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Tommie Thompson

Tommie Thompson

Quantitative Researcher

Tommie Thompson is a social science researcher with experience working on impact evaluations, randomized controlled trials, and international development projects. Before joining the Charter Cities Institute, he was a government consultant evaluating large-scale USAID and MCC projects in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He was also a Research Specialist at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, where he led behavioral experiments to address poverty in Kenya and Nigeria. His research interests include conflict, urbanization, and the political economy of development. Tommie has a BA from the University of Chicago, and an MPP from Georgetown University. He soon hopes to ride the entire NYC and DC metro systems in one day.

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April Book Club Review

Each month the CCI team selects a new book to read and discuss together Our book club selections cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to charter cities but they are most often related to development urban issues and governance In this ongoing

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Ciudad Morazán

Ciudad Morazán: A Libertarian City Without Any Libertarians

Introduction Massimo Mazzone can have a prickly demeanor. The sixty-year-old Italian businessman is usually abrupt and to the point, especially when discussing business. He is unafraid to raise his voice when addressing an employee who isn’t performing up to standard or when discussing his closely

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Ciudad Morazán: Una Ciudad Libertaria Sin Libertarios

Introducción Massimo Mazzone puede tener un carácter áspero. El empresario italiano de sesenta años suele ser brusco y directo, especialmente al hablar de negocios. No teme alzar la voz cuando se dirige a un empleado que no está rindiendo según lo esperado o al discutir

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The Journey of a Banana, Part One

Introduction: Ripening Questions There is something about buying fruits and vegetables straight from a street stand. Whenever I travel, I enjoy buying food from street shops while quickly chatting with the owner. I guess it makes me feel a bit closer to the place I

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Minimal Viable City

Minimum Viable City

Jon Vandenheuvel is obsessed. He is obsessed with affordability, auditability, and bankability. According to Jon, these three things are the keys to lifting developing economies out of poverty. Currently, he is focused on providing housing options to Africans with incomes between $50 and $250 a

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