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Technology underpins modern society. Rich countries spend considerable amounts on R&D and this enables a flow of innovation and greater productivity. However, low-income countries, not surprisingly, spend very little and developing countries even less, creating a discrepancy in access to technologies, innovation and productivity.  The collection of data on the other hand, has often been an afterthought in regard to development programs and policies. Although well intentioned, policies need to also be well aimed and this includes the measurement of monitoring of such policies. 

Summaries and download links to all our research papers on Technology and Data below.

Publications

Bangladesh Priorities: E-Procurement, Wahid

New research by Wahid Abdallah, a research fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, examines the effects of transforming the current procurement system into one that uses online...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Broadband, Zaman

The research by M. Rokonuzzaman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the North South University in Dhaka, looks at expanding broadband access. .tg {border-collapse...

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Assessment Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Data for Development Assessment, Jerven

The UN High Level Panel has called for a data revolution. The world's population should be counted, measured, weighed and evaluated. This information should be collected, compiled, aggregated, and presented in such a form that it can usefully inform policy makers and citizens in aggregated forms, and disaggregated according to region, village, gender and population group.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Data for Development Perspective, Johnston

There is clearly an existing problem with development data provision. For example, even population figures may be uncertain because of under-counting of some groups in society, and changes to the statistical basis of GDP estimates can make large differences; Ghana became a middle-income country overnight when its estimated GDP doubled in this way.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Data for Development Perspective, Demombynes Sandefur

This paper takes a look at three questions relating to the provision of more data via surveys. First, we ask whether surveys in poor countries have produced results, second, what types of users demand what types of data and third, how much it would cost to close the remaining gaps in household survey provision.

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Assessment Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Science and Technology Assessment, Maskus

The UN Open Working Group has considered a number of science and technology initiatives in its deliberations. It generally sees technology as a component of the objective “to strengthen and enhance means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development”. Effective implementation of technical knowledge is fundamentally important to drive economic growth through structural change and productivity gains as well as contributing to broader public needs.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Science and Technology Perspective, Smith

The technology transfer goals under consideration by the UN Open Working Group include general and technology-specific targets, as well as goals that are foundational to technology transfers that occur through trade and foreign direct investment. The ultimate goal of these targets is to promote sustainable economic development.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Science and Technology Perspective, Saggi

Saggi finds that the Maskus paper provides a clear and convincing analysis of his chosen policy initiatives and there is little he disagrees with. Productivity is perhaps the most important determinant of a country’s living standards in the long run. It can either continue producing the same with fewer resources or invest in R&D that delivers new or better products.

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Working Paper

Évaluation préliminaire des coûts-bénéfices pour les objectifs de la 12e session du GTO

Dans un monde limité en ressources, nous ne pouvons pas tout réaliser. De fait, quels objectifs devrons-nous prioriser ? Le Copenhagen Consensus Center présente des informations sur les cibles qui...

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Policy Advice

Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for 12th Session OWG Goals

The Copenhagen Consensus has updated our benefit-cost assessment of UN Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals for the 12th session of the Open Working Group. The Copenhagen Consensus will present...

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Policy Advice

Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for 11th Session OWG Goals

Some of the world’s top economists have assessed the targets from the 11th session Open Working Group document into one of five categories, based on economic evidence: Phenomenal, Good, Fair, Poor and Uncertain.

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