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Open for Business

Research Report June 18, 2014

Commissioned by Omidyar Network, Lateral Economics’ Open for Business report is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of open data to help the G20 achieve its 2% economic growth target.

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Private Capital, Public Good

Article July 1, 2014

A child born into poverty in the United States to a father who has served in prison has a 50 percent chance of seeing his dad return to prison by the time he turns three years old. Equally dim are the child’s chances of improving his income and lifetime opportunities, which are at less than 20 percent.

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From the Blog

The Business Case for Open Data

June 18, 2014

Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) and Nicholas Gruen, economist and CEO of Lateral Economics, unveiled today in Canberra the report, Open for Business.  It is the first study to quantify an

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SPOTLIGHT

How
can private capital work for public good?

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Smart federal policy is critical to advance impact investing.

By Paula Goldman

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