A piece in The Guardian argues for the need to prioritize the response to COVID-19 and other viruses in developing countries and cites a survey conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions which found overall that people in lower-income countries were more interested in getting a COVID vaccine than in the higher-icnome countries studied.
Nature's news service highlights key findings from a study conducted by IPA and over 30 other institutions surveying nearly 45,000 people in 12 countries which found willingness to get a COVID vaccination was higher in lower-income countries than in Russia and the U.S.
Study examines vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America.
New research published in Nature Medicine reveals willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was considerably higher in developing countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%).
Nature Medicine features commentary by Shingai Machingaidze and Charles Shey Wiysonge on the new study "COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries." They argue that the findings of the study "suggest that prioritizing distribution of vaccines to LMICs is justified not only on equity grounds but also on the expectation of higher marginal returns in maximizing global coverage at a faster rate."
NPR's Planet Money economics podcast re-ran their episode, "Nigeria: You Win!" about the entrepreneurship training and competition program run in that country, which was very effective. The update features new conversations with paint seller Lariat Alhassan, and economist David McKenzie, to see how the results have held up, four years later.
Quartz discusses how a business plan competition in Nigeria evaluated by IPA with the World Bank's David McKenzie gave $100 million to over 3,000 entrepreneurs between 2012 and 2015. The program's success points to promising evidence for spurring economic growth, and is being copied in Kenya and elsewhere. You can hear a full episode of the NPR podcast Planet Money, explaining how the program in Nigeria worked, here.
NPR's Planet Money podcast featured a full episode on an IPA's study which randomized a national competition in Nigeria giving away $58 million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs. They speak with study author David McKenzie of the World Bank, IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University, and the former Finance Minister of Nigeria about the unexpected success of the program, and what was learned for bolstering economic growth and hiring.
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Quartz has the story on an IPA small and medium enterprise study in Nigeria with David McKenzie of the World Bank. The study, looking at ways to spur business growth and hiring, gave away $50,000 to aspiring and current business owners in a national competition, and was extremely successful at spurring expansion and job creation.
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: