African countries wrestle with “dual” economies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Many parts of Africa continue to operate according to ethnic-specific traits in regard to development, says a new study co-authored by PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics Stelios Michalopoulous. Despite colonization and later independence, many countries struggle with a weak central state while the authority still wielded by local tribal leaders contributes to a “dual” economic and institutional environment in Africa. The study, “On the Ethnic Origins of African Development: Traditional Chiefs and Pre-colonial Political Centralization,” was published by the Academy of Management Perspectives. 

(Distributed March 31, 2015)

PSTC provides “big step” for visiting scholars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Sometimes a research project just needs a little extra encouragement, whether in the form of time, resources, mentoring, or collaborative support. The PSTC’s visiting African scholar program provides all of that for Africans who are working on population issues.

Mulusew Gerbaba spent two months at the PSTC this winter. He received strong and enthusiastic support from PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology David Lindstrom Read more...

(Distributed March 30, 2015)

Keeping men on the HIV testing and treatment cascade

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Drop-out rates are high for HIV treatment and care among men in South Africa, the country with the most HIV-infected people in the world. A new five-year NIH grant awarded to PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Mark Lurie will provide resources to develop a new system of intervention aimed at getting more men to seek testing and to continue with treatment and care as needed.

(Distributed March 12, 2015)

Will Ferguson bring changes in social justice?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, in August 2014, debates across the country have centered on race, order, and social justice. In “Ferguson Won’t Change Anything. What Will?” published by the Boston Review, PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Glenn Loury posits that the protests in the aftermath of the incident will do little to remedy the racial tensions in the U.S.

(Distributed March 5, 2015)
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