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Abe Global 2023 | Hedging Against Risk – Japan in an Uncertain World: Geo-Dynamics of Northeast Asia

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During the last decades of the twentieth century, there were major changes in the world economic organization as the end of the Cold War, the birth of the WTO, and the off-shoring of manufacturing to lower-wage developing countries created a highly integrated global economy dependent on complicated supply chains linking production and consumption. Similarly, sophisticated systems of data collection have distributed previously private or nationally-held data across state borders and spawned an industry around its global trafficking, resulting in security risks to individuals, businesses, and nations. A series of crises over the last several years—including the Covid pandemic, rising tensions …

CPPF Meeting on Guatemala

On 20 February 2023, CPPF convened the 13th meeting in a series of meetings on the situation rule of law, corruption, and impunity in Guatemala.

Cultural Heritage, Violent Conflict, and Atrocity Crimes Workshop

On 22 February 2023, the Cultural Heritage, Violent Conflict, and Atrocity Crimes workshop was held at the Penn Club. The workshop brought together scholars and United Nations (UN) representatives to develop a shared understanding of the key debates in the academic literature about the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in violent conflicts, situations at risk of atrocity crimes, and their aftermaths. The participants also discussed the evidence of and intersection between heritage destruction and the act of atrocity crimes; and explored how the UN system can better prepare and respond.  

Health Care as Social Insurance: The Role of Medicaid in Improving US Health

About the Lecture Expanded access to healthcare in the United States through the nation’s public health insurance program, Medicaid, has led to meaningful–and measurable–improvements in people’s health. Insurance expansions that have targeted pregnant women, children, and adults have all had important short- and longer-term effects on health, and this talk will discuss some of those outcomes and the ways that researchers are exploring and measuring Medicaid’s impact. Event Recording About Laura Wherry Laura Wherry's primary area of research focuses on the changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. Recent work examines …

CPPF Meeting on Sudan and the region

On 1-2 March CPPF convened a meeting on Sudan and the region at the request of the UN Eastern Africa Division of DPPA, the meeting aimed to reflect on national developments and regional trends and on the role of the UN.

Discrimination in Hiring: Why Do Firms Vary So Much in Whom They Hire?

US employers are segregated by race, which likely contributes to racial inequalities in earnings. While the composition of an employer’s workforce is shaped by powerful social and economic forces, it is not inevitable. This talk reviews recent evidence from around the world on how policy can influence the demographic composition of an employer’s workforce.

What are the Long-Run and Inter-Generational Impacts of Child Health Investments in East Africa?

About the Lecture It has been challenging to establish how health investments in childhood affect individuals' life trajectories, especially in low- and middle-income regions of the world, due to pervasive data limitations. This talk discusses a new project that leverages recent methodological innovations in development economics and a unique dataset tracking thousands of Kenyans over two decades (the Kenya Life Panel Survey). The evidence indicates that investments in child health radiate out over time and across generations in multiple, and perhaps surprising, ways. Event Recording About Edward Miguel Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and …

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Retreat

Social Science Research Council 300 Cadman Plaza West, 15 Fl, New York, NY, United States

On 24-25 April 2023, CPPF hosted and facilitated the retreat of the Conventional Arms Branch (CAB) of the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

CPPF Meeting on Energy Transition Risks and Opportunities in the MENA Region

On 18 May 2023 CPPF convened a meeting on energy transition risks and opportunities in the MENA region at the request of the UN Northern Africa Division of DPPA. The meeting aimed to inform the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on climate, peace, and security in the MENA region and considered the implications of the accelerating energy transitions on the MENA region.

Is Behavior The Solution Agenda

About Recent investments in clean energy R&D have led to remarkable innovations in clean energy technology. These innovations hold the promise of slowing and perhaps even reversing decades of anthropogenic climate change. But in order to fully realize the promise of clean energy innovation, we also need policy innovation: social and behavioral science R&D aimed at finding interventions, programs, and policies that effectively mobilize decision makers to act in climate-protective ways. Join us for an important conversation with leading social and behavioral scientists and climate thought leaders to discuss: what we know about potentially scalable interventions to increase climate-protective behaviors; …

CPPF Meeting on Guatemala

On 21 March 2023, CPPF convened the 14th meeting in a series of meetings on the situation rule of law, corruption, and impunity in Guatemala.

Encouraging Technology Adoption in Agrarian Societies

Solutions to many of today’s key development challenges hinge not on creating new technologies and solutions, but in understanding why the poor do not adopt seemingly beneficial technologies that already exist. Throughout the developing world, there are countless examples of technologies that appear to be welfare enhancing but are adopted by the poor at very low rates. Examples span health, finance, and agriculture sectors, and include cleaner cook-stoves, anti-malarial bednets, toilets, fertilizer, weather insurance, and improved seed varieties. To make progress on these problems, we need to understand the sources of behavioral or structural barriers to new technology adoption, in order to devise policies and marketing strategies to address those barriers. This talk will highlight economic analysis and randomized-controlled-trial based field experimental methods applied in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to make progress on these questions.