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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 https://t.co/4PO56qO1S8 @NIESRorg Macro modelling job vacancy here. Ideal for new econ PhDs https://t.co/BvfBPnIpwe
Retweeted by Owen BarderGlad to see the nonsense of "sitting fees" getting some attention https://t.co/bduDOmFKVYAwesome. https://t.co/kP9RbBcXMcFantastic that there are 5 women in the running to be the next UN SG, bios below https://t.co/ke1s6fBqWo
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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8/26
2016
@jwbstead interesting question. Maybe ...“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank https://t.co/VdK3Uk8CLQ
Retweeted by Owen BarderPerhaps both? The relative position reflects progress elsewhere, but the absolute child poverty numbers are worrying https://t.co/KSuPbVhTRZ
Retweeted by Owen BarderUgh. All the goals are goals that help you get to the other goals. https://t.co/0PHbml2y7O @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. https://t.co/e6EXqePjrI @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. https://t.co/ryeXlVsZk0 @MissEllieMae This is a relatively quick read which may be helpful background? https://t.co/Mac3t1zYi0
8/25
2016
First crowdfunded Development Impact Bond looks for $2.5mln | Africa Capital Digest https://t.co/vUxRcDRKYh
Retweeted by Owen BarderInteresting. (Especially if the paper deals well with causation). https://t.co/UHowdU3a8Y @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. https://t.co/60NbYL33jySigh. Once again the world is denied an open, merit-based process in this global institution. https://t.co/cgaj2GYzGNApparently "the era of unregulated mass population movement is drawing to a close." I was unaware it had started. https://t.co/9xmfWU0fRi
Retweeted by Owen BarderBeautiful morning for a swim.🏊🏊☀️☀️ @Zone3official @SigmaSport https://t.co/k1FXc6rSxX
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8/24
2016
@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. https://t.co/Z1ij5MmuFrIf Epimenides did politics ... https://t.co/mkNAfDOnkuWhat can the Olympic Games teach us about economics? @MESandbu explores: https://t.co/qpnKVLwjZaWhat can the games teach us about economics? (In which the excellent @MESandbu quotes the incisive @OwenBarder.) https://t.co/XSHd6s1hRg
Retweeted by Owen BarderOrganisational incentives - in Cambodia, which has massively reduced maternal mortality. https://t.co/C9hYR4HeVd https://t.co/s8s1NN05Z1
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8/23
2016
Catastrophe bonds are the next big thing in insurance – and they could shake up emergency aid too: https://t.co/5qsWh2zoZ0 @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 https://t.co/7VHR5jZQYi
Retweeted by Owen Barder @LearnKotch @bschlenker @stipton @hjarche @tomspiglanin This seems to be a clear explanation https://t.co/HBs2j7SByd @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. https://t.co/2lQwi5BQiJ“Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians” says Jean-Claude Juncker. What say you, @m_clem ?https://t.co/cyLE18jbA5By 2085 most cities could be too hot to host the summer Olympics https://t.co/fBBS9VD2T9Mo Mania ... https://t.co/JBDQnGoWZM @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! https://t.co/qc7n9OXi4v
8/22
2016
Proud, humbled & honoured to represent this group of exceptional people. Here's to the dreamers & the history makers https://t.co/FQ5bPc44nl
Retweeted by Owen BarderMust-read for any out-of-country speakers getting paid for services in the UK https://t.co/Lucxp6ZMRl
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. https://t.co/YsnAIaSrdi+1 @patel4witham you may be interested in these lessons for international development https://t.co/vQ4rVCWLmA https://t.co/lCdTp0NzCFThis is bonkers. https://t.co/rgsqSd5UEnCongrats Denmark #handball #Gold #allforrio
Retweeted by Owen BarderGold🎖Denmark beats France in handball at #Rio2016 Congratulations! Most successful games for years. Well fought! https://t.co/L9iE7unLpf
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? https://t.co/ZfRF0OCI1y
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) https://t.co/S2YJHadLhUWhat can International Development learn from the success of Britain's Olympic Team? https://t.co/vQ4rVCWLmA https://t.co/kLNFWO8NKaThink about the morality you live by. Then ask whether you live it as seriously as this. https://t.co/neflLZ4McO
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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8/21
2016
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? https://t.co/nALCYcF8kM @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderDear @BBCNews, change insensitive photo re: Marie Stopes story. Why does image imply she is ashamed? @EverydaySexism https://t.co/Ni1jQlTrol
Retweeted by Owen Barder @johnthegeo any opportunity to bang the drum ...
8/20
2016
@sjarnvig :-)Why accessible health system #data is critical in humanitarian crises https://t.co/ZDXLAoFRns #WorldHumanitarianDay https://t.co/R9wCRd23AM
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. https://t.co/niwt0F7nQp @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. https://t.co/fNfjXorHCs
Retweeted by Owen BarderMaybe @DFID_UK should spend some time shadowing @SportEngland? Interesting and fun article on delivering results https://t.co/hByPiwHxcs
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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8/19
2016
@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. https://t.co/vQ4rVCWLmA @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 .... https://t.co/vQ4rVCWLmA @_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
8/18
2016
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 https://t.co/ftFq9KLgaIWhy do swimmers break more records than runners? https://t.co/WGGisr9bGO Complexity. @owenbarder
Retweeted by Owen BarderI'M IN THE OLYMPIC FINAL!!! Wahhhhh!! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
Retweeted by Owen BarderSimple economics of cash transfers to refugees https://t.co/gUJOTqwvMj 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: https://t.co/7VGABXbk3D https://t.co/sjPQPOhsAq
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. https://t.co/WdAG3SozEf https://t.co/KDbssHTtOF @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.)
8/16
2016
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