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Owen Barder @owenbarder London, and global

Vice President & Europe Director @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes economics, evidence, ending poverty, feminism, running, tech.

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Lovely remembrance by @MTBracken. Charles was a kind, gentle visionary who we will all miss. #TooYoung @NIESRorg Macro modelling job vacancy here. Ideal for new econ PhDs
Retweeted by Owen BarderGlad to see the nonsense of "sitting fees" getting some attention that there are 5 women in the running to be the next UN SG, bios below
Retweeted by Owen Barder @jwbstead @ICTDTax I'd like to see evidence that hypothecation does that in the real world.Hey @WorldCocoa - as we plan our annual meeting of cocoa industry leaders, I am still bound by my @owenbarder pledge: no all male panels!
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@jwbstead interesting question. Maybe ...“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
Retweeted by Owen BarderPerhaps both? The relative position reflects progress elsewhere, but the absolute child poverty numbers are worrying
Retweeted by Owen BarderUgh. All the goals are goals that help you get to the other goals. @alanhudson1 I suspect that may be fatalism rather than lack of impartiality. @jwbstead I'm against hypothecation for lots of reasons.Amen. Also good sources of revenue for developing countries. @julianHjessop :-) @alanhudson1 Srsly, though - I think it is more important how +diverse+ an organisation's funding is than whether they get funding from X. @alanhudson1 It is really the shareholders, not the Bank itself, that deserves criticism on the WB Prez selection process. @julianHjessop Oh, I agree. I was just pedantically challenging your assertion that "some job" is better than "no job". @julianHjessop err, not necessarily? Depends on how low paid it is, and what the job entails? @Flora_Alexander @kwatkinsodi Is it shocking? Or is it merely the corollary of good news elsewhere? @MissEllieMae OK. We are no use to you on that. Maybe @arrhenius can help?The US nominates Jim Kim for a second term at the World Bank. Not the open, merit based process we were promised. @MissEllieMae This is a relatively quick read which may be helpful background?
First crowdfunded Development Impact Bond looks for $2.5mln | Africa Capital Digest
Retweeted by Owen BarderInteresting. (Especially if the paper deals well with causation). @laurencechandy @RSkidelsky its golden era was the second half of the nineteenth century. Been under attack since them.Police ordering a woman to undress in public. Disgraceful. Once again the world is denied an open, merit-based process in this global institution. "the era of unregulated mass population movement is drawing to a close." I was unaware it had started.
Retweeted by Owen BarderBeautiful morning for a swim.🏊🏊☀️☀️ @Zone3official @SigmaSport
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@ryanbriggs hah! so did I (and I knew what Alan was working on)There was a 12yr old boy on that train. He sat on the floor with Corbyn and told him a story about hope. That boy's name? Albert Einstein.
Retweeted by Owen BarderChildren are not "suicide bombers" they are murder victims. Epimenides did politics ... can the Olympic Games teach us about economics? @MESandbu explores: can the games teach us about economics? (In which the excellent @MESandbu quotes the incisive @OwenBarder.)
Retweeted by Owen BarderOrganisational incentives - in Cambodia, which has massively reduced maternal mortality.
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Catastrophe bonds are the next big thing in insurance – and they could shake up emergency aid too: @theobot1000
Retweeted by Owen BarderI hope to God this sort of thing is legalized in UK before I or my loved ones are in position to want it
Retweeted by Owen Barder @LearnKotch @bschlenker @stipton @hjarche @tomspiglanin This seems to be a clear explanation @bschlenker @LearnKotch @stipton @hjarche @tomspiglanin I +think+ that is right.This is helpful clarity. If you are being paid to speak at a conference you need a permitted paid engagement visa.“Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians” says Jean-Claude Juncker. What say you, @m_clem ? 2085 most cities could be too hot to host the summer Olympics Mania ... @dinapomeranz @rachelnabors I hope someone can shed more light; but I think conclusion is no seminars in the UK if there is a speaker feeCongratulations Frank!
Proud, humbled & honoured to represent this group of exceptional people. Here's to the dreamers & the history makers
Retweeted by Owen BarderMust-read for any out-of-country speakers getting paid for services in the UK
Retweeted by Owen Barder1/2 Just re-read Adam Hochschild's extraordinary book on slavery #burythechains - inspiring, depressing and text for #modernslavery campaign
Retweeted by Owen BarderApparently UK Border now saying you need a work permit to speak at a conference in the UK. If so, this is insane. @patel4witham you may be interested in these lessons for international development is bonkers. Denmark #handball #Gold #allforrio
Retweeted by Owen BarderGold🎖Denmark beats France in handball at #Rio2016 Congratulations! Most successful games for years. Well fought!
Retweeted by Owen Barder @GeorgePeretzQC your Christian church still won't marry Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh ... @GeorgePeretzQC become an atheist! You can have all the good bits of morality and none of the hate and fear ... @GeorgePeretzQC indeed many christians don't agree with Christian Voice. But I don't think that makes their vile spewings unchristian. @GeorgePeretzQC the big difference is that democrats don't have a Holy Book which they believe tells them right from wrong. @GeorgePeretzQC Hah! I see no contradiction. That is consistent with my perception of the values of many religious people.Every 4 yrs, GB celebrates its Olympian diversity - ethnic, religious, sexuality. What the hell happens in between?
Retweeted by Owen Barder @DFID_RED_GCSD the most obvious is that it helps to have a large, strong economy .... :-)How the UK Border Force treated an American invited to speak at a web conference. (from June) can International Development learn from the success of Britain's Olympic Team? about the morality you live by. Then ask whether you live it as seriously as this.
Retweeted by Owen BarderMo Farah represents the very best of the British character. He was a kid from a wartorn hellhole, and we took him in.
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Still to be ratified but almost certain @serpentinerc will be promoted to Division 2 in SAL next season. Brilliant job Serpies.
Retweeted by Owen BarderBritain's #Olympic team made a huge turnaround – what lessons can they pass on to global development? @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderDear @BBCNews, change insensitive photo re: Marie Stopes story. Why does image imply she is ashamed? @EverydaySexism
Retweeted by Owen Barder @johnthegeo any opportunity to bang the drum ...
@sjarnvig :-)Why accessible health system #data is critical in humanitarian crises #WorldHumanitarianDay
Retweeted by Owen Barder @sjarnvig I agree with him that arbitrary targets (high or low) are a bad idea. (I prefer continuous payoff functions.)Africans should have term limits, says newspaper from country with no term limits and a hereditary monarch. @sjarnvig well I thought so too. That is what I disagree with ... @sjarnvig oh, maybe I misunderstood him. @fp2p Actually I don't mean 'aid'. Both principles (results-based & adaptive marginal gains) apply to developing countries' own policies.Nice piece by @owenbarder -reminiscent of industrial policy in Singapore.
Retweeted by Owen BarderMaybe @DFID_UK should spend some time shadowing @SportEngland? Interesting and fun article on delivering results
Retweeted by Owen Barder @owenbarder I think one thing you missed is a defined timeframe and delivery date. Dev faces battle between structural change and relief/aid
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@thoughts_two yes, I agree. That is also my experience. @leniwild No bandwagon too tenuous, that's my motto ...Two lessons for development from Team GB: results based financing, and marginal gains based on rigorous testing. @GlobalIntegrity You are very kind. @scottleibrand That is how ours are supposed to work too. But often requires an assistant to approve it and often subsequently complains.What can international development learn from Team GB? I get on the OlympicBalls bandwagon .... @_alice_evans Yep, that's my work around too. Doesn't seem to benefit anyone to make us do that.Wanted: a self checkout system that doesn't assume you are stealing whenever you use your own bag. #FirstWorldProblems
Jason Kenny packing his kit into a Bag for Life just after winning his sixth gold medal is the most British thing I've ever seen
Retweeted by Owen Barder+1 do swimmers break more records than runners? Complexity. @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderI'M IN THE OLYMPIC FINAL!!! Wahhhhh!! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
Retweeted by Owen BarderSimple economics of cash transfers to refugees A same rationale should apply to traditional development aid #sdgs
Retweeted by Owen BarderOver 2/3 of all private #development assistance comes from sources in the US. More here:
Retweeted by Owen Barder @hiltonholloway I sort of hope you are right, but fear you are probably not. @hiltonholloway the troll told her to "learn some actual SCIENCE". I think her PhD in astrophysics indicates she has done that.This is an awesome exchange. @samwgardner I can well believe that. I find it hard to imagine that seeing a gold medalist makes sedentary people active. @samwgardner That's a very good question. I wonder if there is a solid connection between elite performance and mass participation? @rajeshmirchand your friends at the BBC are being pretty partisan too. (But not this, admittedly.)