News and Announcements
- Aug 26/14 | 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 18/14 | 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 05/14 | 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 03/14 | 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 17/14 | 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 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.
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