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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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Laura Starita
March 09, 2012
This post summarizes findings from a study in education presented on March 2, 2012 at a half-day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA). Please forgive...
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Laura Starita
March 06, 2012
This post summarizes findings from a group of studies in education that were presented on March 2, 2012 at a half day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Evaluation for Global Action (...
Laura Starita
March 05, 2012
This post summarizes findings from a group of studies in education that were presented on March 2, 2012 at a half-day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)....
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Leah Stern
February 28, 2012
At Academy Award parties on Sunday across the country, people filled out sample ballots to guess the Oscar winners before they were announced. Now we’re doing the same thing. We’ve got a new challenge for all you blog readers out there: predict the...
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Leah Stern
February 23, 2012
The UK has a really interesting initiative called the Behavioral Insights Team, colloquially known as the Nudge unit (after the popular book by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler). They published some neat results recently, which are eloquently...
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Leah Stern
January 27, 2012
The Global Journal has just published the “first ever” list of 100 best NGOs (non-governmental organizations). We can’t vouch for their claim that this is the first list of its kind, ever, but it is undoubtedly an intriguing premise. And we’re...
January 12, 2012
At Foreign Affairs, Timothy Besley asks “why are some countries rich and others poor?” He then takes us on an interesting, albeit brief, journey into the development of economics itself, arguing that while poverty poses the greatest challenge to the...
January 11, 2012
On January 17, 2012, more than 360 people joined this discussion of the Borrow Less Tomorrow (BoLT) Program, a behavioral approach to helping low- and middle-income individuals and families pay down expensive debt. Using principles of behavioral...
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Leah Stern
December 31, 2011
Last month, Annie Duflo assumed the executive directorship of IPA, replacing Dean Karlan, who will stay on as President. Annie has been with IPA for over three years serving as Vice President and Research Director. With this shift in leadership, we...

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