July 14, 2011
Chris Blattman considers some of the pros and cons of being a field research assistant for an RCT:  Cons It’s getting harder to distinguish yourself from the herd. JPAL and IPA and other field experiment outfits have exploded in size. Whereas maybe...
Rebecca Rouse
July 08, 2011
On June 24, 2011, IPA’s US Household Finance Initiative convened its inaugural working group meeting in New York City.  This meeting brought together academics, financial institutions, nonprofits, policymakers and members of the private sector to...
July 03, 2011
In a recent lecture at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Esther Duflo makes the point that aid is a relatively small proportion of all the money being spent on the poor in the world. She makes the case for thinking of spending by private donors...
June 27, 2011
Surprising Results of Microfinance In a recent article in Science, Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman find that small loans in the Philippines helped households manage risk, but did nothing for business growth, and actually seemed to reduce subjective...
June 23, 2011
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation recently secured funding for the next four years, enough to immunise more than a quarter of a billion children in developing countries. This is estimated to save more than 4 million lives by 2015,...
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Rohit Naimpally
June 16, 2011
David McKenzie presents the results from a poll amongst young development economists, who were asked about what they view as the most under-researched area in development: IPA actually has a research initiative devoted to the issue that ranks...
Brian Swartz
May 31, 2011
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind.  I recently applied to transition from my current position on the Rainwater Storage Device evaluation in Kamwenge to a new IPA project in Kampala.  The project is a little different than the traditional line...
Lee Crawfurd
May 31, 2011
The media attention surrounding the release of More Than Good Intentions and Poor Economics has led to a few criticisms of RCTs cropping up around the interwebs: Arvind Subramanian worries about the macroeconomic effects of aid, something not...
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Sarah Kabay
May 13, 2011
The Boston Review recently hosted a forum beginning with the article “Small Changes, Big Results” by Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer.  The forum featured seven responses, each focusing on a different concern, though as Glennerster and Kremer...
Nathanael Goldberg
May 04, 2011
More good stuff from the World Bank's Development Impact blog: David McKenzie has a brilliant 'rant' on the external validity double standard, where people are more likely to fault randomized trials for illuminating only a particular context. Is it...
April 20, 2011
Poor Economics is reviewed by the Economist. "Mr Banerjee and Ms Duflo advocate what they call a “quiet revolution”. They insist that things can be improved “at the margin”, which is an economist’s way of saying that things can get better, even if...
April 15, 2011
Over at the World Bank Development Impact blog, David McKenzie posts a question from a reader and some advice from Dean Karlan and Dean Yang.  As a young (I'd like to think creative) researcher, I would like to work with development NGOs, but I do...
April 14, 2011
More Than Good Intentions (MTGI), the new book by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel was released today. Order your copy here.  There are also a few new reviews up, by Joel Koczwarski, Debbie, and Tom Murphy. Tom is giving away his annotated copy in a...
April 13, 2011
"The World Development Report has now been released, and its focus is very much in line with the current of development thought right now: fragile states. It could only have been more de rigueur if it had been all about randomised evaluations."...
April 11, 2011
In celebration of the release of their book this Thursday April 14th, authors Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel will be giving away 1 pill for deworming children for each mention of #morethangoodintentions on Twitter (up to 10,000 pills). School-based...
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Lee Crawfurd
April 08, 2011
  The latest episode of Freakonomics radio discusses a fascinating RCT conducted in China by Paul Glewwe and Albert Park, offering free eyeglasses to children who need them (and of course not to the children who need them in the control group, at...
April 05, 2011
.... and win a copy of More Than Good Intentions. For more see Dean Karlan at Freakonomics.
April 04, 2011
David McKenzie (an IPA affiliate) launched a new blog at the World Bank; "Development Impact" last friday. No doubt essential reading for global development wonks.  Our goal is to cover a broad range of issues relating to impact evaluations,...
Nathanael Goldberg
March 28, 2011
I just received a heads up from Mark Pitt that he has released a response to Morduch and Roodman's latest critique in the Morduch vs. Pitt & Khandker debate dating back to 1998, on the impact of microfinance in Bangladesh. Before the randomized...
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Chelsea DuBois
March 22, 2011
The other day I was talking to Alex Nisichenko, a project associate for IPA who worked on the "Household Clean Water Technology: Valuation, Use & Impact" project in Northern Ghana. He also happens to be the one who took and told me the story...

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