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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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 Director of Research. With this shift in leadership,...
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Leah Stern
December 30, 2011
Today, we're featuring a guest post from IPA Project Associate Hannah Trachtman. She just published a paper with co-authors James Andreoni and Justin M. Rao about what makes people give when confronted with Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells...
Leah Stern
December 19, 2011
Here in the US, the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an outpouring of generosity from Americans contributing to worthy causes. At IPA, we believe that it is critical that the more than $200 billion (pdf) donated by individuals each year...
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Jessica Creighton
Jessica Creighton
December 14, 2011
The drum beats in the distance grow louder and the warmth of the flames tickles my arms and face.  Dancers around me shimmy at a moderate speed to the rhythm of their own drums awaiting the arrival of the parade of participants from the nearby...
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Leah Stern
December 13, 2011
I’m a new staff member at IPA, and on Wednesday, November 30th, I had the privilege to attend the annual conference of IPA’s Small and Medium Enterprise Initiative (SME Initiative). A group of leading thinkers on small and medium enterprises (SMEs)...
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Sarah Custer
Sarah Custer
December 08, 2011
Sarah Custer, a Project Associate for the Saving for Change project in Mali, had the winning entry from the inaugural J-PAL/IPA Photo Contest. Her blog post provides context for the photograph: The Sahelian sun is uncharacteristically hot this...
Leah Stern
December 06, 2011
Depending on whom you ask, with almost 200 million borrowers around the world, microfinance might be the best thing ever to happen to international development or an overhyped and dangerous intervention. Microfinance, the largest trend in...
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Jurist Tan
Jurist Tan
November 29, 2011
Jurist Tan is the Project Manager for IPA-J-PAL's Effective Targeting of Anti-Poverty Programs project in Indonesia. “What does the primary breadwinner in your household do?” the interviewer asked the applicant. That day, most of the applicants I...
Alex Kobishyn
November 16, 2011
While the following story comes from a field of research other than economics, I found the human and epistemological drama completely engrossing and worth a listen.  I'll try not to be too much of a spoiler and just lay out the basics:  On this past...
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Hannah Trachtman
Hannah Trachtman
November 15, 2011
Hannah Trachtman is a project associate with the Group vs. Individual Liability Project in Peru. Normally a relatively small city, Puno in Southeastern Peru floods with visitors in late January and early February. They come to Puno for one of South...
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Amos Odero
Amos Odero
October 27, 2011
The second post in our series comes from Amos Odero, a Research Associate on the Urban Micro-Insurance Project in Nairobi, Kenya. “Jua Kali” means “under the hot sun” in Swahili. The term refers to the millions of Kenyans working in small businesses...
October 24, 2011
Pilot project will implement and evaluate two trust-building tools in trade credit for small shop-owners Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) announced that it will fund an IPA...
October 17, 2011
We first suggested “nudges for development” as a replacement for Malawi’s renowned, but costly, farm input subsidy program (FISP) back in December.  It looks like the idea could be even more relevant now that the program is shrinking. We look to...

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