Just Released: Introducing the SCE Household Spending Survey

Gizem Kosar, Kyle Smith, and Wilbert van der Klaauw Today we are releasing new data on individuals’ experiences and expectations regarding household spending. These data have been collected every four months since December 2014 as part of our Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE). The goal of this blog post is to introduce the SCE Household … [Read more…]

Discovering a more inclusive private sector development where least expected

By Eyerusalem Siba Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have the lowest rates of business survival worldwide, and it is generally difficult to grow employment in SMEs. Africa is no different. Viable businesses struggle with typical growth challenges around lack of access to capital and markets and the skills gap. Finding sustained solutions to these core … [Read more…]

Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy

By Eliora Katz The discussion of Islam in world politics recently has tended to focus on how religion is used by a wide range of social movements, political parties, and militant groups. However, less attention has been paid to the question of how governments—particularly those in the Middle East—have incorporated Islam into their broader foreign … [Read more…]

New York City takes an important step in improving school integration by measuring diversity

By Andre M. Perry There’s an adage many researchers and policy wonks live by: What gets measured, gets done. The saying suggests that measuring something enhances your ability to achieve it—except, of course, when you’re talking about integrated schools. We’ve quantified, studied and assessed the importance of diversity in schools, but it’s something we haven’t … [Read more…]

New year, same debate? Washington needs a fresh infrastructure approach

By Adie Tomer, Joseph Kane Two years ago, we made a bold prediction: an “infrastructure bill” was Washington fantasy. Following the election, the consensus opinion was that President Trump campaigned on infrastructure, an area of bipartisan interest, and the Republicans had the votes to push forward legislation. Yet by the time the administration released its … [Read more…]

Bloomberg Says Key Indicator Bullish on Bitcoin, XRP Hits Forex Exchange, and Tron Imposter Exposed: Crypto Update

A key technical indicator suggests the price of Bitcoin has more room on the upside, reports Bloomberg. The VERA Convergence Divergence indicator “turned positive today for the first time in over two months, indicating this rally may take Bitcoin over the heavily resisted $4,000 level. The last time Bitcoin triggered a buy signal it gained … [Read more…]

Ethereum Creator Vitalik Buterin Reveals Crypto Portfolio Including Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Zcash

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin says less than 10% of his non-Ethereum holdings are in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin and Zcash. The self-disclosure by Buterin undercuts complaints that his cryptocurrency investments are a potential conflict of interest. In a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session about Ethereum and its leadership, Buterin disclosed that he holds 350,000 ETH, … [Read more…]

BitGo Bringing Tron to Institutional Investors, Offers Bitcoin and Crypto Insurance Protection to Expand Reach

BitGo has announced wallet and custody support for Tron (TRX). The Palo Alto-based crypto financial services firm offers multi-signature and key security services, compliance, and custodial solutions for institutional investors. The company offers support for over 100 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. It will implement support for Tron later this year. Says Ben Chan, chief … [Read more…]