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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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June 06, 2017
By Kyle Holloway, Rebecca Rouse, and William Cook Editors note: This blog is a cross-post from the CGAP blog As mobile money products continue to expand within emerging markets, effective, pro-poor pricing for transferring small amounts of money...
Rebecca Rouse
May 26, 2017
Editors note: This blog is a cross-post from the SEEP blog In 2006, the Nobel Prize Committee awarded a Nobel Peace Prize to one of the original architects of modern-day microfinance, Professor Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus’s microfinance model,...
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Dean Karlan and Chris Udry speak with farmers in Ghana
May 01, 2017
Dean Karlan and Chris Udry speak with farmers in Ghana IPA congratulates our founder, Dean Karlan, on his upcoming move to Northwestern University. Dean will join his frequent collaborator and fellow IPA-affiliated researcher Chris Udry, who will...
Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Bridget Konadu Gyamfi
April 25, 2017
Editor's note: This cross-posting first appeared on NextBillion Evidence-based policymaking. Those in the academic and think tank worlds all say they want to do it, but aren’t quite sure how. We can all agree that for evidence-based policymaking you...
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Zahra Niazi
April 13, 2017
There has been a recent trend of employers, financial service providers, and governments to move towards digital payments; after all, evidence suggests that digital payments are efficient, cheaper, and reduce corruption in the system. This...
February 16, 2017
By Anne Karing and Arthur Baker Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) blog Together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and CEGA’s Behavioral...
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Kyle Holloway
January 31, 2017
Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the CGAP blog Imagine a young married woman living in a small village in rural India. If the opportunities to work in the village are limited, she may choose to supplement her household’s income...
January 25, 2017
By Mauricio Romero, Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Center for Global Development blog We respond to critics of our evaluation of Liberia’s “partnership” school program,...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
December 27, 2016
  IPA's blog covers an interesting range of topics, and we're often surprised at which ones catch on with readers. Here are our 10 most popular of the year. 10: Could You Manage Your Finances Without a Bank Account? One of this year's most...
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Jessica Mahoney
December 20, 2016
Twaweza’s per-student grant direct disbursements and advocacy contributed to Tanzanian government’s decision to send education funds directly to schools.     Educational outcomes remain poor in East Africa despite a decade of reforms and new...
Dean Karlan, Annie Duflo
December 08, 2016
We are pleased to announce that last week IPA's board voted to elect a new chair, Trey Beck, who joined our board earlier this year after having supported IPA for several years. Trey has almost a decade of experience on non-profit boards, including...
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Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Andrea Guariso, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott
November 29, 2016
One of the biggest frustrations of anybody who works in development is how many people die from diseases which are cheap and easy to prevent, and routinely are in many parts of the world. The medical know how to defeat malaria, diarrhea and...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 22, 2016
  We know holiday travel isn't always the most fun, so here are some podcast episodes to help you get smarter while you're on the road. We've grouped them by the podcast they come from with the subscription link at the top (you may have to...
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November 14, 2016
by Jennifer Sturdy and Stephanie Wykstra Editor's note: This appeared originally in the American Psychological Society's magazine APS Observer. The benefits of transparency in scientific research – such as study pre-registration, development of pre-...
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Matthew Jukes
October 27, 2016
The Health and Literacy Intervention (HALI) project replaced expensive in-person coaching with text messages and found that they effectively supported teachers in improving their pedagogy, helped children learn to read, and reduced dropout by 50...
Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong
Dean Karlan
October 03, 2016
I have to say, it’s been amazing to watch all the success stories in recent years of rigorous evidence being used to fight poverty, and to see IPA featured in scores of major news outlets, from NPR, to The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal...

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