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Measuring the benefits of social science research

This paper addresses two questions: The first is What are the benefits of social science research?; the second is "How should they be measured?" The response to the first is that, as with research in the physical sciences, the benefits should be…

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Some useful methods for measuring the benefits of social science research

What are the “returns” to policy-oriented research in the social sciences? One presumes that the positive net benefits to society, or at least a certain segment of society, would be treated as returns, but how does one determine what these benefits…

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IFPRI and the abolition of the wheat flour ration shops in Pakistan

In February 1987, the Government of Pakistan (GOP) abolished the wheat ration shop system. Started as a food rationing program during World War II in colonial India, it had degenerated by the 1980s into a wasteful corrupt system that failed to reach…

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