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Matt Andrews
Harvard Kennedy School
Matt is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, and commentator on governance in development
Interests: Matt's work focuses on various dimensions of the development puzzle, particularly questions about the role of government in such. What does a good government look like? How do good governments come about? Why have so many governments not improved even after decades of reform?
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HIn the last few days I have showed that the global competition for GDP growth has not been very competitive. The countries in 'division 1' of the global growth game in 1990 tended to also be in division 1 in 2016. They dominated global production and the growth in global... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at MattAndrews
For anyone interested in slides from my webinar this week, here they are. No presentation to go with them yet I'm afraid, but next week I assume I will have that! Download Exec ed march 2018 Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at MattAndrews
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Yesterday I offered some initial data showing that world economic competitiveness is not that high. I showed that the top performing countries--in terms of GDP and growth--remained (pretty much) the same between 1990 and 2015. This during a time when many developing countries emerged into the global economy and even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at MattAndrews
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The last few days I have blogged about the competitiveness of world soccer. I showed that national soccer teams actually change their rankings quite a bit through time. Even if most teams will never be really competitive in the world game. Especially poorer developing countries, who have seldom been high... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at MattAndrews
Yesterday I blogged about competitiveness in world soccer. I argued that international soccer is actually quite competitive; there is reasonable variation in who wins Word Cup tournaments, in who makes quarterfinals, and in how national teams are ranked over time. Just because world soccer is competitive does not mean that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at MattAndrews
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I'm doing research right now on the competitiveness of global competition. How competitive are the competitions countries encounter as they engage in world economics, development, and so forth? I have been looking at soccer in particular, given that over 200 countries and territories play the sport and we have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at MattAndrews
Yesterday's two thousand page spending bill in the United States keeps the government open for a few more months. This is seen as a sign of success in a Congress that seems to go from day-to-day in its governing of the economy. But it is no success. And it would... Continue reading
The US Congress is voting for a two year budget that increases government spending by 10-20% (given different reports I have read...with no clarity on whether anyone actually knows how much the increase really is). This spending increase comes just over a month after Congress passed a major tax cut.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at MattAndrews
As we wait to see which players will play in the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia, it might be interesting to reflect on patterns of representation in the last 4o years. My first observation relates to the de-localization of World Cup squads. 40 years ago--in 1978--there were 16 teams... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Football Focus
Hi! This is the conversational blog site created for my new firm, GetRealReform LLC. The firm is focused on supporting real change in organizations across the world, but especially in developing country governments. With my team, I have observed many change efforts across the globe produce limited results over the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at GetRealReform
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In the last few weeks I have been trying to understand where elite players ply their trade. The simplest hypothesis is that they play in high paying leagues. On top of that, one assumes they go where they speak the same language. On top of that, they go where they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Football Focus
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In past posts, I show the inequality in revenues across world football. Clubs and leagues and countries that have the best entertainers simply get more money than others. They use this money to buy more entertainers, and get even more money. This virtuous circle works well for a select group... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Football Focus
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Our research on global football finance shows that a few leagues and clubs in leagues have much more revenue than others. They attract more broadcast and sponsorship revenue and are more attractive to more fans attending games (at high cost) and buying merchandise. Countries are falling behind where leagues and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Football Focus
It has been interesting to see how FIFA presidential candidates engage with African representatives ahead of this week's elections. There have been meetings in Africa to court voters, for instance, and different candidates announcing that they have Africa's support. As an African, I thought I'd chime in with my views... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Football Focus
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In our recent working paper, Peter Harrington and I argue that FIFA needs to be broken up...into three functions: political, commercial, and regulatory. At present these three functions are blurred in the organization, which creates unavoidable conflicts of interest, opportunities for corruption and patronage, and more. In our opinion it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Football Focus
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This blog will be providing evidence of many challenging financial realities in global football. It will also, in time, suggest ideas to address these challenges. It also provides an opportunity for readers to offer their ideas to build financial integrity in football. So, please offer these as we move along.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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One of this blog's goals is simply to shed light on economic realities in football. Last week it discussed the inequality between leagues and clubs. The major observation was that some leagues, clubs and players are receiving a huge amount from the football windfall, but most are not getting much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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On Friday I posted a picture showing the differences in average wages of English Premiership teams facing each other over the weekend. Here is the update, showing which teams actually won the match ups. The winners are in green, losers in red, and all drawing clubs are in orange. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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The prior post examined the global inequalities in football, reflected in the different financial positions of different leagues--and players in these leagues. The inequalities are glaring when one considers the vast wealth of top leagues like the English Premiership and poorer leagues like some in Eastern Europe or in Africa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football is often portrayed as purely lucrative in the news media. Studies and reports cover the wealth of Real Madrid or high salary of Neymar. But football goes way beyond these clubs and players. In reality, there are between 4,000 and 6,000 professional clubs across the globe, with over 113,000... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Football Focus
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I have two posts on this blog already. They are intentionally full of data. My goal is to provide as much reliable evidence as possible about football's finances. But the reliability of all the evidence is questionable, I am afraid. This is because of football's financial data deficiencies. I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football may be considered the People’s Game, but it is also a Money Game. Money has entered the game relatively recently, however, and its entry and influence not been thoroughly well charted. This leaves a range of questions to be answered: Where is the money? How much is there? Who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football (soccer to those in the USA) is at something of a cross-roads. Building on a string of crises dating back to the early 2000s, the current 2015 FIFA crisis has bought the entire football sector into question, and its future into doubt. What will happen to FIFA? Will changes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Football Focus
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I have been interested to see that UEFA (the European Football Association) is taking a position against FIFA continuing with its leadership election, given the corruption crisis. In contrast, CAF (the African association) wants the election to go ahead. Tension between Europe and Africa is nothing new. And it is... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MattAndrews
"Football has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting." George Orwell I have been working on a project about sports governance for the past... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MattAndrews