Rethinking Foreign Aid within an Institutional Context

Is foreign aid able to promote growth? Does it really help developing countries to escape out of poverty and to enforce democratic patterns? Acemoglu and Robinson argue, it does not. Not in the way, aid policy is implemented today. In the literature, there is still an ongoing debate whether foreign aid has a positive impact … Continue reading Rethinking Foreign Aid within an Institutional Context

Framing poverty in television news. An analysis of the paper “Framing Responsibility For Political Issues: The Case of Poverty” by Shanto Iyengar (1990)

Introduction A main point of interest in behavioral development economics deals with the question how to fight poverty in developed as well as in developing countries. A first step to do so is to have a clear definition for poverty in mind. If a definition on this is found the problem of poverty can be … Continue reading Framing poverty in television news. An analysis of the paper “Framing Responsibility For Political Issues: The Case of Poverty” by Shanto Iyengar (1990)

Is there a future for the healthcare system in Africa?

According to Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health, including medical care and the right to security in the event of sickness or disability” In reality the performance of this statement depends on the economic development of the country, thereby explaining differences in life expectancy … Continue reading Is there a future for the healthcare system in Africa?

Low-cost private education in developing countries

In the West and, based on the authors background, especially in Germany private education is seen as something for rich people, who can afford sending their children to expensive private schools. Following this preconceived idea, the standard assumption is, that the notion of private education being exclusively for rich people should be especially true for … Continue reading Low-cost private education in developing countries