Productivity

The “Last Mile” Challenge—What Will Get Us Over the Finish Line?

November 14, 2016

Safety nets and labor productivity are not mutually exclusive in eradicating global poverty.   A couple dozen women in central Afghanistan have made some big changes in their small villages. As the New York Times reported recently, women in the …

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Tracking Economic Growth, Prosperity and Inclusion in US Metros

July 21, 2016

by Amy Liu A recent analysis by the Brookings Institution shows growth alone does not deliver rising productivity or living standards for all. There is much soul-searching on both sides of the Atlantic about the voter discontent that led to …

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Financing Water: Taking Microloans Beyond Business

August 5, 2016

An innovative model for helping the poor access clean water to live healthier and more productive lives. Published in partnership with News Deeply For a long time, microloans for household water and sanitation (WASH) investment did not seem fundable. They’re …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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The Good Emerging Market Shock That’s on the Way

September 22, 2015

The coming boom in middle-class consumption in key emerging markets can create new opportunities for growth and employment around the globe By Yuwa Hedrick-Wong If you’ve been paying attention to any news about the economy in the past few weeks, …

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How India’s Smart Cities Can Write a New Chapter in 21st-Century Development

August 14, 2015

Uniting technology and democratic governance can chart a course for a future of inclusive economic growth in India En route to his historic win in the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi put forth a vision for driving India’s long-term economic growth: …

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Economic Development and Productivity: The Crucial Linkage of Inclusive Growth

August 12, 2015

By Yuwa Hedrick-Wong It is commonly acknowledged that poor countries are poor because they suffer from generally low level of productivity. In poor countries individuals, businesses, and even entire industries are often stuck in low productivity activities. This is due …

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