Media Coverage
March 26, 2012
Peru's Ministry of Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion announced that they would work together with the Quipu Commission to work to reduce poverty in Peru. An excerpt (translated from original Spanish): ...the work of the Quipu Commission is extremely important as we work to improve social interventions, adequately distribute the state's resources, and ultimately to benefit the poorest of the poor, which is our principal objective....
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CREDIT: 
Hannah Trachtman
Dean Karlan
November 15, 2011

Hannah Trachtman is a project associate with the Group vs. Individual Liability Project in Peru.

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.
March 01, 2011

IPA is evaluating pilots of the CGAP-Ford Ultra-Poor Graduation program in 7 different countries. The idea is to provide a comprehensive package of support to the very poorest, with the hope that at the end of the program they will have moved out of extreme poverty and be able to generate enough income to support themselves. 

Maria Dolores Sanchez Liste reports back on the CGAP blog on the results from our baseline survey in Honduras:

Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Catherine Timura
January 20, 2011

This blog is cross-posted from the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program website. 

December 02, 2010

El Profesor Dean Karlan, presidente de IPA, institución que hace evaluación de impactos a través de experimentos aleatorios, habló en Perú acerca de las últimos descubrimientos en el campo de las Microfinanzas. El evento fue organizado por el Instituto del Perú de la Universidad San Martin y se tituló “Microfinanzas: ¿Que funciona y que no?

Al evento asistieron diversas personas ligadas al mundo de las Microfinanzas en el Perú.

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CREDIT: 
Mike Goodwin
Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Zinman
September 10, 2010
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CREDIT: 
Glenna Gordon
May 06, 2010

Here's a nice article written by Chris Dunford and the gang at Freedom from Hunger.  Freedom from Hunger is certainly an organization that understands the value of rigorous evaluation.  They have worked with IPA in Benin,...

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: 
Abhijit Banerjee
September 09, 2009

I recently returned from a 3-week trip to Cusco, Peru to help out my fellow Project Associate who is based there. I live in Lima, so the trip to Cusco, a sizeable city in its own right but quite distinct from Lima's hustle and bustle, was a welcome respite. I most certainly enjoyed the sunny weather and the lack of noise pollution. However, being based in Lima, I have grown accustomed to the everyday conveniences that are typical of a big city. I was reminded of this point during a trip to the grocery store while I was in Cusco, albeit in a very peculiar way.

August 31, 2009

Microfinance institutions are often assumed to be socially oriented, but as the industry expands and more institutions enter, it becomes increasingly important to verify these claims.  Donors and social investors should require more than a mission statement and a few anecdotes to know whether an MFI is really reaching the poor.

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CREDIT: 
Will Boase
Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Zinman
August 19, 2009

Interesting example of the endowment effect from New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/dining/19note.html?8dpc

Summing up the quirky behaviors of his dining companions over his tenure as restaurant critic for the NY Times, Bruni describes the way his fellow diners--to whom he had randomly assigned dishes to be sampled--would become protective of "their" choices, defending their quality.

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CREDIT: 
Sukhmani Sethi
August 11, 2009

I need to give props to the Kiva Fellows, who work with many of the same microfinance institutions that partner with IPA in the field.

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