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The Amazon Tax

Amazon is practically the only place I shop. That is not meant as a boast. It is actually pretty embarrassing, not to mention, hypocritical and kind of immoral with all the sweatshop warehouses they’re running. But I get free shipping … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Toll Road Fiasco, or How to Give Money to Your Friends in the Private Sector

The toll road in Guatemala that runs from Palín to Escuintla (on the way to the Port) is the nicest road I’ve seen in Central America. It makes sense. You have to pay 15 quetzales (about $2). Prensa Libre has … Continue reading

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Ethics, RCTs and Opportunity Costs–Where Should We Put the Money?

Critics have called RCTs (Randomized Control Trials) unethical from the very beginning. Some have likened it to playing the role of God in choosing who receives treatment and who doesn’t. Defenders respond that in all development interventions, you are making … Continue reading

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Decision-Making Fatigue, Scarcity and Development

Every morning, Barack Obama chooses between a gray and a blue suit, nothing more. Prisoners who get an early morning parole hearing are more likely to be freed than those that appear just before lunch or late in the day. … Continue reading

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Another warning to those who dared to convict Rios Montt

After virtually guaranteeing that Rios Montt will not be tried again before he dies, his defenders are sending a warning to those who dare try to serve justice. Claudia Paz y Paz, the star attorney general was/is being forced out … Continue reading

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Add this to the list of why big dams are terrible

A study out of Oxford last month analyzed 245 large hydroelectric dams built around the world since 1934 and found huge cost overruns, debt and inflation problems in most of the projects. This study just analyzed the economic logic of … Continue reading

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We cleaned your computer today

The IT guy stopped by my office today to inform me that they cleaned my computer while I was out of the office. Great, I told him. ¨But it doesn’t really seem like it’s running faster.¨ ¨There were two dead … Continue reading

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