Claire Horrell
June 12, 2013
  The New York Times notes the resurgence of “ability grouping” in US elementary school classrooms:   Now ability grouping has re-emerged in classrooms all over the country—a trend that has surprised education experts who believed the outcry had all...
Camille Boudot
May 23, 2013
In Sub-Saharan Africa, most labor employed on the farm and in family enterprises is family labor. When we account for the time by family members on the farm and enterprise profits, we find that they are making less per hour than they would be making...
Alexandra Fielden
May 21, 2013
Women in the remote village of Markuny in Kenya are taking the lead and treating their families’ drinking water. This was not always the case; Markuny used to be one of the many places in the world where waterborne diseases are commonplace. Globally...
Beniamino Savonitto, Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan
May 10, 2013
Does microcredit for the average poor borrower lead to welfare improvement through business investment, or does it fuel consumption and lead to cycles of high-cost debt? What is the best way to support the accumulation of savings for particular life...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
May 02, 2013
  IPA is pleased to talk about some new findings on the best way to help women in the aftermath of war. Our affiliate Chris Blattman has been working in northern Uganda, which is recovering from 20 years of war with Joseph Kony and the Lord’s...
Gautam Nair
April 10, 2013
  Americans don’t save enough. Richard Thaler, a behavioral economist at the University of Chicago, writes in the New York Times that we know how to make people save more for retirement. We need to make payroll retirement accounts available to...
Beniamino Savonitto, Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan
March 28, 2013
Editor’s note: This cross-post with the Next Billion blog was written by Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, who directs IPA’s Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, and Beniamino Savonitto, director of the Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund supported...
Chlorine dispensers for safe water
Alexandra Fielden
March 21, 2013
  To celebrate World Water Day, IPA’s Dispensers for Safe Water initiative is busting some water-based myths…   Myth 1: The human body is 90% water. Truth: The average adult human is actually somewhere between 55% and 75% water, which is still a...
Katie Parry
March 15, 2013
  All eyes were on Kenya in recent weeks during the run up to the election. The tension was of course understandable; this was the first election since more than 1,000 people were killed in the violence that broke out after Raila Odinga questioned...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
February 28, 2013
An article has been circulating that exposes the secret underpinning much of social science theory. Ethan Watters, who previously chronicled the spread of western-style mental illness around the world, now discusses a global flaw in behavioral...
February 18, 2013
So what if there was a credit card designed to save you money? That’s the idea behind a new credit card designed in partnership with IPA researchers. We know that credit cards make spending easy, but with our partner Neighborhood Trust Financial...
January 25, 2013
  Continuing CGAP’s blog series on practitioners’ takes on our Impact and Policy Conference in Bangkok, Gordon Cooper, head of Emerging Market Solutions at Visa shares his perspective. There to moderate a panel on financial inclusion, he talks about...
January 22, 2013
Our friends over at CGAP are starting a series of posts addressing policy research from the practitioner’s point of view.  In an ideal world policy researchers and practitioners would work closely - researchers want their insights used and...
Agriculture researcher in Kenya
Dean Karlan
January 10, 2013
  I have an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (link may require subscription), where I call for some respect for the U.S. Congress’ Fiscal Cliff idea. Congress, back in 2011, couldn’t agree on a budget, so came up with a way to force the hand of its...
Dean Karlan
December 28, 2012
Over on Freakonomics, IPA founder Dean Karlan, shares from his experience in his Economist’s Guide to Year-End Charitable Giving.  He goes through 5 bad habits we don’t even realize we have, like fooling ourselves into thinking we lived up to our...
Carmen Easterwood
December 26, 2012
  How do you go through life without a bank account? How do you save money? Cash your paycheck? Pay your bills? Life without a bank account limits your access to secure places to build up assets and links to other financial products like loans. In...
Carmen Easterwood
December 12, 2012
  Financing for global poverty reduction is changing. Formerly the domain of rich country development agencies and international organizations, philanthropic foundations and private investment are increasingly playing an important role in...
November 29, 2012
  Editor’s note: Russell Toth is a Lecturer in Economics at The University of Sidney. In this guest post he talks about research he presented at our Impact and Policy Conference.   How do we move from “proof of concept” to implementable programs in...
Joshua Blumenstock
November 12, 2012
  Editor’s note: Joshua Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University. In this guest post he talks about research he presented at our Impact and Policy Conference.     While...
Malawian farmers gather around a computer to observe the fingerprinting technology used in the study.
Dean Yang
Carmen Easterwood
November 09, 2012
  How do you offer a loan to a farmer that can provide no evidence of his credit history or even of his true identity? Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries face this question every day, as they work to extend credit to people...