Goodbye DC, hello India?

This research project has evolved to a cross-country study on the relationship between agricultural growth and the prevalence of undernourishment. In order to get to the root of the poverty in developing countries, this study will help policymakers understand what impact their projects to build up farmer productivity is having on nutrition. Based on the literature review and suggestions from John, I built my dataset using the prevalence of undernourishment in developing countries as my dependent variable and agricultural growth as my main independent variable.

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Beijing

It’s been three days since I arrived in Beijing, and it feels nice to be back in the city that I called home last summer and fall. Recently my research has been frustrating, however, which was somewhat expected since things do not always go as according to plan in China. Rail transit is very prominent throughout China, as people pour out of and into cities to and from the countryside several times every year during vacation and holidays. China’s railway stations are not altogether centralized, however, so one cannot (except for a few exceptions) purchase a ticket from Shanghai to Hong Kong in Beijing. Tickets cannot be purchased far in advance either– some routes do not release tickets outside of a week’s timeframe while others are released 10-20 days ahead of departure.

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