July 20, 2012
  Summary: The Cochrane Collaboration’s recent summary of the evidence on treating school-age children for soil-transmitted intestinal worms (or STH) is incomplete and misleading. While we do not comment on the evidence of the health and cognitive...
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Rohit Naimpally
July 09, 2012
Over at The Smoke-Filled Room, Yale PhD student Suparna Chaudhry writes: The Indian government must realize that simply granting a lump-sum of money to ex-combatants for a period of time cannot guarantee their reintegration—education and training...
Rebecca Rouse
July 03, 2012
This blog series highlights the US Household Finance Initiative's Innovation Fund grantees.The fund supports the development of scalable, market-tested products that help American households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt,...
Natalie Colatosti, Laurence Dessein
June 15, 2012
While the first day of the evidence-based education conference focused on where investments have the most impact in improving school participation and performance, the second day focused on topics that need more thorough research, such as learning...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
June 12, 2012
New staff from IPA, J-PAL, and EPoD are gathering this week in New Hampshire for a week of training in field methods.  We’ll learn about randomization methodology, data handling, statistics, and all the basics for field research boot camp. It’s also...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
June 05, 2012
Annie Duflo, our executive director and Dean Karlan have a piece over at Stanford Social Innovation Review. Like last time, they’re testing the wisdom of crowds (and of gut instincts) by asking you to guess if an intervention will be effective, and...
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Natalie Colatosti, Laurence Dessein
May 29, 2012
What does the evidence show about improving school participation and performance in Sub-Saharan Africa? This question was the focus of the first morning of the two-day evidenced-based education conference held in Accra, Ghana last week. Although...
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Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Alex Kobishyn
May 23, 2012
This blog was originally posted on the USAID Microlinks Blog after Aishwarya Ratan's presentation at their After Hours Seminar #61, "Matching Products with Preferences: Innovations in Commitment Savings for the Poor." Most people, regardless of age...
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Anna Cash
May 18, 2012
Randomized evaluations simultaneously emphasize that context matters and that human preferences are often shockingly similar across cultures and contexts.  For example, as humans, we tend to be present-biased, leading us to procrastinate, over-spend...
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Annika Rigole
May 09, 2012
In 2010, when I was role-playing with classmates in a graduate school Negotiations course, I never thought I would soon be facilitating a similar program in a secondary school in Zambia. Instead of topics in business and international affairs,...
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Rohit Naimpally
May 01, 2012
Actual Africans would live in villages designed by economist Jeffrey Sachs. Those villagers would wear wholesome hand-made ethnic clothing, dance to wholesome ethnic music and during the day they would grow food communally and engage in things...
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Rohit Naimpally
April 27, 2012
There is a pithy adage that every simple question has a complicated answer.In the context of development economics, this is meant to be a warning that silver bullets rarely exist; indeed, only a limited number of interventions are shown to have a...
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Heidi McAnnally-Linz
April 25, 2012
Today's NYTimes draws attention to how Zimbabweans are spending so much time waiting around for change -- not change of the political nature this time, the NYTimes notes, but change--small money--for any simple purchase. From bus rides, small...
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Rebecca Rouse, Brooke Berman
April 23, 2012
This blog series highlights the US Household Finance Initiative's Innovation Fund grantees. The fund supports the development of scalable, market-tested products that help households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build...
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Alexandra Fielden, Lilian Lehmann
April 18, 2012
“Has anyone in your family had cholera in the last 6 months?” the surveyor asks. “Yes. Five. Wait, no, six” the head of the household responds. Another family member sitting on the front step of their straw-thatched hut chimes in, “No, no, it’s...
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Rebecca Rouse
April 17, 2012
On Friday, Brooke Berman and I represented IPA’s U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) at the New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell ceremony. The event followed a panel on “Ensuring Consumers' Financial Success through Innovation and Technology...
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Jeremy Hand
March 22, 2012
This blog was originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for World Water Day. Recently, UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) announced the exciting news that we...
Dean Karlan
March 20, 2012
This blog series highlights the randomized trial of the impact of Compartamos, a for-profit microlender in Mexico, and their expansion in the Nogales area. The questions came from the original post here. Outcome measure: Is there substitution...
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Brooke Berman
March 16, 2012
This blog series highlights the US Household Finance Initiative's Innovation Fund grantees. The fund supports the development of scalable, market-tested products that help households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build...
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Dean Karlan
March 13, 2012
We are nearing completion of a randomized trial of the impact of Compartamos, a for-profit microlender in Mexico, and their expansion in the Nogales area. We will be posting our hypothesis before we do the analysis, and encourage readers to do the...

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