10 must-read economics stories of the week, 16/03/2018

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Welcome to your weekly update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development.

1. The World Happiness Report – a ranking of 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants – is out. Find out how where you live, ranks. (World Happiness Report)

2. Culture and its influence on economics: the role of culture in shaping present-day economies cannot be ignored. (Economics Wire)

3. Teachers Say Social-Emotional Learning Is Important, But They Can't Do It Alone. New report summarizes findings about social-emotional learning and student engagement. (Education Week)

4. Why the automation boom could be followed by a bust: an aging workforce, advances in automation and growing income inequality point to an era of rapid and volatile change – and greater economic disruption. (Harvard Business Review)

5. There is no one size fits all approach to healthcare interventions in low and middle-income countries according to a new policy paper. (Center for Global Development)

6. What impact will trade agreements have on global food markets? Devex turned to the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center to find out. (Devex)

7. Closing the Gulf Region’s Gender Gap: There may still be some way to go, but there are clear signs that a proactive and progressive environment is being built by and for women in many parts of the GCC. (Gulf Business)

8. Debt is creeping back up in sub-Saharan Africa. The median debt-to-GDP ratio in the region is back over 50 percent. (Economist)

9. More crops, more cash: farmers in Cameroon struggling with the effects of prolonged drought are finding relief through a government-supported initiative to give them access to better crop seeds. (Reuters)

10. How Rwanda’s agency responsible for attracting investment, is turning a bat cave that once sheltered those fleeing genocide into a multi-layered economic boon. From construction to agriculture, this dark, significant bit of subterranean history promises a brighter future. (OZY)

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