ju...
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Development as... no measurable increase in happiness
Recent Chinese economic growth has led to half a billion people being lifted out of poverty , without doubt just an amazing wonderful story. The poverty rate halved in just over a decade. Human development - measuring not just income but also health and edu...
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You won't believe these 8,000 children who are actually going to starve to death today
I'm trying to write a pithy summary or pick a smart quote from Abhijeet Singh's new blog about malnutrition up on Ideas for India but it's hard not to just be deeply depressed when thinking about malnutrition. We apparently live in the 21st Century where fl...
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What do development economists do?
A series of youtube interviews profiling the careers of 6 development economists; Angela Ambroz (IGC, former ODI fellow & JPAL), Luca Pellerano (OPM and IFS), Peter D'Souza (DFID), Sarah Lilley (Save the Children), Henry Mphwanthe (ODI fellow), and Aarushi ...
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What should DFID do internationally (i.e. not in client countries)?
From the  Development Studies Association : DFID is discussing what their priority international actions should be over the next 2-5 years and beyond. By international actions they mean actions that use their spending, effort and influence to cause somethin...
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The political economy of why flights are so expensive in Africa
Andrea Goldstein of the OECD emails an old but very interesting paper ( ungated here ) in response to my post on the AfDB blog about African Airlines . He makes two points and offers two recommendations First, in the experience of OECD countries, " liberali...
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Why are there so few blogs by British academic economists?
In the US, to name just a few, you have Mankiw Krugman DeLong Acemoglu/Robinson Becker Thoma Cowen/Tabarrok Easterly Blattman Rodrik Landsburg McKenzie/Ozler et al Caplan In the UK I count Simon Wren-Lewis Henry Overman Danny Quah Matt Collin Hypotheses: 1....
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  • Oxford Policy Management
    Consultant, 2011 - present
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
    Communications Coordinator, 2010 - 2011
  • Ministry of Finance, South Sudan
    Economist, 2008 - 2010
  • DWP, UK Government
    Economist, 2007 - 2008
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New Haven, Connecticut, USA - Leeds, UK - Chatel, France - London, UK - Juba, Sudan - Todmorden, UK
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I'm an economist working on education policy at Oxford Policy Management.
Education
  • University of Oxford
    MSc Economics for Development, 2006 - 2007
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
    BSc Development Economics, 2003 - 2006