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By Boris Pleskovic

The "Annual international financial institution convention on improvement Economics" (ABCDE) brings jointly the world's major students and improvement practitioners for a full of life debate on state of the art considering in improvement coverage and the consequences for the worldwide financial system. The 10th convention handled 4 tricky themes in improvement: • the position of geography in international locations' good fortune, with Paul Krugman, John Luke Gallup and Jeffrey Sachs; • the function and layout of rules and festival coverage, with Paul Joskow and Jean-Jacques Laffont; • the explanations of economic crises and how you can hinder them, with Bruce Greenwald, Asli Demirguc-Kunt and Enrica Detragiache; and • how ethnic clash impacts democracy and progress, with Paul Collier and Donald L. Horowitz. This quantity additionally contains insights from Nobel Prize winner James Tobin, Stanley Fischer, Joseph E. Stiglitz, and global financial institution President James D. Wolfensohn.

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But it is at an even more disadvantaged position: while astronomers observe a universe governed by unchanging laws, much of economics is concerned with the behavior and responses within today's economy. And today's economy differs from that of yesterday and certainly from that of a half century or a century ago. To what extent are those differences salient for making inferences and predictions relevant for today? Worse still, the multiplicity of factors that affect outcomes and the few truly exogenous variables mean that economists are almost always dealing with underidentified systems.

The Role of Knowledge and Scientific Methodology This year's World Development Report, subtitled Knowledge for Development (World Bank 1998c), reflects the growing awareness of the importance of knowledge for development. The report has two central themes. First, one of the major ways in which less developed countries are separated from more developed countries is by their level of knowledge. Successful development thus entails not only closing the gap in physical or even human capital, but also closing the gap in knowledge.

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