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PhD Blogging

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18 Jun 2013

Pro_1If  you want to have the discipline of sitting down and writing to display a production of knowledge then a self-hosting professional blogging platform is the systematic way to advance. I have said systematic to advance because to write on a specific knowledge contribution or production I have to read. Reading and writing in turn is a direct and distinct bonus for learning a lot. Consequently, a professional blogging platform is a systematic and cleaver way to do two things above all others: a continues reading  a lot and writing a lot.

In doing so I believe that my PhD journey here at ISS will abundantly benefit from this blogging activity to reflect in terms of both what I am reading and writing as well as getting virtual comments and suggestion. The idea of creating this blog accidentally strike my mind during my second meeting and discussion with my promotor Prof. Dr. Peter A.G. van Bergeijk. Immediately then after, I have started to design and created my blog: http://binyamafewerk.wordpress.com/. This insight of my promotor gave me credit to establish my own professional blogging. Thanks Peter for this fascinating insight.

The bottom line is: blogging is the best way to share ideas with our audience. In this respect I also advice my colleagues to establish their own blog.

Binyam Afewerk Demena is an Eritrean PhD candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds an MA in Development Studies with Economics of Development specialization from the same Institute where he is pursuing his PhD studies. Besides, his BA is in Economics and he is a certified IT Essentials I & II respectively from University of Asmara, Eritrea and CISCO Systems Networking Academy in collaboration with the former. His current PhD research is focuses on Foreign Direct Investment productivity spillovers in Sub-Saharan African countries.




“The sanctions against Iran meet the economic requirements for success. Over 2007-2011 on average 83% of Iranian exports, 34% of Iranian government revenues and 24% of Iranian GDP directly relate to the main target of the sanctions: the Iranian oil industry”, write Sajjad Faraji Dizaji and Peter A.G. van Bergeijk in this vox.eu column. The key question is whether this economic loss will induce a change in politics. According to their VAR analysis it does, but only in the short term. “By studying the dynamics of economic sanctions we are able to show why successful applications of economic sanction predominantly succeed in the early phase. For the Iranian, our research provides a clear answer: the sanctions can only help to soften the Iranian position in the short-run. Long-run, sanctions against Iran should not be expected to succeed.”

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Economics of Development (ECD) is a Major in the MA in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the ECD teaching team.