Neo-extractivism and the Resource Curse Hypothesis: Evidence from Ecuador

The aim of this article is to evaluate the policies carried out by the Government of Ecuador regarding the management of natural resources in the context of the Revolución Ciudadana, which was designed to create a society based on Buen Vivir. The choice of intensifying the mining sector shows a change in the government’s philosophy (from Sumak Kawsay to neo-extractivism) and requires an analysis that highlights the possible risks outlined by the extensive literature on the Resource Curse Hypothesis. This article analyzes the conditions, which are essential for avoiding the Resource Curse Hypothesis, in order to assess the economic effectiveness of the change of perspective, operated, under the Revolución Ciudadana. Read More

 

#mapparoma12 – Lo Sviluppo Umano nei municipi di Roma: dal benessere del II al disagio del VI

La 12a #mapparoma “rompe” la tradizione dell’uso delle 155 zone urbanistiche per analizzare l’Indice di Sviluppo Umano (quello di Sen e dell’UNDP) nei 15 municipi di Roma.

Per il reddito non è una sorpresa trovare ai primi posti i municipi tradizionalmente benestanti del centro e di Roma nord (I, II e XX), e al contrario agli ultimi posti i municipi popolari a est (IV, V e VI). Per l’istruzione il quadro è analogo, con i valori più alti nei municipi I, II e VIII e quelli più bassi ancora una volta in IV, V e VI. Per la salute la graduatoria cambia in una certa misura, poiché i municipi migliori risultano il II, III e VII, mentre i peggiori sono IV, VI e XI.

Infine, per l’ISU municipale, riprendendo le definizioni UNDP, possiamo dire che un solo municipio (il II) a Roma presenta un valore molto alto di sviluppo umano, due un valore alto (I e III), mentre tre un valore basso (IV, VI e XI) con una performance particolarmente negativa del VI (Torri), unico Municipio con un valore inferiore a 0,5; tutti gli altri hanno un valore di sviluppo umano medio.

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#vincesolochicustodisce mercoledì 14 notte #mapparoma a Radio Impegno

Mercoledì 14 notte dalle 24 alle 7 #mapparoma torna su Radio Impegno presidio di legalità. #staytune #vincesolochicustodisce

CLUSDEVMED SUMMER SCHOOL

ENERGY, CLUSTERS AND SOCIAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMER SCHOOL.
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
Vilnius, September 5-7, 2016. Read More 

Next Clusdevmed meeting

· 5 – 7 September 2016 – VILNIUS Summer School on “Energy, Cluster, and social innovations for Sustainable development”. Link: http://www.clusdev.eg.net/pdf/summer-school2.pdf;
· 12 September – 15 September – UTRECHT International PhD course on “Economic Geography”. Link: http://www.clusdev.eg.net/pdf/summer-school1.pdf
· 24 October –27 October – UTRECHT International PhD course on “Economic Geography. Link: http://www.clusdev.eg.net/pdf/summer-school1.pdf
· 3 – 5 November 2016 – EAEPE Conference in MANCHESTER, the subscription to this conference is now open. Link: http://eaepe.org/…

Collaboration between FAO and Roma Tre

I’m proud to announce that Roma Tre University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have put in place a new partnership on June the 15th. The deal, signed by the Rector Mario Panizza and FAO Deputy Director-General Daniel Gustafson, will build a better and far more structured collaboration between the two institutions. More in detail, RomaTre will integrate in its two postgraduate Master programs “Cooperatives: Economics, Law and Management” and  “Human Development and Food Security”, specific teaching modules on primary FAO issues such as cooperatives, domestic agriculture, nutrition, micro finance,  gender matters, sustainable investments in agriculture and Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests. On the other hand, FAO will support the University granting teaching materials, access to online training courses, technical support and stage opportunities to the students. This is a big step ahead towards strengthening our mutual cooperation with a key international player actively involved in reaching sustainable development and a brighter future for humanity. Since 2012, when I was appointed Director of the Master program “Cooperatives: Economics, Law and Management”, I have looked forward to bringing closer students and FAO representatives in order to promote a better confrontation between theory and practice. Much remains to be done but we are on track. Read More

Roma Tre University – PhD Call for Applications

Call for Applications are now open at Roma Tre University for admission to the PhD program in Economics. Applications will expire July 7, 2016 (2PM CET). Read More 

 

“Notes on Brexit” by Paul Krugman

I guess it’s time to weigh in on an issue I have mostly been avoiding: Britain’s vote on whether to leave the EU, aka Brexit.

Not to keep you in suspense: if I had a vote, I’d vote “remain.” But I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic as I’d like – and if “remain” wins, as I hope it does, I’ll still feel a sense of dread about what the future holds.

Why? Some notes on the issue:

1.Conventional trade analysis says that unless Britain can make a deal that essentially preserves full access to the EU – which seems unlikely given what a “leave” vote would do to relations — Brexit would make Britain poorer, on a sustained basis, than it would otherwise have been. I’ve done my own back of the envelope calculation, and come up with a sustained 2 percent of GDP loss; this is in the same range as other calculations. The number isn’t at all a hard fact – it could be smaller, but it could also be bigger — but the direction is completely clear.

2.On top of these conventional losses, there’s the special issue of the City of London, which looms very large in the British economy thanks to huge exports of financial services to the rest of Europe. The City’s role, like that of other financial centers, rests on hard-to-model agglomeration economies. Would the frictions and extra costs of Brexit hurt the City sufficiently to undermine its role, at big cost to the UK? Nobody knows, but if so that could add a lot to the economic costs.

3.Pay no attention to claims that Britain, freed from EU rules, could achieve spectacular growth via deregulation. You say to-mah-to, I say voodoo, and it’s no better than the US version.

4.On the other hand, I would greatly discount claims about dramatic financial crisis or whatever. Maybe the pound would fall – but for a country that borrows in its own currency and has an excessive current account deficit, that’s a good thing.

5.It’s also true that the economic impact of Brexit would fall quite differently on different groups within Britain. The City and those whose incomes are tied to its fortunes would probably lose badly, but some regions of the country might actually benefit from a weaker pound.

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#mapparoma10 – Muoversi a Roma con il trasporto pubblico locale

La decima #mapparoma analizza il trasporto pubblico locale, offrendo due chiavi di lettura sul tema dell’accessibilità, intesa come presenza nei quartieri di occasioni di mobilità attraverso i mezzi pubblici. Per l’analisi abbiamo utilizzato gli open data dell’Agenzia per la Mobilità di Roma Capitale.
I quartieri più serviti dalla rete di bus e tram sono Centro Storico ed Eur, ma elevati livelli di accessibilità si riscontrano anche a nord-est, nella periferia storica lungo la Nomentana. Gran parte della periferia storica è ben servita dal trasporto veloce su ferro, ma il livello di accessibilità diminuisce notevolmente con l’aumentare della distanza dal centro: la maggior parte della popolazione che vive nei quartieri periferici, interni ed esterni al GRA, non ha accesso diretto al trasporto pubblico su ferro, tranne che a est lungo la Casilina e verso il Litorale.
 
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#mapparoma9 – Offerta pubblica e privata nei quartieri: asili, cultura, negozi e piazze

La nona ‪#‎mapparoma‬ illustra la distribuzione nei quartieri di alcune tipologie di servizi o di opportunità di incontro che rappresentano la risposta ai fabbisogni espressi dai cittadini, sia in ambito pubblico e collettivo che in ambito privato.

Emerge come il centro e la periferia storica, proprio perché densi e intensivi, sono quartieri con forti relazioni interpersonali e numerose opportunità di partecipazione collettiva. Al contrario i residenti nelle periferie più lontane – sia quelle abitate dai ceti medio-alti che quelle più popolari – sono lontani dai grandi e piccoli attrattori culturali e poco forniti sia di servizi di base che di spazi pubblici e collettivi.

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