May 18, 2011
Media Coverage
A new book explodes the myth that the poor can't be trusted with direct cash transfers because they make 'bad' life decisions.
May 18, 2011
Media Coverage
Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times: "Now we reach a central question for our age: How can we most effectively break cycles of poverty? For decades, we had answers that were mostly anecdotal or hot air. But, increasingly, we are now seeing economists provide answers that are rigorously...
May 16, 2011
Media Coverage
Politicians are ignorant about trials, and they're weird about evidence. It doesn't need to be this way. In international development work, resources are tight and people know that good intentions aren't enough: in fact, good intentions can sometimes do harm. We need to know what works.
May 15, 2011
External Coverage
On 16 May 2011, Prof. Michael Kremer (Harvard University) and Sarah Baird (George Washington University) will be holding a seminar on the long-term, follow-up results of Prof. Kremer's research on the impact of school-based deworming in Kenya....
May 13, 2011
External Coverage
Thoughts on the book from Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB.
May 11, 2011
Media Coverage
Profs. Banerjee and Duflo appear on NPRs 'The Takeaway.' Listen to the interview here.
May 02, 2011
Media Coverage
William Easterly reviews "More Than Good Intentions" and "Poor Economics".
April 23, 2011
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April 23, 2011
Media Coverage
An experiment they ran in Tangiers showed that households were willing to pay a substantial amount of money to have a private tap in their home. Once they had a tap, there was no reduction in water borne illness. But there was a substantial increase in self-reported well-being as families had more...
April 20, 2011
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DtW board member, Esther Duflo, has been named as one of the most influential people in the world in 2011's prestigious TIME 100 list of global leaders. Joining her on the list include such luminaries as Prince William, Barrack Obama and Justin...
April 06, 2011
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French economist Esther Duflo thinks poverty can be alleviated or even eradicated with the right policies. All it takes is for politicians to "translate research into action", implementing programmes that have been shown to work.
April 04, 2011
Media Coverage
There has been a spate of very good books about economic development recently, and here is another. It's a sign of the subject's increasing maturity, founded on better data, experimental methods, and also the intellectual space for debate created by the end of the Cold War
March 31, 2011
Media Coverage
In April, Duflo's new book, 'Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty', will once more turn the spotlight on actions to tackle poverty. Co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, the book aims to make 2011 the year that the "economics of poverty" become a key part of...
March 30, 2011
Media Coverage
DtW board member, Esther Duflo talks about combating global poverty by translating research into action in this IPS News interview. Esther Duflo uses research to show which programmes are the most effective in combating poverty. Her work...
March 23, 2011
Announcement
Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, will be presented with the Thomas C. Schelling Award, bestowed annually to an individual whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy. Past recipients...
March 21, 2011
External Coverage
March 08, 2011
Announcement
Our partner the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley has been awarded a grant from the Center for Financial Services Innovation to test whether social commitments and text alerts can help consumers reduce debt. The program, Borrow Less Tomorrow, was designed jointly with IPA and...
March 07, 2011
Media Coverage
"Microcredit is a good thing but has been oversold," said Yale professor Dean Karlan, who authored one such study. "It will not raise people out of poverty, certainly not single-handedly. But there are benefits that are important."

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