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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 13, 2011
Borrowing from seismology, researchers are using models of aftershocks to predict future crimes based on the time and location of recent crimes. From New Scientist: On average the program predicted the location and time of 25 per cent of actual...
October 06, 2011
IPA’s Deworm the World (DtW) initiative, a collaboration with Partnership for Child Development, has exciting news to share. DtW released a statement reporting that its support operation in the Indian state of Bihar has treated over 17 million...
October 04, 2011
The first post in our series comes from Michael Goodwin, Project Coordinator for the Culture & Incentives Project, which, distinctively, spans several countries (Ghana, India, Philippines, Peru). Read on: In 1519, a gust of wind bore Magellan...
US Household Finance Initiative Announces Webinar for Prospective Applicants to the Financial Products Innovation Fund
September 23, 2011
The US Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) is conducting a webinar to help potential applicants respond to its Request for Proposals for the Financial Products Innovation Fund. Funding is available under this solicitation for alpha- and beta-...
August 24, 2011
This summer IPA held two events at Kenyan Universities as part of our goal to get research into the hands of people who can use it. Maseno University and Swarthmore University kindly hosted, giving our staff and research affiliates the opportunity...
August 24, 2011
The CGAP blog has a couple of updates from our staff managing evaluations of the UltraPoor Graduation Program, Sana Khan in Ethiopia and Beth Rosen in Ghana. Sana (pictured) has just finished analysing the baseline survey data in Ethiopia which...
July 20, 2011
Just a bottle filled with water (and a bit of bleach): it's amazing how much light it appears to give off. Obviously only works during the day but for homes without electricity it can be surprisingly dark inside even in the middle of the day. I...
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...