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UAE Migrant Labor

by NYU CTED
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In a front page article of the NY Times, NYU  gets some negative press related to the treatment of construction workers building its new campus on Saadiyat Island. My view is that the article was a bit harsh on NYU and got some facts wrong. The official NYU response is here. There have been reforms in the labor […]

CTED Town Hall on Pineapple Cultivation in the Afram Plains

by NYU CTED
CTED Town Hall on Pineapple Cultivation in the Afram Plains

On March 10th CTED hosted a Town Hall that featured a hands-on training session for small holder farmers in the Afram Plains co-presented by our CTED partner Mr. Kwadwo Sarpong, Director of the Kumawu office of the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA). The topic for the training was best practices in pineapple cultivation. The hands-on […]

CTED 2014 Annual Meeting

by NYU CTED
CTED 2014 annual meeting

New York University’s Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) held its Fourth Annual Meeting on February 25, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The aim of this year’s event was to highlight the possibilities for innovative technologies to contribute to emerging regions’ economic development, within the context of CTED’s five main research areas: Finance, Education, […]

On My Way to Abu Dhabi

by NYU CTED

I am on my way to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE – the United Arab Emirates.   Earlier today in New York I spoke to a Nigerian worker at a bank who thought Dubai was a country and Abu Dhabi its capital – just to show how this country, formed in 1971, and particularly […]

No Roads, No Votes

by NYU CTED

Without a doubt, the people in developing countries are right in emphasizing the importance of roads.  It is for many villages, the very definition of modernity.  The road links the village to the rest of the country – bringing an expansion in the market whose importance Adam Smith has so forcefully written about.  Getting the […]

Ghana’s Currency Tumbles

by NYU CTED

Ghana’s Currency Tumbles – by Yaw Nyarko The value of the Ghanaian cedi has taken a somewhat big hit recently, measuring a decline of 8% against the dollar in January, and continuing in its downward trend with a 1.2 percentage point decline in the past several days (See below, Chart from Bloomberg.com). Within days of the […]

Rural Tourism & Greening as Drivers for Economic Transformation: the Leveraging Role of Technology

by NYU CTED
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NYU Africa House and the Center for Technology & Economic Development are proud to co-present this special collaborative forum convening local leaders, practitioners, academics and community stakeholders for the launch of the inaugural edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor 2013 Report in Afram Plains of Ghana on January 22nd 2014. The report is a joint publication of New York University-Africa House, the […]

Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange

by NYU CTED
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I teach a Principles of Microeconomics course during the fall semester at NYU in Abu Dhabi.  One of the more popular parts of the class is our trip to the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX), which is just a few blocks from our campus in Abu Dhabi.  This is the photograph of my students, with […]

A Talk With Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse

by NYU CTED

Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (IFRPI, Ethiopia) at NYU Africa House My good friend and colleague gave a great talk the other day.  It was on aspirations.  His basic argument is that there is something called “aspirations” that people have in their heads.  Their work effort depends upon the level of these aspirations.  The aspirations can be […]

Market Information Systems for Rural Farmers Evaluation Of Esoko MIS – Year 1 Results

by NYU CTED

Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face a host of problems related to marketing, key among which is a lack of information about prevailing market prices. This affects farmers’ ability to decide where and when to sell, compromises farmers’ bargaining position with traders, and can even lead to sub-optimal investment and production decisions. The rapid increase in […]