That said, the modern USDA has come to embrace the value of biodiversity in its approach—both in its grant-making and its seed-banking. Yes, researchers are still working to improve efficiencies and productivity, but they are…

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Macroeconomic volatility in commodity-exporting economies is closely tied to fluctuations in international commodity prices. This column studies optimal policy for commodity exporters in a small open economy framework that includes a key role for financial…

Studies have shown that in the private sector, top managers and CEOs can make a difference in the performance of their organisations and have a ‘style’ that is portable across firms. This column uses the…

Firm-level political connections are widespread, and understanding how politicians influence the behaviour of firms is important. The economics literature on the role of political connections of firms has been growing. Shleifer and Vishny (1994) show…

There is growing interest among governments in leveraging private insurers to improve the efficiency and quality of the healthcare system. In Israel, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, for example, universal healthcare is already delivered by private…