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The Vigor of Rigor: Moneyball, Nate Silver, and IPA

Nov 08/12 | From the blog
by Carl Brinton

You needed years of personal experience to pick a winner, they said. It was about trusting your gut, not the numbers. Building a team in baseball had long been the purview of salty scouts with decades of experience who had seen and delved into the psyche of thousands of players, but as is now well known and documented, moneyball changed all that. A focus on numbers and cost effectiveness, within a few short years, has upended the sesquicentenarian art of baseball scouting. 

Female Voter Empowerment through an Information Awareness Campaign

Nov 05/12 | From the blog
by Xavier Giné

 

Editor’s note: Xavier Giné is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. In our continuing series, he talks about research he presented at the Impact and Policy Conference.

The Pros and Cons of Understandable Research

Oct 22/12 | From the blog
by Scott Guggenheim
 
Editor’s note: Scott Guggenheim is a Social Policy Adviser at AusAID and participated in the Post-Conflict recovery panel at the Impact and Policy Conference held in Bangkok.
 

Economic Conditions, Political Institutions, and Conflict

Oct 16/12 | From the blog
by Lakshmi Iyer, Harvard Business School
 
Editors note: Lakshmi Iyer is Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. In our continuing series, she discusses her presentation from our Impact and Policy Conference.
 

Harnessing Market Forces to Fight Fake Drugs

Oct 05/12 | From the blog
by David Yanagizawa-Drott
 
Editor's Note: David Yanagizawa-Drott is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  In this guest post he talks here about his research presented recently at our Impact and Policy Conference.
 

Nudging Into Savings

Sep 21/12 | From the blog
by Rebecca Rouse
 

Back to School for Proven Impact on Three Continents

Sep 21/12 | From the blog
by Zachary Groff
 
All the kids are back in school, and Students for Proven Impact (SPI) is poised for a big year around the world, with chapters already running at full speed at Yale University, St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, and the University of Ghana. New SPI chapters will also start up this year at Baylor University, Bryant University, Haverford College, and Pomona College.
 
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