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King Center faculty affiliates provide analyses of critical issues in low- and middle-income countries with new research, strategies, and policy proposals.

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Tracking China's Growth

As the United States and China enter a new and contentious phase of their relationship, Stanford scholars are setting and expanding research agendas to analyze China’s economic development and its impact on the world. 

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The Conflict Legacy of China's Population Policies

China's One-Child Policy had surprisingly little to do with lowering fertility rates, but it did lead to a severe imbalance in the sex ratio — with consequences that are likely to haunt the country for years.

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Aid Challenges in Fragile States

Foreign assistance is hampered by ineffective governments in fragile states, but state building may require more effort to work through rather than around governments.

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Conflict and Polarization

Intergroup conflicts are among the most formidable obstacles to economic development, but economic interventions can be promising approaches to mitigating polarization and conflict.

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Food Security

Because many of the world’s poorest people work in agriculture, raising farm productivity is critical to improving nutrition and limiting food insecurity.

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Health

Addressing low coverage of preventive health services and products is critical to improving health outcomes. Subsidies, information campaigns, and bringing services closer to users can be effective tools to improve utilization.

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Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Most businesses in the developing world are informal, small, and locked in a no-growth cycle of low sales and low profits. Improving access to management tools for small businesses is one way to help entrepreneurs.

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Migration and Refugees

Promoting safe and orderly migration that effectively integrates refugees can help mitigate tensions and foster development and economic growth.

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Public Sector Performance

Ineffective public sector performance remains a major obstacle to development in many poor countries. Providing better information to voters and improving community participation can help increase public sector accountability and performance.

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Water and Poverty

Inadequate water service contributes to poor health outcomes and limits opportunities for education and income generation. Getting better water closer to households and improving maintenance and monitoring can help to improve water supply investments.

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US government abortion restrictions for foreign aid

US policy requires all foreign NGOs that receive funding to not support abortion, but Stanford researchers found that the policy led to increases in abortion and pregnancies, and a reduction in contraceptive use, in some sub-Saharan African countries.

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