Posts by Yaw Nyarko

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Anybody with $20M to spare – to end Ebola in West Africa in 2 weeks?

by Yaw Nyarko

In a perfect world, the Ebola virus raging in 3 countries in West Africa could be contained in a few days and ended in 2 weeks.  The incubation period of the virus from first contact to the time symptoms are visible is from 2 to 21 days.   Until the symptoms start one is not contagious.  […]

No Roads, No Votes

by Yaw Nyarko

Without a doubt, the people in developing countries are right in emphasizing the importance of roads.  It is for many villages, the very definition of modernity.  The road links the village to the rest of the country – bringing an expansion in the market whose importance Adam Smith has so forcefully written about.  Getting the […]

A Talk With Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse

by Yaw Nyarko

Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (IFRPI, Ethiopia) at NYU Africa House My good friend and colleague gave a great talk the other day.  It was on aspirations.  His basic argument is that there is something called “aspirations” that people have in their heads.  Their work effort depends upon the level of these aspirations.  The aspirations can be […]

Former Chairman of Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Efforts makes Headlines with New Report; Current Chairman Speaks at NYU Today

by Yaw Nyarko

The Financial Times has just leaked word on a report by Nuhu Ribadu, former head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts, on the effect of corruption in the Nigerian oil industry. Ribadu, currently serving as Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, reported that Nigeria loses $6.3 billion to oil theft each year, and lost an estimated $29 billion in […]