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April 17, 2018
By Alejandra Martinez and Danielle Moore Reducing transaction fees and increasing proximity to bank branches seems like a no-brainer for increasing account usage. And predictably enough, a body of research points to transaction costs broadly defined...
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April 04, 2018
Por Gabriella Wong & Hugo Salas ¿Pueden los mensajes de texto influir en el comportamiento financiero? IPA está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con SBS para descubrir cómo mejorar los puntajes crediticios en Perú. Según statisticbrain.com,...
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Matthew Jukes
April 03, 2018
Editor's note: this is a cross-posting with the RTI blog.   Context, mechanisms, and outcomes of the HALI literacy intervention   If the word “science” in the term “social science” means what I think it means, we social scientists should be in...
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Dario Rodriguez
March 21, 2018
By: Gabriella Wong & Hugo Salas CREDIT: Dario Rodriguez According to statisticbrain.com, one of the most popular new year’s resolution for 2017 was to make better financial decisions. However, in Peru, nearly 1.2 million (16 percent of...
March 12, 2018
Editor's note: This is a cross-posting which appeared originally on the World Bank Development Impact Blog. By  Andy Foster, Dean Karlan, and Ted Miguel. The world is a messy place. What happens when the results of an empirical study are mushy or...
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Michael Rosenbaum
March 05, 2018
A USDA SNAP card being used at a farmer's marketCREDIT: U.S. Department of Agriculture In her 2017 Ely lecture, Esther Duflo adroitly noted that the model economist must be willing to be an “economist-plumber…in the pursuit of good...
January 31, 2018
by Daniel Hurtado   Gender-based violence (GBV) against women poses a significant challenge for policy makers and researchers. Despite the fact that one in three women are affected by GBV globally, there has been little rigorous research on the...
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December 05, 2017
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts summarizing the discussions from a May 2017 researcher gathering on measuring women’s empowerment in impact evaluations. Read the previous posts on household decision-making power, encouraging mixed...
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Michael Rosenbaum
November 30, 2017
If buying a $20 subway fare card with a debit card can result in ten unexpected overdraft fees for $358, why would you choose using a checking account at all? For many consumers, there are important benefits and a perfectly rational logic to not...
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November 29, 2017
Independent charity evaluator GiveWell bases their recommendations for effective charities on evidence and takes a deep dive into the weeds before making their annual recommendations. We also believe rigorous evidence is critical to good charity...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 20, 2017
  Here are some of our favorite recent podcasts to make your holiday travels a little easier - enjoy!   General Podcasts You Can Count On: Rough Translation - From NPR's long time East Africa correspondent, it takes a question we're grappling...
Danielle Moore
October 05, 2017
Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the African Microfinance Week site. The mobile money revolution offers microfinance institutions and banks an opportunity to better serve their clients and reach new customer segments, especially...
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October 03, 2017
by Nicola Jones and Danielle Moore This is the third in a series of blog posts summarizing the discussions from a May 2017 researcher gathering on measuring women’s empowerment in impact evaluations. Read the first post on household decision-making...
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Joseph Kamara, Ellen Bates-Jefferys
September 27, 2017
Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Medium. Over the last several months, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the IRC’s Airbel Center have been searching for innovative methods and new engagement tools to prevent intimate partner...
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Sarah Baird, Danielle Moore
September 25, 2017
This is the second in a series of blog posts summarizing the discussions from a May 2017 researcher gathering on measuring women’s empowerment in impact evaluations. Read the first post on household decision-making power here. Painting a full...
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Kyle Holloway, Danielle Moore
September 18, 2017
Editor's note: This post appeared originally on www.inclusivebusinesshub.org CREDIT: Dario Rodriguez The private sector, as employers, has a major role to play in women’s economic empowerment. But not necessarily one born of social...
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September 12, 2017
Editor's note: This is a cross-posting with ideas42, IPA's partner in the Behavioral Evidence Hub project. By Liana Johnson of ideas42     It’s been more than three months since the launch of the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a community-driven...
September 07, 2017
By Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz Last summer, the Liberian government delegated management of 93 public elementary schools to eight different private contractors. Given the intense controversy around the program, the...
September 06, 2017
This is the first in a series of blog posts summarizing the discussions from a researcher gathering on measuring women’s empowerment in impact evaluations co-hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the AbdulLatif Jameel Poverty Action Lab...
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Kyle Holloway
June 22, 2017
Editor's note: This blog is a cross-post from the NextBillion blog.   Imagine you had to attend a weekly meeting to make your credit card payments. In today’s fast-moving world where we expect instant gratification and convenience at all costs...

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