July 15, 2014

Texas A&M's Venkatesh Shankar on how emerging markets are reshaping the global innovation architecture.

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December 21, 2013

By the end of 2014, there will be more cellphone subscriptions in the world than there are people. This basic fact is forcing consumer-oriented companies to confront a host of new trends, already assertive in their influence. Growth in mobile banking, for instance—the management of money using cellphones—is stirring up the conventional role of banks in both developed and emerging economies.

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September 30, 2011

Much has been written about the poor quality of primary and secondary education in Indian government schools. Researchers have found that 25% of teachers in government schools are absent and only half of those who are present teach. Perhaps due to the lack of value of going to a school system which does provide limited teaching, and due to alternative uses of time, over 40% of India’s 361 million children remain out of school; and 46% of eligible children drop out before middle school.

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September 19, 2011

Biomass combustion using traditional cookstoves is thought to be the main contributor to indoor air pollution, a principal culprit of acute respiratory infections in children worldwide.  Black carbon emission from traditional cook-stoves is an important contributor to climate change as well.  Despite these hazards, half of the world’s population continues to rely on traditional biomass-burning stoves for cooking.

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