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'Knowledge' or Knowledgeable Banks? International Financial Institutions' Generation of Knowledge in Times of Crisis

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The food-price crisis is testing the capacity of so-called 'knowledge institutions' to generate relevant knowledge with which to serve their clients better. This article analyses the voluminous knowledge generated by such banks and other international institutions in the context of the food-price crisis: in particular, its technical features; the depth and merits of the subsequent policy discussion; and the connection between the knowledge generated and specific policy advocacy. It also provides an explanation for the inability of these institutions to anticipate the dire consequences of the crisis, other than the widely accepted 'perfect storm' storyline. Copyright (c) The Author 2010. Journal compilation (c) 2010 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • José Cuesta, 2010. "'Knowledge' or Knowledgeable Banks? International Financial Institutions' Generation of Knowledge in Times of Crisis," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 28(1), pages 43-62, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:28:y:2010:i:1:p:43-62
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    1. José Cuesta & Suzanne Duryea & Fidel Jaramillo & Marcos Robles, 2010. "Distributive impacts of the food price crisis in the Andean region," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(7), pages 846-865.
    2. Cuesta, Jose, 2013. "Feeding five billion Asians : a socioeconomic perspective," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6328, The World Bank.

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