Micro credits are one of the most popular tools for development aid now. The idea is, to put it simply, that the poor are in a “poverty trap” that keeps them poor and that micro loans can empower them to overcome the difficulties connected with the poverty trap and become successful “Micro entrepreneurs”. Micro credit … Continue reading Can Microcredit bring development?
The drivers of fertility rate have been studied in the literature in global, regional and national scale for a long period. A number of previous studies suppose that fertility rate may be affected due to changes in political institutions, female education, income, household expenditures, marriage age, urbanization, globalization, etc. Instead of the approach towards fertility … Continue reading Determinants Of The Dynamic Changes In Iran’s Fertility Rate
In this post I argue that leaving culture out of consideration in empirical studies in the fields of Behavioral and Experimental Economics can put the generality of results found at danger. The starting point of my argument is the omitted variable bias. When relevant independent variables are left out in empirical analysis, the results obtained … Continue reading Consider Culture – The Importance of Controlling for Culture in Behavioral and Experimental Economics
One of the biggest showdowns of history was the clash of the mighty Inka King Atawallpa and the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro at the 16 of November, 1532. Pizarro was delegated from the Spanish king Karl, which was the most powerful ruler in Europe to that time. Contrary, Atawallpa ruled the geographical largest empire … Continue reading Why the Inka King Atawallpa didn´t conquer Spain – Geography or Institutions?
When being asked about how to distinguish the poor from others, lots of people have a tendency to apply measurements based on absolute income. One of these is the ‘Poverty Line’, introduced in 1990 by World Bank to measure poverty across countries and cultures. According to this measurement, people who live on less than $2 … Continue reading Poverty in the eyes of the poor
Have you ever considered thinking on why the fertility rates in some countries are very high while significantly low, even below the replacement rate, in other countries? There can be numerous social, cultural and economical factors that high fertility rate is persistent in some countries. Poverty, lack of education and awareness, teenage marriage and motherhood, … Continue reading Effect of Women Education and Employment On Fertility Rate