Researchers Share Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in New York Times Op-Ed

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Oeindrila Dube and Katherine Baicker discuss how lessons from the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be applied in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss Dube's IPA study, coauthored with Darin Christensen, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, and Maarten Voors, which found that two social accountability interventions led more patients to report Ebola cases and resulted in lower mortality rates. 

IPA Research on Cash Benchmarking in Rwanda Featured in the New York Times

In the New York Times Fixes Column, Marc Gunther writes about an IPA study on cash benchmarking in Rwanda. The study compared how a standard WASH and nutrition program compares to just giving people cash, measuring impacts on indicators of poverty and malnutrition. While that column was released before the results were out, you can read Gunther’s reflections on the implications of the results on his blog, here.

IPA Research on Values Training Featured in the New York Times

In an op-ed in the New York Times, David Leonhardt discusses the findings of IPA's evaluation of a Christian business training program in the Philippines. Leonhardt explores the results' implications with project researcher and IPA founder Dean Karlan, who concludes that the "findings are 'cautiously positive' for the power of religion." 

The evaluation found that a program that combined health and livelihood training with sessions on religious values improved participants' incomes while a health and livelihood training alone did not. However, the religious program decreased participants' self-perception of their relative economic wellbeing. Read our full summary of the evaluation here. 


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