Jonathan Robinson, Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, Frank Schilbach
August 29, 2012
On a recent sunny Friday in Lilongwe, IPA Malawi hosted its first Research Discussion. These events provide policy-makers and practitioners with a forum to discuss IPA research projects, research findings, and other poverty research-related issues in Malawi. IPA affiliate Jon Robinson has been working in Western Kenya for over ten years, studying how to increase farm productivity through encouraging use of fertilizer and other agricultural inputs.
Abhijit Banerjee, Shawn Cole, Esther Duflo, Leigh Linden, Rema Hanna, Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel
May 29, 2012

What does the evidence show about improving school participation and performance in Sub-Saharan Africa? This question was the focus of the first morning of the two-day evidenced-based education conference held in Accra, Ghana last week. Although there have been large investments in promoting primary and secondary school enrollment in the last 30 years, many enrolled children still do not attend school regularly, and learn little when they do attend classes.

Johannes Haushofer
May 18, 2012

Randomized evaluations simultaneously emphasize that context matters and that human preferences are often shockingly similar across cultures and contexts.  For example, as humans, we tend to be present-biased, leading us to procrastinate, over-spend and under-save – as a three-country IPA study on reminders to save highlights.

Lori Beaman, Jeremy Magruder, Jonathan Robinson
April 25, 2012

Today's NYTimes draws attention to how Zimbabweans are spending so much time waiting around for change -- not change of the political nature this time, the NYTimes notes, but change--small money--for any simple purchase.

A group of people hold a chlorine dispenser
March 22, 2012

This blog was originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for World Water Day.

Michael Kremer, Rebecca Thornton, Edward Miguel
March 09, 2012

This post summarizes findings from a study in education presented on March 2, 2012 at a half-day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

Read about the other presentations from this conference in Part One and Part Two.

Media Coverage
March 01, 2012
Amos Odero
Johannes Haushofer, Joost de Laat, Matthieu Chemin
October 27, 2011

The second post in our series comes from Amos Odero, a Research Associate on the Urban Micro-Insurance Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jua Kali” means “under the hot sun” in Swahili. The term refers to the millions of Kenyans working in small businesses as artisans, mechanics, and vendors under trying conditions, even without shelter from the elements. The Jua Kali sector encompasses small-scale entrepreneurs and workers who lack access to credit, property rights, training, and good working conditions.

Christopher Woodruff, William Jack, Tavneet Suri
October 24, 2011

Pilot project will implement and evaluate two trust-building tools in trade credit for small shop-owners

Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, Jonathan Robinson
October 17, 2011

We first suggested “nudges for development” as a replacement for Malawi’s renowned, but costly, farm input subsidy program (FISP) back in December.  It looks like the idea could be even more relevant now that the program is shrinking.

Media Coverage
September 16, 2011
Nicholas Kristof writes for the New York Times:  "Careful research by Professor Esther Duflo of M.I.T. and other economists suggests that microfinance can chip away at poverty but is not a panacea."
Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti, Pascaline Dupas, Jonathan Robinson
August 24, 2011

This summer IPA held two events at Kenyan Universities as part of our goal to get research into the hands of people who can use it. Maseno University and Swarthmore University kindly hosted, giving our staff and research affiliates the opportunity to talk about their work along with government officials, bank and microfinance staff, mobile technology firms, students, and professors. 


“Real World Impact of Applied Research: A Focus on New Approaches in Health Policy”, Maseno University

Media Coverage
June 06, 2011
You've heard of the Keynesians, the monetarists, the behaviouralists. Well, now meet the randomistas.
Media Coverage
May 18, 2011
Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times: "Now we reach a central question for our age: How can we most effectively break cycles of poverty? For decades, we had answers that were mostly anecdotal or hot air. But, increasingly, we are now seeing economists provide answers that are rigorously field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials, yielding results that are particularly credible and persuasive."