Chris Blattman and Stefan Dercon wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the unexpected results from a study we worked on with them in Ethiopia. Together, we tested the conventional wisdom about how factory jobs help bring workers out of poverty, but as they explain: “Little did we anticipate that everything we believed would turn out to be wrong.”
The U.S. News & World Report discusses IPA's behavioral science research and RCT studies that are being conducted throughout Kenya. From the article:
Thanks to IPA and outfits like it, the next frontier for nudge theory is being developed in the developing world itself. The epicenter is Kenya – a country with relatively robust infrastructure that serves as a regional hub for international agencies and technology start-ups.
IPA Founder and President Dean Karlan headlined the cover of the Seychelle's Nation Newspaper, speaking at a conference about SME's role in development.
They don’t call economics the dismal science for nothing. A study of Ethiopian workers released last week by the US National Bureau of Economics Research found low-wage factories—often known as sweatshops— were dangerous, undesirable and paid even less than self-employment in the informal sector. But, the researchers concluded, countries were still better off than not having those jobs at all.
In the past several decades, manufacturing jobs have fled the developed world for the developing world. Obviously, that’s profoundly reshaped the economies of developing countries like China and Bangladesh. But what does that mean for the ordinary people who are doing the work — often for incredibly low wages?
New Haven, September 26, 2016 - A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research today looked at the impacts of taking a factory or industrial farm job on young workers in Ethiopia, and found that these industrial jobs gave unemployed people a steady income, but this came with substantial risks to their health.
Comparing job applicants who did and did not receive the job, researchers found that those offered industrial jobs did no better economically, and the industrial work came with longer hours, lower wages, and a doubling of serious health...
SME Program Director, Lucia Sanchez, is interviewed by Argentina's Infotechnology, where she discusses the use of Randomized Controlled Trials for the design of effective social programs.
IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo was interviewed by Colombia's business and economics daily Portafolio, where she discussed IPA's work on microcredit, unconditional cash transfers, and small and medium enterprises there.
NPR's Planet Money podcast featured a full episode on an IPA's study which randomized a national competition in Nigeria giving away $58 million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs. They speak with study author David McKenzie of the World Bank, IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University, and the former Finance Minister of Nigeria about the unexpected success of the program, and what was learned for bolstering economic growth and hiring. An article accompanying the story appeared on NPR's international health development blog here.
National Public Radio's flagship news program All Things Considered featured a story on IPA's study in Nigeria on spurring economic growth.
Researcher Rodgers Naijuka of Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, discusses programs to help women entrepreneurs in that country, and IPA's findings on women-owned businesses.
The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA is pleased to announce the 10th round of applications to its Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth. The goal of this fund is to support innovative research that is in line with the Program’s objective to build a body of evidence on the effectiveness of programs and policies that promote SME growth. Funding will be allocated competitively to projects that address innovative research questions, use rigorous methods, and have the utmost policy relevance in the areas outlined below.
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Peru’s Mundo MyPE, a journal aimed at Peru’s small business sector, interviewed Oriana Ponta, Program Manager of IPA’s Small & Medium Enterprises Program. Oriana discussed IPA and J-PAL’s efforts to share evidence about programs that help small businesses grow, as well as partnerships with Peruvian government agencies to evaluate their small business programs and policies.
Mundo MyPe, un periódico peruano para los empresarios de la micro y pequeña empresa peruana, entrevisó a Oriana Ponta, Gerente de Programa de Pequeña y Mediana Empresa de Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)....
Cobertura de la Conferencia- Taller Internacional: “Evidencia para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa”
The New York times cites IPA's study in Nigeria on supurring business growth through competitions in connection with a program experimenting with a similar approach in Buffalo, New York.