Fear stops Rohingya getting tested as virus hits refugee camps

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with symptoms of the novel coronavirus are not coming forward to get tested because they fear being separated from their families and held in isolation - one of many reasons it's difficult to know the true spread of the disease, according to a report by Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak.

Lockdowns work better for rich nations: Study

Social distancing can save a large number of lives in high-income countries because practically any economic cost is worth bearing, but in lower-income countries, the benefits diminish, according to a study by Mushfiq Mobarak and Zachary Barnett-Howell.

Yale study finds a majority of India’s poor women likely to miss Centre’s cash transfers

If the Government of India distributes COVID emergency cash payouts using only its digital banking program PMJDY, a majority of poor women may be excluded, according to research by Rohini Pande

Migration and risk sharing: Evidence from Bangladesh

Rural-to-urban migration can improve the allocation of labour, but can it have unintended consequences on risk-sharing in rural communities? Costas Meghir explains in an interview.

Responding to COVID-19 in the Developing World

What are the policy options when info channels are weak and the cost of social distancing may be going hungry? Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak explores the role of research and policy in Bangladesh and other developing countries for Yale Insights.

Abandon ideology-driven politics to create a dream team

Economist Yukiko Fukagawa, M.A. '95 Yale International and Development Economics program, now Waseda University, gives her thoughts on South Korea's Moon Jae-in administration.

A Silent Hero of the Coronavirus Crisis

A champion in the fight against COVID-19 is data-driven technology enabling governments to track the infected, contact them, & quarantine them early, says Penny Goldberg.

World Bank’s chief economist to return to Yale

Members of the Yale community react to news of the return of Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg to the Economics Department this Fall, and Penny gives her first public comments on her departure from the World Bank.

COVID-19 and Children’s Education

The time to plan large-scale summer learning programs is now. Column by Fabrizio Zilibotti.

Why the Economics of Coronavirus is Very Different from the Great Depression

Macroeconomic policy may help today, but it will be no panacea. The wealth of nations is determined by technology, human capital, institutions, and social cohesion. A column by Fabrizio Zilibotti.

The Fiscal Fight Against COVID-19

In the face of major challenges e.g. Japan's Typhoon Hagibis and now #COVID19, governments may need to defy fiscal conservatives and act quickly. Koichi Hamada, Yale Department of Economics / EGC Professor Emeritus, in Project Syndicate:

Pulling women into India's economy isn’t a function of budget alone

In India, giving poor, rural women control financial control over their own wages had a surprising range of effects. Rohini Pande and Charity Troyer Moore describe their research.

Not just for play: parent engagement can boost toddlers’ skills development

New research by EGC faculty Orazio Attanasio, Costas Meghir shows how encouraging poor families to make learning materials and involve their toddlers in household activities can improve cognitive and socio-emotional skills.

Women More Likely To Work If They Can Control Their Earnings: Study

Poor women in socially restrictive households in India were more likely to take up jobs if their wages were deposited into their bank accounts and they were trained in digital banking, according to new research by Rohini Pande and coauthors.

Altering social norms with Yale economist Rohini Pande

The new EGC director talks about challenging restrictive social norms, harnessing digital technology to increase women’s access to health care and employment in India — and economics as an agent of social justice.