Author Archives: James Fenske

Fetal Origins of Mental Health: Evidence from Africa

Authors: Achyuta Adhvaryu, James Fenske, Namrata Kala and Anant Nyshadham Mental health disorders are estimated to make up 13% of the global disease burden (Collins et al., 2011). Poor countries experience the greatest losses, as the vast majority of mentally … Continue reading

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Africa in two recessions

Our spring term ended a few weeks ago. I teach an undergraduate course that focuses on the economic history of the twentieth century. Unsurprisingly, the Great Depression is a major focus. The current mainstream view is that monetary shocks were … Continue reading

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Economic shocks and conflict: where is the literature headed?

I received news this weekend that the keynote speech for the upcoming CSAE conference will be on “Conflict, climate and economic development in Africa.” The speaker will be Berkley’s Ted Miguel. If you didn’t have a reason to attend the … Continue reading

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Is ethnicity deep?

I am teaching a short module in the M.Sc. In Economics for Development this term on “deep roots” of economic development. Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg provide an excellent summary of this literature here. One half of one of one … Continue reading

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