Holiday message and reading list from our Editor-in Chief
We will be taking a break at VoxDev from posting new content from 22 December to 2 January, but we will post some of the highlights from 2017 and you can see our videos from the year here.
VoxDev has now been up and running for six months (wow!) and we have accomplished a tonne! In my opening editorial note I quoted one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams: “We’re off to a great start. We have the first snowflake. Now let's build a blizzard.” I think we have started a blizzard, now let’s make it the snow storm of the century!
VoxDev has had a fantastic six months. In terms of reach, here are some statistics (because you know how much we love data): our readers span 190 countries, with over 30% based in the developing world, and we have about 25,000 page views per month!
We have had an outpouring of feedback, thanks, and everything in between. We would not have gotten here without you, our readers, and our awesome contributors – thank you! Please keep sending us stuff at [email protected]. A huge shout out to my Managing Editor, Nidhi Parekh, and our fabulous Board, Robin Burgess, Chang-Tai Hsieh and Chris Woodruff – the team that has worked tirelessly to build VoxDev! And, of course, thanks to CEPR, the IGC and PEDL for all they do.
Next year we hope to do lots more! Expect more videos, many more articles, and maybe even some cool new experiments with content. Stay tuned as we keep trying to bridge the gap between research and practice so that research can be used to inform economic decisions at every level.
Meanwhile, I wish you all a very happy holiday and hope 2018 brings you all amazing things. If you miss us over the break, below is my very own VoxDev reading list! See you in 2018!
The role of trade
2017 has seen what may be the start of a sea change in trade policy across the world. Here is what some of our contributors had to say on the evidence:
India and Pakistan turn 70
On the 70 year anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence, we ran these columns on the two countries:
SMEs are an important policy priority area in the developing world. We featured a number of pieces on the obstacles they face and how to overcome them:
As ever, the effects of climate change weigh heavy. Some readings on the impact of pollution and possible solutions to climate change: