Category Archives: Geography

Wheeler Institute project team collaborates with Dharma Life to transform their model in response to COVID-19

You can see the last time we posted about this project was announcing the project here. COVID-19 has affected many people in many ways in 2020. Geric and I are very lucky that the biggest personal impact has been that our post MBA employment was delayed by six months. When this happened in May, I […]

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Dharma Life’s Pivot: How a social enterprise is empowering women entrepreneurs and transforming its model in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 poses an immense threat to the people of rural India. This is the case both immediately as a health and wellbeing concern and in the longer term as development issues fail to progress due to a shift in focus and funding. Approximately 400 million people working in the informal economy in India are at risk of falling deeper into poverty due to this crisis. This devastating impact on livelihood could take the lives of more Indians than the disease itself.

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We have identified more opportunities for innovation as a result of COVID-19

Kamalini Ramdas, Professor of Management Science was joined in conversation with Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director of the Aravind Eye Care System, the biggest eye care system in the world, treating about 4.5million patients per year, in Tamil Nadu, India to discuss how patient care and staff support can be maintained during the lockdown.

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Developing countries need to take their own approach when reacting to COVID-19

Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics at Yale, with concurrent appointments at Yale School of Management and the Department of Economics, to discuss how different factors mean that countries have to adapt the policy measures they are taking to limit the impact of the pandemic.

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Africa should use this opportunity to prepare for the next pandemic 

Elias Papaioannou, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, as well as Associated Faculty in Economics, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, and consider the steps policymakers need to take to take as a result of the pandemic.

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Could fear caused by COVID-19 affect voting behaviour?

How will the pandemic change political messaging and voter intention? Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Ruben Durante, ICREA Research Professor at UPF, Affiliated Professor of the Barcelona GSE, research affiliate of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), and Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic […]

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The reaction to the Coronavirus crisis will have more consequences and touch more lives than the trigger

How much of an impact is COVID-19 going to have on the world? Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Moisés Naím, an internationally-syndicated columnist and best-selling author, including The End of Power, as well as Venezuela’s […]

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The need for accurate economic data is on a par with having accurate medical data during the pandemic

How can we quickly and accurately measure the macroeconomic shock brought about by COVID-19? Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Paolo Surico, Professor of Economics at London Business School, to discuss the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Economists are reliant on household consumption data to provide insights related to the impact of […]

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Hunger could kill more people than COVID-19

Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Oriana Bandiera, Italian economist and academic and Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, specialising in development economics, to discuss how her research in Bangladesh relating to the Ebola outbreak might have lessons for other developing economies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for us to decide what sort of world we want to build

Kamalini Ramdas, Professor of Management Science and Operations; Deloitte Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship was joined in conversation with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader and ”the world’s banker to the poor”, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and founder of the Grameen Bank.

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