Jeffrey Mosenkis
December 30, 2015
  We'd like to thank IPA's blog readers (as well as our Twitter and Facebook followers) for all the support this year. Here's a roundup of our most popular blog posts: 10. Making research useful, getting it used: A vision for Kenya.  Heidi McAnnally...
December 28, 2015
By Rebecca Thornton and Ariella Park Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is a key component of the HIV prevention strategy recommended by the World Health Organization (PDF) in fourteen priority African countries with high HIV prevalence...
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Annie Duflo
December 11, 2015
    I am thrilled to announce today the launch of ImpactMatters, an exciting new organization started by our founder, Dean Karlan. ImpactMatters is a new nonprofit organization that conducts "impact audits," short-term engagements with two...
Annie Duflo
December 09, 2015
IPA is different from typical non-profits—our impact isn’t just in the people we serve, but how we change the field. Our vision is a world with more evidence and less poverty, and we have seen that rigorous evidence can have outsized impact, by...
The use of "nudging" for a behavioral economics study in Afghanistan.
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Jan Chipchase
Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani
December 08, 2015
Perhaps the most cited triumph of behavioral economics – that marriage of economics and psychology that has put terms such as “nudge” and “fast versus slow thinking” into the popular lexicon – is the automatic opt-in. For example, more people donate...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 19, 2015
(updated 12/22/15) If you're going to be stuck traveling, you might as well get smarter, the IPA way. Here are some podcast episodes we in the family liked:     Note: These tend to be about social sciences and development, if you want more...
Mushfiq Mobarak, Florence Kondylis
November 18, 2015
  Recently, Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, appointed a cabinet that is 50% female. Explaining the choice, Trudeau stated that it was important “to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada” – and “because it’s...
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Mushfiq Mobarak
November 16, 2015
Bangladesh randomization lotteryCREDIT: Ishita Ahmed     Professor Angus Deaton deservedly won the Nobel Prize last month for his seminal work on micro-level data and measurement in economics. This has led to prominent news coverage of...
Nathan Barker
November 12, 2015
  The figure below comes from this paper, which attempts to replicate the finding that:  "A number of studies motivated by the costly signaling theory within evolutionary psychology have reported that priming inductions (such as looking at pictures...
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Sneha Stephen, Pooja Wagh
November 05, 2015
Digital technology is rapidly changing the way we design and offer financial products. Consumers who were unreachable by brick-and-mortar banks can now access formal financial services quickly and cheaply through their mobile phones or prepaid cards...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
October 13, 2015
    On Friday IPA founder and Yale economist Dean Karlan testified in front of a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, alongside Martin Ravallion of Georgetown University,  Patrick Chovanec of the...
September 21, 2015
By Colin Felsman IPA Colombia and J-PAL Latin America & Carribean, and Universidad de los Andes’ Center for the Study of Security and Drugs (CESED), recently convened policymakers, researchers, and civil society members to discuss proven...
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Deba Prasad Roy
September 02, 2015
By Jamie Zimmerman   Editor's note, this is a cross posting by CGAP, which originally appeared on their blog. IPA, CGAP and others will be partnering to address these issues in the upcoming Responsible Finance Forum.   "A massive data breach at All-...
August 13, 2015
We had a blog post reflecting on the recent East Africa Evidence Summit and five ways to make evidence useful for policy makers. Over on the Berkeley blog, Alexandra Orsola-Vidal and CEGA's East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST)...
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Esther Duflo, Dean Karlan
August 06, 2015
Transparent sharing of data and analyses is crucial to good science and informs sound policy. The two organizations that we helped found, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are committed to,...
Heidi McAnnally-Linz
July 15, 2015
In June, our Kenya team signed an MOU with the Kenyan government Vision 2030 program to collaborate on research outreach and public policy forums, particularly on themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The first such forum was last...
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Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig
July 10, 2015
Editors note: This is a cross-post with NextBillion. In 2009, Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that works to create market opportunities for artisans around the world, set up a program in Egypt. The goal was to support the growth of small...
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Stephanie Wykstra
April 15, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action was pleased to recently host a talk by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science (COS). COS aims to help researchers increase the transparency and reproducibility of their work. Founded in 2013 by...
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Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
April 07, 2015
Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year...
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March 23, 2015
By Konstantin Peric & Jake Kendall   Editors Note: Our partner, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has asked us to share this announcement with the financial inclusion community.     Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the...

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