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Being Smarter About Safe Water

Mar 22/12 | From the blog
by Jeremy Hand

This blog was originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for World Water Day.

Crowding out Informal Savings and Borrowing

Mar 20/12 | From the blog
by Dean Karlan

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 between use of Compartamos (Crédito Mujer) and informal lending/savings mechanisms?

Grantee Spotlight: Freedom First Credit Union

Mar 16/12 | From the blog
by Brooke Berman

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 assets and achieve financial resiliency. 

Posting Hypotheses for an Impact Study of Compartamos

Mar 13/12 | From the blog
by Dean Karlan

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 same, for three reasons:

IPA/CEGA Education Event: Does More Education Empower Women?

Mar 09/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

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 any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

Read about the other presentations from this conference in Part One and Part Two.

IPA/CEGA Education Event: Findings on Computer-Aided Instruction

Mar 06/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

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 (CEGA). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

IPA/CEGA Education Event: Affecting Student Learning

Mar 05/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

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). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

Do you know better than the experts?

Feb 28/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

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.

Paying Taxes in the UK: Nudges and Operations Research

Feb 23/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

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 described by Tim Harford in a recent blog post.

IPA On List of 100 Best NGOs

Jan 27/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

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 excited to say that IPA is #87 on the list.

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