Effective States and Inclusive Development

Navigating the labyrinths of the ‘deals’ world

30 April 2018 Mirza Hassan and Selim Raihan What’s responsible for the high and stable growth rate in Bangladesh?    For many economists, Bangladesh case is a paradox since such steady and reasonably high growth took place in the context of ‘bad’ or ‘weak&

Transitions between growth episodes: Do institutions matter and do some institutions matter more?

Working paper 99 Download pdf Selim Raihan, Sabyasachi Kar and Kunal Sen This paper examines the institutional and political determinants of the timing of growth episodes. We extend the earlier literature on the determinants of the onset of growth accelerations and decelerations by pr

Is there a fiscal resource curse? Resource rents, fiscal capacity and political institutions

Working paper 96 Download pdf Tania Masi, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen While several studies have focused on the effect of natural resources on economic development, less attention has been paid to their effects on other development outcomes. We contribute to this literature by studyi

The deals make the difference – watch Matthew Tyce on his Deals and Development book chapter

16 November 2017 While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth? And why has this declined since the Asian financial crisis? Matthew Tyce outlines his findings from a chapter co-authored with Kunal Sen

Watch Kunal Sen on his new book Deals and Development. What’s the big idea?

16 November 2017 Rapid economic growth in developing countries is usually put down to good economic institutions. But many developing countries with rapid economic growth actually have weak institutions. New book Deals and Development has a different approach. Kunal explains the book&

Watch co-editor of Deals and Development, Eric Werker, on the book’s powerful policy implications

15 November 2017 Eric Werker is Associate Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is also one of the editors of path-breaking new book, Deals and Development, alongside Kunal Sen and Lant Pritchett. Watch him highlight the powerful policy implicat

“This will change the way you see economic growth” – Deals and Development book is available for open access!

9 November 2017 We’re thrilled to announce that Deals and Development, the book resulting from ESID research on the politics of growth is now available to order here  and to download on open access here. This path breaking book is edited by three globally renowned ESID experts o

The reality of doing business in India

2 November 2017 Sabyasachi Kar is author of the insightful book The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes with Kunal Sen. On the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, Sabyasachi outlines how the framework developed in their book provides a game-changi

Do economic institutions matter for growth episodes?

Working paper 92 Download pdf Sabyasachi Kar, Selim Raihan and Kunal Sen An increasingly large literature on the empirics of economic growth has viewed it as an ‘episodic phenomenon’. In this paper, we re-evaluate the relationship between growth and economic institutions using an epis

Why have we seen so few developmental states?

  Kunal Sen 5th October 2017   The underlying political settlement within countries too often provides political elites with insufficient incentives to enact the institutional reforms needed for further growth and structural transformation   The original developmental s