Links I Liked

Spending the next two weeks in Australia (Melbourne and Canberra) and Vanuatu consulting on the book draft and global airline deaths
scavenging some last minute new material. Speaking in Melbourne at launch of Politics of Results book on Tuesday. Details here. Otherwise it’s all non-public events at ANU, DFAT etc. Also means I’m glad to see this Economist graph on how much safer air travel has become.

Back to last week’s links:

Why South African students have turned against their parents’ generation. Fascinating Guardian ‘long read’ by Eve Fairbanks

In Bangladesh, a half-century of saving lives with data. New angle on a massive health success story

Changing times. New African Centre for Obesity Prevention, launched in Johannesburg. South Africa is the worst affected (26.8% of population are obese)

Syrians v Jewish refugeesThe only thing Americans like less than Syrian refugees in 2016? Jewish refugees in 1939

How is Development Economics Taught in Developing Countries? More diverse, more case studies, less maths than in the North. Authors seem to think that is a bad thing. Sigh……

Magisterial and upbeat overview by planetary boundaries guru Johan Rockström of the state of the Anthropocene ahead of the Paris climate talks

A Western-educated leader is four times more likely to preside over a democratic transition. Cue discussion on direction of causation

There are at least six completely different meanings of ‘interesting’ in British English (cf Eskimos and snow)

Against the odds: Lovely photos of newborns & new mothers in Malawi, by Jenny Lewis for WaterAid

new mother Malawi

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3 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Pete

    Hi Duncan,

    It’s great that we can assume you will return home safely from Australia and Vanuatu. However, the blue line on the “Global airline deaths” graph could read “Tonnes of CO2 emitted”, while the number of deaths should include an estimate of climate change related deaths due to pollution from air travel.

    On the theme of where leaders are educated… is there a similar study on where American presidential candidates have been educated (or even where they have been) and the effect it has on American liberal democracy?


  2. Hi Duncan,
    Just to be clear on our post on how development is taught in developing countries, we do not mention mathematical content at all. What we decry is the lack of attention to the use and comprehension of data in the way development economics is taught in developing countries.

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