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Less work and more pray...

Less work and more pray...

July 2, 2016

The Economist

But Messrs Campante and Yanagizawa-Drott found that the most important reason for lower growth was that Muslims choose to work fewer hours. They are seemingly no less productive in years when fasts are longer. Surveys indicate that during those years they value work less and religion and leisure more. “You could say it is a healthy shift in attitudes,” says Mr Yanagizawa-Drott.

Could a smartphone app give Pakistan the push it needs to be polio-free?

Could a smartphone app give Pakistan the push it needs to be polio-free?

June 22, 2016

By Shehryar Nabi - Dawn

Despite being closer than they have ever been to reaching their polio-free goal, the government's campaigns still have some problems: areas are often missed by health workers and unvaccinated children continue to fall through the cracks. [...] Researchers from UC San Diego, Harvard, University of Southern California and UC Berkley pitched an initiative to the Punjab government with an aim to understand health worker behaviour.

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