• Cows and conquistadors: a comment on the colonial origins of comparative development 

    Fielding, David; Torres, Sebastian
    Robust estimation of the impact of political institutions on economic development requires the identification of valid instruments for institutional quality. Acemoglu et al. [2001] introduced the use of colonial settler ...
  • Does Aid Work for the Poor? 

    McGillivray, Mark; Fielding, David; Torres, Sebastian; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper econometrically examines the impact of aid on the well-being of population sub-groups within 48 developing countries. This is a radical departure from previous empirical research of aid effectiveness at the ...
  • Health, wealth, fertility, education and inequality 

    Fielding, David; Torres, Sebastian
    This paper uses a new cross-country dataset to estimate the strength of the links between different dimensions of social and economic development, including indicators of health, fertility and education as well as material ...