Media Coverage
November 03, 2015
The New York Times business columnist Eduardo Porter reviews research dispelling negative impacts of welfare payments to the poor. IPA's work is among the studies showing positive effects of cash transfers.
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
June 13, 2014
  The Economist's Free Exchange blog has a post this week featuring the results of our project on microcredit in Morocco. The full post is here, and more details on that project are available here.
Media Coverage
August 29, 2013
The New York Times Fixes column discusses cash transfer research, including quotes from IPA's Director of Research Methods and Training, Niall Keleher, and IPA affiliate Chris Blattman who discusses his work with IPA in Uganda. The article also discusses our evaluation of GiveDirectly, and our new results from Morocco.
Christopher Blattman, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas
August 21, 2013
Media Coverage
August 20, 2013
  The Atlantic summarizes the results of our study on cash transfers in Morocco.
Media Coverage
August 30, 2011
Africa's MFI performance, despite low population density and high operating costs, is competitive and it leads the world in savings mobilisations, according to the African Development Bank. Yet access to formal finance is still low, says Beniamino Savonitto, project director at Innovations for Poverty Action, an NGO. The excluded seek financial supports from family, friends or curb markets.
Media Coverage
April 23, 2011
An experiment they ran in Tangiers showed that households were willing to pay a substantial amount of money to have a private tap in their home. Once they had a tap, there was no reduction in water borne illness. But there was a substantial increase in self-reported well-being as families had more time for leisure, and the tensions that arose between households as they jostled in line at the public tap disappeared.
Jonathan Morduch, Dean Karlan, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
October 21, 2010

The emerging answer seems to be similar to the answer to the question: "Does Aid Work?": It depends.

We just finished up the first panel session at Microfinance Impact 2010, moderated by Jonathan Morduch, and with presentations by Dean Karlan (Yale and IPA), Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Esther Duflo (MIT), Carlos Danel (Compartamos Banco) and Tanguy Bernard (Agence Française de Développement).