Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 17, 2012
The U.S. is experiencing the worst drought in a half century, and President Obama has announced new relief measures for farmers, in addition to the existing federal crop insurance plans.  While the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance plan has...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 07, 2012
  For those who don’t have time to trek to banks, or the minimum account balance to always keep in reserve (essentially on long term loan to the bank) or the requisite paperwork, check cashers are the go to place for financial services.   The New...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
August 02, 2012
  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan on Friday.  Unfortunately, after an optimistic separation from Sudan just over a year ago, the situation today is still not ideal.        Jon Lee Anderson reported on...
Rohit Naimpally
July 26, 2012
  Research by the World Health Organization tells us that indoor air pollution is the single largest risk factor for female mortality. Survey evidence in 2006 indicated that 98 percent of the rural population in Bangladesh cooked with traditional...
Bill Clinton
Doug Parkerson
July 23, 2012
  Two Bill Clintons converged on Entebbe, Uganda on Friday. One was hoping to meet his namesake; the other was visiting the east African country to support a pledge to eliminate diarrheal deaths in the country.   The parents of Bill Clinton Kaligana...
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...
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...
IPA staff training
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...