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International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Scholarly Publications

Unpacking Teacher Professional Development

April 2017

Abstract: Despite massive investments in teacher professional development (PD) programs in developing countries, there is little evidence on their effectiveness.

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China

February 2017

Abstract:There is a significant gap in academic achievement between rural and urban students in China.

Absolute versus Comparative Advantage: Consequences for Gender Gaps in STEM and College Access

February 2017

ABSTRACT We examine the impact of the competitive “STEM track choice”—a defining institutional feature of a number of national education systems—on gender gaps in STEM majors and college access....

News

Will Chinese Living Standards Ever Surpass Those in the USA?

February 2017

Possibly the single most important of the tensions stoked up by President Trump is the rivalry between the United States and China.

The Debate Over the Alleged Higher Education Glut in China

February 2017

Hongbin Li, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle, and Binzhen Wu recently published a piece in the Journal of Economic Perspectives particularly worth flagging.

Economist: Give Me a Child

October 2016

The Lancet reckons that 43% of under-fives in poor countries, in other words about 250m kids, will fail to meet their “developmental potential” because of avoidable deficiencies in early childhood...

Events

Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence From Chinese Schools

January 23, 2017

About the Topic: Professor Park will discuss how promotion incentives influence the effort of public employees by providing evidence from China's system of promotions for teachers.

In Pursuit of an African Green Revolution

October 21, 2016

About the Topic: Considering continued population growth, increasingly limited availability of uncultivated land, and persistent rural poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, it is imperative to improve...

The Lessons Private Schools Teach: Using a Field Experiment to Understand the Effects of Private Schools on Political Behavior

May 20, 2016

About the Topic: Government services have often been found to act as important sites of political socialization.  Through interactions with institutions and functionaries of the state, individuals...

Projects

PRICE Manual of Procedures

Chinese children have among the highest rates of myopia in the world.
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Training for the Future

Evaluating National Teacher Training Programs in Rural China Problem China's rural students lag far behind their urban counterparts in academic achievement.  If rural students lack necessary...
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Increasing High School Matriculation

China has shown incredible progress in the last several decades in expanding access to education.
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Multimedia

Perfecting Parenting

June 2015

In rural China, many parents don't talk to or play with their babies. This can stunt their socio-emotional and cognitive development. Watch how we're studying the effects of improved parenting practices on child development.

Nourishing the Future: Nutrition for China's Rural Babies

July 2014

Learn how the REAP team tested the cognitive and motor development of 2,000 rural Chinese babies.

Welcome to the Annual REAP Trip!

July 2014

Learn what it's like to participate in the annual REAP trip - an unparalleled chance to see REAP in action and learn firsthand about China's ongoing development challenges.

People

Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Di Mo Postdoc Fellow
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Xiaopeng Pang Affiliate
Xinxin Chen Affiliate
Chengfang Liu Program Manager, REAP-China
Thomas Glauben Affiliate
Hongmei Yi Program Manager, REAP-China
Renfu Luo Program Manager, REAP-China
Hongbin Li Affiliate