Resources

Last updated: 11th February 2011

(i) Podcasts

The Economist magazine now offers the contents of their weekly magazine in form of a podcast, between 6 and 9 hrs long, split conveniently into individual articles. The podcast is available for download from mid-morning (UK time) on Fridays and is free to subscribers. All you need is the information printed on the envelope of one of your print copies so that you can set up the account. The link to the audio-edition is here. You can also find a link to subscribe to this podcast in iTunes.

EconTalk has 'Economics podcasts for daily life', hosted by Russ Roberts from George Mason University. These are hour-long interviews with people such as Robert Barro, Paul Collier, Bill Easterly, Robert Lucas, or Paul Romer (to name just the people talking about growth and development) among many others. Their archive can be found here. You can also find a link to subscribe to this podcast in iTunes.

Development Drums is an audioblog by Owen Barder, an experienced development economist currently based in Ethiopia. He has good contacts within the academic and NGO arenas, so that his weekly episodes can offer a range of opinions on poverty and development issues. Recent interviewees include Sheila Page (ODI), Shantayanana Devarajan (World Bank), David Roodman (CGD) and Alex Cobham (Christian Aid). This is the home page, and you can also subscribe via iTunes.

VoxEU.org has 'Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists', which includes weekly published podcasts. Recent contributors include Dale W. Jorgenson, L Alan Winters and Guido Tabellini.

The World Bank has two types of podcasts on its webpages: the B-SPAN podcasts, which are short summaries of the lectures provided on video (see below) can be found here; the News & Broadcast podcasts come out fortnightly and are available here.

The Financial Times offers the columns by Martin Wolf as podcasts. These are available from their podcast website or can be subcribed to via iTunes.


(ii) Videos

Webcasts of the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2009 can be found here. This includes keynote speeches by David Laibson and John Vickers, as well as special sessions on growth (Chang-Tai Hsieh) and factor models (Serena Ng, Richard Smith, Lucrezia Reichlin and Hashem Pesaran).

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) offers access to a lecture series given by Jeffrey Wooldridge and Guido Imbens during the 2007 Summer Institute under the title 'What's New in Econometrics?'. The videos and slides can be found here.

The American Economic Association runs Continuing Education sessions during the annual AEA meetings. In 2011 this included a lecture series on Development Economics given by Angus Deaton and Anne Case (slides are freely available), in previous years there were lectures on Time Series Econometrics by James Stock and Mark Watson, as well as on Behavioral Economics by David Laibson and Matthew Rabin. Unfortunately access is limited to AEA members, but membership is quite a good thing to have anyway, especially given the low student rates.

The World Bank offers a vast number of talks, presentations, lectures and panel discussions on their B-SPAN website. These include two lectures on jobs in Africa and highly mobile workers by my DPhil supervisor Francis Teal.

I noticed that Tom Murphy who runs A View from the Cave (see blogs below) frequently links to videos of lectures and debates with relevance for development. Recent examples include a debate on 'Is Aid Doing More Harm Than Good' which featured Bill Easterly and John McArthur.


(iii) Email Alerts for New Journal Articles and Working Papers in Economics

The RePEc Project (Research Papers in Economics) has an alert system called New Economics Papers (NEP) where you can sign up for regular email updates on work in your area of interest. An overview of the mailing lists can be found here.

In the UK MIMAS Zetoc Alert offers a regular email alert for new journal publications. You can create an account and select the journals to be covered by going here.

Many journals have their own alert service, e.g. the AEA provides for the AER and the new AEJs.


(iv) Interesting websites and blogs for Development Economists

All of these can be accessed via Google Reader, which means you've got one website to check rather than lots of them. Many of the below bloggers also have twitter accounts - since I only have a handful of people I follow it is sometimes a little annoying when you get the umpteenth tweet about their latest blog entry in the space of a morning, but I guess PR is important to (some of) these people.

My favourite to find out about data: Masa Kudamatsu's blog solely devoted to development economics datasets.

Latest datasets filed at Gunilla Petterson's developmentdata.org site.

The STATAlist archives - Kit Baum, Nick Cox or Mark Schaffer are bound to have written about the empirical problem you have!

Washington's Center for Global Development blog. CGD has got a number of people blogging, including Nancy Birdsall, Michael Clemens and David Roodman, whose bio entry at CGD ends with "He has never taken a course in economics or statistics."

Jonathan Dingel's Trade Diversion blog - development, globalisation and trade. Jonathan recently completed the MPhil in Economics at Oxford and is now a doctoral student at Columbia University.

The World Bank's Chief Economist for Africa, Shanta Devarajan, has a blog called Africa Can... which was started in September 2008. The World Bank has a host of other blogs, which can be viewed here.

Paul Collier has started a blog called Bottom Billion where along with Jean-Luis Warnholz and Jim Cust he'll be making regular posts and updates on countries in Africa and other 'Bottom Billion' countries.

A very prominent blogger is NYU's Bill Easterly, whose Aid Watch has the tagline 'Just Asking that Aid Benefit the Poor'...

Chris Blattman - Research, international development, foreign policy, and violent conflict. Chris Blattman is now a household name among development economists and he frequently 'spars'/exchanges himself with Easterly, the CGD crowd and others.

Aid Thoughts - Digesting the Difficult Decisions of Development is run by Matt Collin, who is a fellow DPhil student at Oxford, and his 'old' ODI fellowship buddy Ranil Dissanayake. Matt and Ranil also provide lots of links to other blogs of interest for development economists.

Another popular blog is A View from the Cave - Learning and discussing what are smart aid and development, where Tom Murphy shares his thoughts. He also shows some (rare?) humility in the blogosphere by stating "I am not an expert in anything being that I am only 25." As some of the other bloggers he provides a list of other interesting blogs on the topic of aid and development

Owen Barder, who also brings us the brilliant Development Drums podcasts (see above) has a blog at Owen Abroad.

Dani Rodrik's blog: In my view one of the most interesting ones around for development economists... even though Dani's an Arsenal supporter. Seems like he's getting back into blogging after a hiatus whilst he wrote his latest book...

EconLog at the Library of Economics and Liberty - another really good blog, although less focused on development issues.

Poverty Matters is the development blog of The Guardian newspaper.


(v) Data for Economics & Development

This can be found here.