International Development

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

Do Infant Feeding Practices Differ Between Grandmothers and Mothers in Rural China? Evidence From Rural Shaanxi Province

August 2018

The overall goal of this study is to examine whether infant feeding practices differ between mothers and grandmothers in rural China.

Are Infant/Toddler Developmental Delays a Problem Across Rural China?

August 2018

Using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development III (BSID III), we examine the rates of developmental delays among infants/toddlers aged 0-3 years old in four major subpopulations of...

Revisiting the Role of Human Capital in Development: Discussion

June 2018

This special issue is based on a seminar held at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) in 2017, focusing on human capital.

News

China’s Rural Children Are Cognitively Delayed, Survey Shows

July 2017

Rural Chinese children have a significant delay in their cognitive development compared with their urban counterparts, researchers have found, which could potentially hinder the country’s economic...

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.

Events

The Global Landscape of In-Service Teacher Professional Development Programs: The Gap between Evidence & Practice

November 8, 2017

About the Topic: We review evidence on the characteristics of the most effective teacher professional development (PD) programs, present new data from around the world on the actual characteristics...

End Heuristics in Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a Conditional Cash Transfer Experiment

October 2, 2017

About the Speaker: Patrick McEwan is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. He conducts research on education and social policy in developing countries, especially in Latin America.

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.

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 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Center Fellow, Rural Education Action Program
Di Mo Postdoc Fellow
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Xiaopeng Pang Affiliate
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China, Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
Thomas Glauben Affiliate
Hongmei Yi Program Manager, REAP-China, Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xinxin Chen Affiliate
Chengfang Liu Program Manager, REAP-China
Xiangzhi Kong Affiliate
Sean Sylvia Affiliated Faculty