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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.

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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...

Caixin: Poor Parenting Hinders Development of China's Rural Children, Study Shows

October 2016

Children in rural areas of China suffer from slow cognitive development due to a lack of proper parenting and nutrition, casting a shadow over the future of the country's economy, a Stanford...

The Winners of the Clearly Vision Prize

October 2016

The winners of the Clearly Vision Prize will share cash prizes totalling $250,000 to help them accelerate their progress and move us another step down the road towards a world where everyone can...

Smart Focus - Franchising a Sustainable Approach for School Eye Health in China

October 2016

The Rural Education Action Program (REAP), an impact-evaluation organization, aims to inform sound education, health and nutrition policy in China.

Wired: These five startups are getting a share of £200,000 to help battle poor eyesight globally

October 2016

Smart Focus VisionStanford, CAThe US-based startup has partnered with eyewear company Luxottica OneSight to help scale eye care to ten million people in China that do not have access to affordable...

Incentives key to China’s effort to upgrade higher education, Stanford expert says

August 2016

China can improve its higher education system by introducing incentives for students and teachers so they take learning more seriously, a Stanford professor says.

After the One-Child Policy

August 2016

The sprawling National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) in China is one of the world’s largest bureaucraies. Its reach spreads from the bustling supercities on China’s eastern seaboard...

NY Times: Weighing the Strengths and Shortcomings of China’s Education System

August 2016

Nothing stirs passions quite like the debate over the Chinese school system.

NY Times: Study Finds Chinese Students Excel in Critical Thinking. Until College.

July 2016

BEIJING — Chinese primary and secondary schools are often derided as grueling, test-driven institutions that churn out students who can recite basic facts but have little capacity for deep...

The Future Foundation of Rural Education

July 2016

Recently, an academic consensus has emerged that China should focus its human capital development in rural areas.

China Abandoned its One-Child Policy - Now it must fix the gulf in education between city and country children

June 2016

Around 8 per cent of rural children in China take college entrance exams, compared with 70 per cent of urban children.

The Economist: The Class Ceiling

June 2016

NO CAR may honk nor lorry rumble near secondary schools on the two days next week when students are taking their university entrance exams, known as gaokao.

Bloomberg: This is How China Prepares for the Big Test

June 2016

Hu Huifeng, an 18-year-old high school senior from China’s Jiangxi province, is on a strict regimen. Seven days a week she rises by 6 a.m.

Wall Street Journal: In Rural China, One-Child Policy Enforcers Push a New Message

May 2016

For 30 years, Yu Huajian visited villages in rural China to remind couples to have just one child, to abide by the law and help the economy.

Caixin Media: China's Rural Youngsters Drop-Out of School at an Alarming Rate, Researchers Find

March 2016

Chen is among the millions of students in rural areas who quit school each year without completing high school.

Fieldwork Fail: FSI Faculty Share Lessons Learned the Hard Way

March 2016

"What do I do about the chickens?"When assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid began a study on livestock in African households to determine impact on childhood health, he'd already...

CCTV-13: Service for Birth - How will a Million Family Planning Workers Make the Transition?

January 2016

On January 9th, China news station CCTV-13 aired a story about REAP's program to train family planning officials who previously enforced the one-child policy, to become early childhood education...

Caixin Media: Pilot Program Aims to Give Rural Youngsters an Early Helping Hand

January 2016

Last June, a lively and well-equipped preschool opened in one of the poorest villages in Shaanxi province, as part of a pilot project seeking ways to improve childhood development called Nurturing...

Financial Times: China Migration - Children of a Revolution

December 2015

In China, left behind kids battle a social stigma, even if their material conditions are sometimes better than that of children living in homes without migrant income.

Wall Street Journal: China Abandons One-Child Policy

October 2015

Chinese leaders implemented the one-child policy in 1980 in an effort to rein in explosive population growth and help raise living standards. It was rooted in a Mao Zedong-era baby boom.

Huffington Post: How Glasses Can Help Solve Rural China's Schooling Problem

October 2015

Simply giving nearsighted children glasses can dramatically boost their school performance.


Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Di Mo Postdoc Fellow
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
Xiangzhi Kong Affiliate
Sean Sylvia Affiliated Faculty
Tao Li Affiliate