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Finally, an aid policy that really makes sense, and–collectively–it may work as a global economic stimulus as well.

A United Nations agency said on Thursday it was giving researchers in least developed countries subscriptions to scientific journals worth $400,000 a year, to help spur more worldwide inventions.

The World Intellectual Property Organization said the 50 LDC countries would get some 64 technical publications free online, while 58 more developing nations would get them for $1,000 a year.

These kinds of projects are so rare, I think because the benefits are so vague and impossible to measure. Policy makers, generally, can not pursue projects without a defined, positive outcome. The difference here, presumably, is the very low cost of the project. Subscriptions worth $400,000, but nobody is subscribing from these places anyway.

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