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Helping Ugandan families save for school fees

May 13/11 | From the blog
by Sarah Kabay

The Boston Review recently hosted a forum beginning with the article “Small Changes, Big Results” by Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer.  The forum featured seven responses, each focusing on a different concern, though as Glennerster and Kremer later noted, “One of the themes of the responses is that randomized evaluati

The Double Standard for RCTs

May 04/11 | From the blog
by Nathanael Goldberg

More good stuff from the World Bank's Development Impact blog: David McKenzie has a brilliant 'rant' on the external validity double standard, where people are more likely to fault randomized trials for illuminating only a particular context.

Book Reviews

Apr 20/11 | From the blog

Poor Economics is reviewed by the Economist.

"Mr Banerjee and Ms Duflo advocate what they call a “quiet revolution”. They insist that things can be improved “at the margin”, which is an economist’s way of saying that things can get better, even if they are very bad."

and More Than Good Intentions by Jesse Anttila-Hughes.

Dear Randomista: How to get started as a young researcher

Apr 15/11 | From the blog

Over at the World Bank Development Impact blog, David McKenzie posts a question from a reader and some advice from Dean Karlan and Dean Yang. 

MTGI Released Today

Apr 14/11 | From the blog

More Than Good Intentions (MTGI), the new book by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel was released today.

Order your copy here

What Works in Post Conflict Recovery?

Apr 13/11 | From the blog
"The World Development Report has now been released, and its focus is very much in line with the current of development thought right now: fragile states.

More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

Apr 11/11 | From the blog

In celebration of the release of their book this Thursday April 14th, authors Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel will be giving away 1 pill for deworming children for each mention of #morethangoodintentions on Twitter (up to 10,000 pills).

New Impact Evaluation Blog

Apr 04/11 | From the blog

David McKenzie (an IPA affiliate) launched a new blog at the World Bank; "Development Impact" last friday. No doubt essential reading for global development wonks. 

Our goal is to cover a broad range of issues relating to impact evaluations, including:

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