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

The Prevalence of Parent-Teacher Interaction in Developing Countries and its Effect on Student Outcomes

August 2019

Empirical evidence from developed countries supports the idea that parent-teacher interaction is highand improves student outcomes.

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China: Evidence from Shaanxi Province

June 2019

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

Old is Not Always Better: Evidence from Five Randomized Experiments in Rural Primary Schools in China

March 2019

In recent years, researchers have begun to focus attention on trying to identify systematic factors that cause interventions to have different impacts in different contexts.

News

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Improving Lives Through Better Vision

September 2019

After "a longtime partnership with Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program," OneSight is expanding into Rwanda and Brazil to continue our practice of providing free eyeglasses to those...

Bloomberg: To Conquer World, China Needs to Get Smarter

August 2019

Author Michael Schuman writes an opinion piece informed by Scott Rozelle's publication Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China's Human Capital "Many investors and economists continue to...

Journal of East China Normal University: Q&A with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman

May 2019

Early Childhood Development Takes Center Stage in China: Questions & Answer with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman 【编者按】2018年11月17日,詹姆斯·赫克曼(James J.

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.
English

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, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Di Mo Postdoc Fellow
Yingquan Song Affiliate
Xiaopeng Pang Affiliate
Xinxin Chen Affiliate
Thomas Glauben Affiliate
Xiaochen Ma Lecturer
Tao Li Affiliate
Xiangzhi Kong Affiliate
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China, Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
Xiaobing Wang Research Associate, REAP-China