Annie Duflo
December 09, 2015
IPA is different from typical non-profits—our impact isn’t just in the people we serve, but how we change the field. Our vision is a world with more evidence and less poverty, and we have seen that rigorous evidence can have outsized impact, by...
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Jan Chipchase
Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani
December 08, 2015
Perhaps the most cited triumph of behavioral economics – that marriage of economics and psychology that has put terms such as “nudge” and “fast versus slow thinking” into the popular lexicon – is the automatic opt-in. For example, more people donate...
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Jeffrey Mosenkis
November 19, 2015
(updated 12/22/15) If you're going to be stuck traveling, you might as well get smarter, the IPA way. Here are some podcast episodes we in the family liked:    
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Bangladesh randomization lottery
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Ishita Ahmed
Mushfiq Mobarak
November 16, 2015
Bangladesh randomization lotteryCREDIT: Ishita Ahmed     Professor Angus Deaton deservedly won the Nobel Prize last month for his seminal work on micro-level data and measurement in economics. This has led to prominent news coverage of...
Nathan Barker
November 12, 2015
  The figure below comes from this paper, which attempts to replicate the finding that: 
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Sneha Stephen, Pooja Wagh
November 05, 2015
Digital technology is rapidly changing the way we design and offer financial products. Consumers who were unreachable by brick-and-mortar banks can now access formal financial services quickly and cheaply through their mobile phones or prepaid cards...
Jeffrey Mosenkis
October 13, 2015
   
September 21, 2015
By Colin Felsman IPA Colombia and J-PAL Latin America & Carribean, and Universidad de los Andes’ Center for the Study of Security and Drugs (CESED), recently convened policymakers, researchers, and civil society members to discuss proven...
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Deba Prasad Roy
September 02, 2015
By Jamie Zimmerman   Editor's note, this is a cross posting by CGAP, which originally appeared on their blog. IPA, CGAP and others will be partnering to address these issues in the upcoming Responsible Finance Forum.  
August 13, 2015
We had a blog post reflecting on the recent East Africa Evidence Summit and five ways to make evidence useful for policy makers.
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Esther Duflo, Dean Karlan
August 06, 2015
Transparent sharing of data and analyses is crucial to good science and informs sound policy. The two organizations that we helped found, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are committed to,...
Heidi McAnnally-Linz
July 15, 2015
In June, our Kenya team signed an MOU with the Kenyan government Vision 2030 program to collaborate on research outreach and public policy forums, particularly on themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The first such forum was last...
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Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig
July 10, 2015
Editors note: This is a cross-post with NextBillion.
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Stephanie Wykstra
April 15, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action was pleased to recently host a talk by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science (COS). COS aims to help researchers increase the transparency and reproducibility of their work.
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Ariela Alpert, Sarah Craig, Lucia Sanchez
April 07, 2015
Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year...
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March 23, 2015
Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the world’s unbanked poor was a pressing goal with perplexing obstacles. But in several countries across Asia, Africa and beyond, a possible solution is starting to emerge. Mobile payment systems...
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Nolwenn Gontard
March 19, 2015
In October 2014 IPA’s West Africa programs director woke up at 5AM to his cell phone ringing and a staffer reassuring him “the Parliament is on fire, but don’t worry, everybody’s fine, we’re going to work from home today.” In a blog post below,...
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March 08, 2015
Researchers, policymakers, investors and practitioners joined forces to move forward in the dialogue around microcredit’s impact on the lives of the poor. Many themes emerged from the day, but perhaps the most salient came from Dean Karlan, who...
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Gregory Dobbels
March 02, 2015
Until recently, the drive towards financial inclusion was commonly framed in terms of access. Yet as the explosion of digital financial services and simplified account opening procedures have begun to make financial services accessible to the poor,...

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