News and Announcements
The development community website DevEx has two articles related to IPA, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and a recent survey of development executives. An article here lays out awareness and attitudes towards RCTs, including a concise summary of advantages and limitations of the method, and how they have been used in deworming policy and implementation. This article discusses attitudes among executives towards practicing development at the local versus institutional levels, with IPA's Philippines office director Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri discussing how the two perspectives are complimentary in IPA's work.
- The Economist reviews a number of IPA projects on savings products for the poor, particularly commitment savings, which allow users to put away money where they can't access it until a predetermined time or goal is achieved. The article mentions a number of variations IPA has evaluated, from the Philippines, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Rome. The full article is here (may be gated) and an overview of how commitment savings works and IPA's plans for scaling it up are here.
- Should people in difficult financial circumstances still pay for health care? Reporter Shelly DuBois discusses how healthcare providers handle patients who can't pay, drawing on IPA findings from our research in Kenya and elsewhere. The story is here, and for more, a review of the evidence by IPA researcher Pascaline Dupas of Stanford University is in Science.
- Aug 27/14 | From the newsroom |
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced an ambitious plan to expand financial inclusion by making bank accounts available to every Indian family. In the popular Indian business newspaper Mint, Ruchira Bhattamishra makes the case for creating financial products that are informed by research in behavioral economics, such as commitment savings products. She cites IPA research on commitment savings products in the Philippines, savings for health care in Kenya, and a range of savings studies in Malawi.
The op-ed was also featured on the Financial Access Initiative's blog.
- Aug 19/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo recently published an article on Skoll World Forum's website. She discusses the unique benefits of randomized evaluations, particularly when it comes to reconciling the demands of scaling up with complexities of local environments. You can read the full article here.
You can also see her speak on a recent panel at Skoll World Forum below:
- Aug 06/14 | From the newsroom |
Researcher Johannes Haushofer has an article in the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs about the latest research on the psychology of poverty. More information about the GiveDirectly study mentioned in the article can be found here.
An ungated reprint of the article is available on the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's website.
- Aug 04/14 | From the newsroom |
Meanwhile, Thomas Munthali, director of IPA Malawi, talks to the Nyasa Times about an upcoming research symposium that will be co-organized by IPA.
- Jul 18/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA President and Founder Dean Karlan's two articles in the New York Times's Upshot (here and here) applying IPA's utilitarian principles to World Cup rooting have garnered media coverage from outlets across the world. Explore the articles by clicking on the logos above.
IPA's Nate Barker also appeared on two radio programs to discuss the rankings: WNYM 970 AM's The Morano Show, which can be heard here, and Radio Cooperativa, Chilean National Radio, available here (in Spanish). You can also see the original data and methodology for the project here.
- Jul 18/14 | From the newsroom |
IPA researcher Chris Blattman's New York Times op-ed "Let Them Eat Cash" has sparked more discussion about the prospect of cash transfers in the United States. At Vox, Dylan Matthews analyzes Blattman's argument in light of other research. Meanwhile, The National Review's Reihan Salam has two blog posts here and here with his thoughts. The Washington Post's Wonkblog also linked to Blattman's op-ed and Salam's response.
You can find some more background about Blattman's research on cash transfers here.
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