It is a rare for a single company's arrival in a nation to be transformative. But the decision of BeamOne, an American firm, to begin operating in Costa Rica in 2008 marks an exception. Medical devices producers need sterilization. BeamOne's arrival to fulfill that need for a growing cluster of multinationals in the life sciences industry meant a mini revolution in the … [Read more...] about Boosting Productive Capabilities to Transform a Nation
Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director of ideas42, a non-profit consulting firm that has grown from a small project of top academics at Harvard to a cutting-edge promoter of scalable behavioral interventions with global influence. A former director of organizations dealing with poverty, health and educational issues, she works with ideas42 in its efforts to address a host of … [Read more...] about Social Environments and the Behavioral Interventions That Work
When tennis great Andre Agassi flamed out at age 26 dropping from No. 1 in the world to a humiliating No. 141 two years later, commentators attacked his vanity, emotional instability and erratic behavior. Agassi had triumphed in three of tennis's four great tournaments. How could he descend to such lows, where he would deliberately lose an important match, bad-mouth other … [Read more...] about What Can Andre Agassi Teach Us About Socio-Emotional Skills?
Around 11 years ago, two leading economists who had been collaborating for years surveyed the current state of continuing education in economics and saw a large gap. There were lots of programs providing formal education. But there were virtually none offering mid-career professionals the latest tools for dealing with financial issues in emerging markets in a compact format. … [Read more...] about Unique Opportunity to Delve into Macroeconomics at Columbia University
Can internet access at home stimulate learning among children? It is an especially urgent question in developing countries where digital access and educational achievement lag considerably behind those in developed ones. Ofer Malamud, Santiago Cueto, Diether Beuermann and I decided to address the issue in an experiment where we provided both laptops and internet access to … [Read more...] about Can the Internet Boost Learning in Latin America?