Doug Parkerson
August 19, 2009
The bus ride down from La Paz to the Beni in Bolivia is breathtaking, sometimes because the scenery catches you off guard when you round a bend and sometimes because you too vividly imagine the next few seconds of your life as a thousand foot...
August 17, 2009
The World Bank's Private Sector Development blog discusses the findings of a new study on the informal sector in Bolivia by IPA Research Affiliate David McKenzie: "Do Marginal Firms in Bolivia Benefit from Formalizing?"
Sukhmani Sethi
Tania Alfonso
August 11, 2009
I need to give props to the Kiva Fellows, who work with many of the same microfinance institutions that partner with IPA in the field.
Daniel Rubenson
Kerry Brennan
August 11, 2009
IPA field staff are used to using lotteries to determine treatment and control groups for randomized control trials.  Some of our Research Affiliates have also used existing government lotteries (visas for migration to New Zealand and school...
August 05, 2009
Check out this post in the New York Times' Freakonomics Blog Dwyer Gunn's time tagging along with the research team for the WINGS project in Uganda.
Tanaya Devi
Martin Rotemberg
July 24, 2009
There’s been more activity on the question of the importance of RCTs.  Last week, Bill Easterly wrote his thoughts about randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on his blog, and Chris Blattman posted a response. Both of them seem to take the perspective...
Camille Boudot & Andre Butler
Ryan Knight
July 24, 2009
I just finished piloting a survey for the Returns to Business Management Consulting project, and was often in awe of their abilities.  A good surveyor can say nice to meet you, shake your hand, and five minutes later have you saying things you ...
July 21, 2009
  FAI invites you to two upcoming events: ACCION USA Microfinance Council: Domestic Microfinance Panel Discussion Location: The New School, 66 West 12th St., 5th Floor, Wollman Hall, NY, NY
Aparna Dalal
July 16, 2009
In early June, I joined several hundred researchers at the First European Research Conference on Microfinance hosted by CERMi.  The three-day conference included presentations on a wide array of subjects including social responsibility,...
Tania Alfonso
July 07, 2009
How has Michael Jackson's death helped advance the cause of IPA? I've just come back from rural Cusco, Perú, where we were training credit officers for our newest project, where we use video and radio to help teach village bank clients concepts...
Kartik Akileswaran
July 05, 2009
Courtesy of the Wronging Rights blog (http://wrongingrights.blogspot.com/2009/07/using-metaphors-to-solve-worlds.html), here (http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/07/01/new_anticorruption_device_pocketless_pants) is one of the more peculiar...
Majlinda Joxhe
Tania Alfonso
June 30, 2009
When we return to the US after months or years of working in the field, we often experience "reverse culture shock" - aspects of US culture seem surprising and unusual to us.  I felt this when explaining "What is IPA?" to family members and friends...
Amos Odero
Kerry Brennan
June 30, 2009
Fieldwork is not all fun and games, but that seems to be the recent experience for IPA Research Affiliate Chris Blattman's project evaluation, "Women's Income Generating Support (WINGS) Program" 
Ishita Ahmed
Alex Bartik
June 19, 2009
We just completed the baseline survey for one of the projects I’m working on in Cagayan de Oro, the Philippines.  Consequently, I’ve been spending most of my time the last few weeks thinking about how to get good data.  Getting the right information...
Thomas Chupein
Meredith Startz
June 08, 2009
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof offers an online degree in evading bandits for Americans abroad. Although I suspect that most IPAers would agree with the spirit of Kristof's recommendation - that young people should spend time abroad - I...
Meredith Startz
May 27, 2009
IPA research affiliate Chris Blattman occasionally takes a break from his rigorous impact evaluations of clowns to send a great idea out into the blogosphere. A couple of weeks ago, he suggested that what development organizations really need to...
Sarah Kabay
May 20, 2009
Once, expressing concern over some logistical difficulty, I was reassured by a headmaster, “Do not worry Sarah, we shall succeed.”  Such conversations tend to surprise me, as we’re introducing a savings scheme to an area defined by general distrust...
Courtney Robinson
Elana Safran
May 20, 2009
A funny thing is happening these days in Northern Ghana. After months and months of planning, we are almost at the point where we give 200 farmers actual cash to use on their maize farms. As with many of IPA’s research projects, the participants are...
Sanam Ispahani
Caitlin Weaver
May 20, 2009
Last week the New York Times reported on the demolition of the home of one the child stars from Slumdog Millionaire: “In a scene reminiscent of the gritty landscape from the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” municipal workers on Thursday demolished...
Jonathan Bauchet
May 14, 2009
So far, 2009 has been a fertile time for methodological debates in econometrics. One hot debate touches directly on randomized control trials (RCTs), a methodology often used in impact evaluations of development interventions.