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Impact

We want our research to have a profound and far-reaching impact on the world’s poor.

Collaboration among academics, policymakers, development organizations, and business leaders is key to making progress. When research insights reach the people who are shaping policy and practice in the developing world, great things can happen. And when the people who are working on the front lines share their experiences with us, it stimulates new research ideas that can make an even greater impact.

While the impact of our research is often hard to measure in a moment, we are constantly striving to turn insights into action, to make progress, to change lives.

These stories reveal how the King Center’s research is working to make an impact.

Pollution is often accepted as an unavoidable cost of China's industrial and economic boom. But the James Liang Director of the China Program Hongbin Li is proving that trade-off is shaving years from people’s lives.
Stanford researchers have determined that more than 15 million children are living in high-mortality areas across 28 Sub-Saharan African countries, where death rates remain stubbornly high despite progress elsewhere within those countries.
In light of burgeoning international trade, Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development Faculty Affiliate Nick Bloom provides the first evidence on the importance of management practices for firm’s export performance. 
An international survey analyzing cognitive and workplace skills shows that work skills are particularly important for adaptation to economic change.

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