News and Announcements
- Jul 17/14 | 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.
- Jul 15/14 | From the newsroom |
Making Ghanaian Girls Great, a distance learning program that IPA is evaluating, officially launches this month. The Guardian and BBC News each have articles highlighting the launch. For much more local media coverage, click on the logos above, and see our summary of the evaluation here.
- Jul 06/14 | From the newsroom |
In an op-ed for the New York Times, IPA researcher Chris Blattman raises the idea of cash transfers to the homeless in the United States. Among other cash transfer evidence in developing countries, he cites his work with IPA studying cash transfers to urban youths in Liberia. He also discusses a pair of studies in Uganda: an evaluation of WINGS, a cash transfer program for women, and a study of YOP, a similar program for rural youths.
Blattman posted some further thoughts on his blog. You can also read his article on cash transfers in developing countries in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, co-written with IPA researcher Paul Neihaus, and listen to his interview on NPR's Planet Money about the Liberia study.
In the Upshot section of the New York Times, IPA founder and president Dean Karlan applies IPA's utilitarian methodology to choosing a World Cup team. With data crunched by IPA's Nate Barker, Karlan ranks each team according to the impact on world happiness its victory would have:Ultimately, life is full of choices. Just as we can’t have more than one winner of the World Cup, we also cannot send the same dollar to two different organizations. We must choose. So let’s choose the ones that will have the biggest impact.
In a second post, Karlan and Barker updated the rankings to take a country's past performance in the World Cup into account.
The data and methodology for both the original and updated posts is available in Excel format here.
- Jun 16/14 | From the newsroom |
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes about GiveDirectly for Four Seasons Magazine. In the article, Hughes praises the role of evidence for giving, specifically citing GiveDirectly's and IPA's evaluation of it. More coverage of IPA's evaluation of GiveDirectly is here.
Support IPA in finding
solutions that work
to help the world's poor