News and Announcements
- Oct 17/13 | From the newsroom |
Malawi’s The Nation newspaper discusses IPA’s expansion of a project showing that fingerprinting borrowers can reduce defaults on microloans significantly. Led by researchers Dean Yang, Jessica Goldberg, and Xavier Giné, the project is growing thanks to a grant form USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures. Read the full article here or see a PDF here.
- Oct 11/13 | From the newsroom |
In a column for the New York Times' Economic View section, Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler discusses various approaches to financial literacy. He talks about an IPA study in the Dominican Republic by Alejandro Drexler, Greg Fischer, and Antoinette Fischer, which found that teaching entrepreneurs simple rules of thumb was more effective at improving business outcomes and accounting practices than an accounting course was. Read the full article in the New York Times here.
- Oct 04/13 | From the newsroom |
This week’s issue of The Economist features research by IPA founder and President Dean Karlan on why poor people in India would own cows, which turn out to be so expensive to maintain that they lose money. The piece compares it to commitment savings, a strategy people can use to keep their money tied up and out of reach. Read the full article here.
Morten Seja writes about affiliate Antoinette Schoar’s recent talk at the World Bank, discussing the importance of differentiating subsistence from transformational entrepreneurs in thinking about about policy design for developing countries. Targeting the right kinds of policies to the right kind of entrepreneurs is a crucial topic for IPA’s Small and Medium Enterprise Initiative. You can read the full summary of the talk here.
- Sep 30/13 | From the newsroom |
IPA’s country director in Malawi, Thomas Chataghalala Munthali, had a full page interview in the Business Times . He discussed what we’ve learned from our work there, what IPA and J-PAL are doing to influence policy, and his vision for IPA’s future in the country. Read the full interview here (PDF format).
- Canada’s Regina Leader-Post has an article about songwriter & musician Josh Gonzales, who is dedicating all of the profits from downloads of his new song Young As I’ll Ever Be, to IPA’s school-based deworming efforts, which are now managed through Evidence Action. The article is here, the song, which he hopes will get 497,000 downloads by April 2014, is available for listening or download at project497.com.
- Sep 13/13 | From the newsroom |
Aishwarya Ratan, Director of IPA’s Global Financial Inclusion Initiative joined luminaries such as Bill Gates, Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor at Bank Negara Malaysia, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and others at the AFI Global Policy Forum 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. A video of her panel covering the impact of financial inclusion on poverty alleviation can be viewed below or here.
- Sep 12/13 | From the newsroom |
The science magazine Nautilus profiles IPA’s Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. Researchers there are trying to combat Western bias in the field of experimental and behavioral economics by including participants from the developing world. You can read the whole story, including one local participant’s strategy, here.
- Aug 29/13 | From the newsroom |
The New York Times Fixes column discusses cash transfer research, including quotes from IPA's Director of Research Methods and Training, Niall Keleher, and IPA affiliate Chris Blattman who discusses his work with IPA in Uganda (here and here). The article also discusses our evaluation of GiveDirectly, and our new results from Morocco. You can also find a blog post about recent cash transfer coverage here.
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