Mushfiq Mobarak presenting results
December 19, 2019

A long-time supporter of IPA recently gave me the gift of a very open-ended question—something along the lines of “So, how did things go this year?” As we close a very eventful 2019, it was refreshing to be able to recollect some highlights of IPA’s policy engagement around the world and reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’re going next on the second pillar of our strategic ambition: sharing evidence strategically.

Policia CDMX
Rodrigo Canales, Mushfiq Mobarak
November 20, 2019

Partnering with governments on research projects is a great way to ensure buy-in to rigorous research from policymakers, but it comes with a unique challenge: those policymakers can change due to political transition or staff turnover in the middle of a study. When that happens, what does that mean for the research?

Media Coverage
July 25, 2019
Writing in Bloomberg, economist Noah Smith points to research on how consulting services have helped small and medium enterprises grow, including an IPA study in Mexico which found it boosted productivity and hiring.
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:
Media Coverage
October 06, 2016
The Economist talks about IPA's work in microcredit, flexible repayment loans, and ultra-poor graduation studies.
Press Release
January 21, 2015
January 22, 2015, NEW HAVEN, CT - Microcredit—providing small loans to underserved entrepreneurs—has been both celebrated and vilified as a development tool. Six new studies from four continents bring rigorous evidence to this debate, finding that while microcredit has some benefits, it is not a viable poverty alleviation tool.  
Media Coverage
January 20, 2015
Mexico's El Economista financial news reviews IPA's work across several Latin American countries showing how simple reminders can boost savings.
Street vendors in Hyderabad, India
Antoinette Schoar, Ximena Cadena, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani, Michael Callen, Manuela Angelucci, Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster
September 29, 2014
Media Coverage
July 07, 2014
In the Upshot section of the New York Times, IPA founder and president Dean Karlan applies IPA's utilitarian methodology to choosing a World Cup team. With data crunched by IPA's Nate Barker, Karlan ranks each team according to the impact on world happiness its victory would have: 
Media Coverage
May 20, 2013
The Economist wrote about IPA's recently released studies on interest rate sensitivity and the impact of microcredit on women with Mexican microfinance bank Compartamos Banco.
Media Coverage
May 20, 2013
Mexico's El Economista discusses our study on the impact of lowering interest rates for microloans in Mexico (article in Spanish).
Press Release
May 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Zinman
March 20, 2012

This blog series highlights the randomized trial of the impact of Compartamos, a for-profit microlender in Mexico, and their expansion in the Nogales area. The questions came from the original post here.

Outcome measure: Is there substitution between use of Compartamos (Crédito Mujer) and informal lending/savings mechanisms?