January 01, 2017
Media Coverage
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo and Senior Policy Communications Associate Jeff Mosenkis write about our work in The Washington Post. Arguing against prevailing views that the world is getting worse, they show that many measures of poverty have been improving, and cite four recent areas where we...
February 24, 2017
Media Coverage
This weekend's The New York Times Magazine on The Future of Work has a featured profile on GiveDirectly and the organization's quest to "show the world that a basic income is a cheap, scalable way to aid the poorest people on the planet." Read more about IPA's work with GiveDirectly and cash...
January 24, 2017
Media Coverage
Colombia’s largest newspaper, El Tiempo, reports on an IPA study in Bogotá. The study is the largest RCT of its kind, and shows that hotspot policing and municipal services can reduce crime. [In Spanish] El periódico más grande de Colombia, El Tiempo, informa sobre una evaluación de IPA en Bogotá....
January 24, 2017
Media Coverage
Hear researcher Santiago Tobón on Colombia’s Caracol Radio discussing new findings on crime reduction at the link below. [In Spanish]   Escucha al investigador Santiago Tobón en Caracol Radio de Colombia, discutiendo los resultados sobre reduccion de cimen en el enlace de abajo.
January 23, 2017
Media Coverage
Colombia’s Caracol Radio reports on the presentation of IPA’s new findings from Bogata, on reducing insecurity by 20% using hotspot policing and city services to clean up neighborhoods. [In Spanish] Radio Caracol en Colombia informa sobre la presentación de los resultados nuevos de IPA en Bogotá....
January 23, 2017
Media Coverage
RCN radio reports on our new results from Colombia on reductions in crime from hotspot policing and municipal services. [In Spanish] Radio RCN informa sobre nuestros resultados nuevos desde Colombia sobre reducciones en crimen debidas a intensificación en patrullaje policial y recolección de...
January 19, 2017
Media Coverage
Quartz includes IPA findings on Kenyans' proximity to the electric grid to explain Kenya's pace of electrification.
January 13, 2017
Media Coverage
The Wall Street Journal speaks with IPA affiliate and board member Taveneet Suri about her work with us studying the effects of M-PESA mobile money on Kenyan women's livelihoods.
January 09, 2017
Media Coverage
Dean Karlan has had his own share of failures, many of which he chronicles in his new book Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong. Listen to a podcast interview with Karlan about the book, published this fall by Princeton University Press. “When we are out there in...
January 03, 2017
Media Coverage
M-Pesa, the world’s largest mobile money network, could be the key to poverty eradication in the developing world based on its success in Kenya where almost 200,000 households headed by women are living above the poverty line as a result of the innovation. “What we saw over six years was impressive...
December 30, 2016
Media Coverage
Quartz discusses IPA's evaluation of a program in Uganda where women entrepreneurs bring healthcare to people's houses. The study found large reductions in child and infant mortality. You can read more from the link below.
December 22, 2016
Media Coverage
The Washington Post cites IPA's work in Kenya in a piece on how mobile money is reducing poverty, speaking to IPA board member Tavneet Suri.
December 13, 2016
Media Coverage
Demonetisation and the subsequent push for the cashless economy have triggered a debate that was long overdue in the country. Leaving aside the political colours of the arguments, even those by some renowned economists, what is heartening is the fact that India is debating the impact of...
December 10, 2016
Media Coverage
Drive a few miles from the centre of Accra, the capital of Ghana, into the neat rows of houses that surround it and the paved roads disappear almost as quickly as the phone lines. Yet this has not dented the ambitions of Kwami Williams, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)...
December 10, 2016
Media Coverage
In a study published Friday in the journal Science, economists at MIT and Georgetown have found that a service allowing users to send and receive money on their mobile phones has significantly reduced poverty in Kenya.
December 10, 2016
Media Coverage
Almost 200,000 Kenyan households, many headed by poor, rural women, have lifted themselves out of poverty using mobile money services, experts said on Thursday, calling for the technology to be introduced in other developing countries. The impact was most dramatic among single mothers who used M-...
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
National Public Radio's All Things Considered reports on the new study in Science on the effects of mobile money access for poor women in Kenya. Read or listen to the full story featuring IPA affiliates Tavneet Suri and Isaac Mbiti below.
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
There are many ways that gender inequality holds us back. But overall, the math is simple: Half the world’s population is financially stunted. As long as we keep suppressing the economic potential of women, we will never achieve the growth and prosperity we want.
December 09, 2016
Media Coverage
Mobile money, a service that allows monetary value to be stored on a mobile phone and sent to other users via text messages, has been adopted by the vast majority of Kenyan households. We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and...
December 08, 2016
Media Coverage
A new study today shows that the expansion of mobile money helped bring hundreds of thousands of Kenyans out poverty, especially those in female-headed households. The study, published in Science, examined how M-PESA, Kenya's text message-based payments system, spread across the country over six...

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