Announcement
August 15, 2017
The Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is launching its first request for proposals, through an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form available now. Expressions of Interest are due on September 15, 2017. The P&R Program is designed to support field experiments and related research in several broad areas:
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Nava Ashraf, Lori Beaman, Ariel BenYishay, Pascaline Dupas, Paul Fatch, Xavier Giné, Alaka Holla, Dean Karlan, Jeanne Lafortune, Jeremy Magruder, Margaret McConnell, Mushfiq Mobarak, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Robinson, Renos Vakis, Wesley Yin, Jonathan Zinman
December 10, 2014
 
Development policy should be redesigned to reflect new insights about human behavior, according to a new World Bank report. The report calls on the development community to shift its agenda based on new insights in behavioral economics, and supports this proposal with findings from numerous IPA evaluations, including our work on commitment devices, reminders, and peer networks.
 
Media Coverage
May 16, 2011
Politicians are ignorant about trials, and they're weird about evidence. It doesn't need to be this way. In international development work, resources are tight and people know that good intentions aren't enough: in fact, good intentions can sometimes do harm. We need to know what works.
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CREDIT: 
Mike Goodwin
Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Zinman
September 10, 2010
Media Coverage
November 10, 2009
A recent Slate article picks up where the WSJ left off in describing IPA's research in the Philippines, Bolivia, and Peru that explores how text message "reminders" can help people overcome barriers to saving.
Media Coverage
November 04, 2009
A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses research in the Philippines, Bolivia, and Peru by IPA President Dean Karlan and IPA Research Affiliate Jonathan Zinman that explores how text message "reminders" can help people overcome barriers to saving.
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CREDIT: 
Andreas Tiemann
Dean Karlan
September 09, 2009

What's the cost of a fair price?

IPA's President, Dean Karlan, recently came to La Paz for a jam-packed day of meeting with all of our partners. Of course, at above 12,000 feet, La Paz isn't a good place to arrive just in time for an exhausting day with no lunch. Unsurprisingly, by 7pm we were suffering, so we struck out for the country director's house down in the suburbs, where there's more air.

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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 freefall to a rocky riverbed below.

 

David McKenzie
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?"

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CREDIT: 
Tanaya Devi
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 that academic research should produce new theory and/or create major policy recommendations.

Media Coverage
August 02, 2006
The group lending model of microfinance in India can do with less stringency, according to Dean Karlan. Flexibility towards individual lending should be explored.