The IPA Blog


What do you get when a Visa exec comes to an IPA conference? It’ll bust your paradigm shift right out of the box.

Jan 25/13 | From the blog
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 what it was like to come from the private sector into a room full of academic researchers:

CGAP Blog: How Do You Get Policy Researchers and Practitioners to Communicate Better? Ask a 12-Year-Old.

Jan 22/13 | From the blog

Iqbal Dhaliwal speaking at the Impact and Policy Conference 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 pr

Dean Karlan's End-Of-Year Charitable Giving Tips

Dec 28/12 | From the blog


Over on Freakonomics, IPA founder Dean Karlan, shares from his experience in his Economist’s Guide to Year-End Charitable Giving

Policy R&D for Better Management Training in the Developing World

Nov 29/12 | From the blog
by Russell Toth
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.

Mobile Money and Giving After Natural Disasters

Nov 12/12 | From the blog
by Joshua Blumenstock
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.  

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. 

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