Media Coverage
May 31, 2011
In light of the recent publication of "Poor Economics”, the new book by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Mobile Money for the Unbanked caught up with Dr. Duflo to discuss some relevant themes to help our readers understand the broader impact of mobile financial services in the economics of the poor.
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.
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).

Mike Goodwin
Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jonathan Zinman
September 10, 2010
Media Coverage
February 05, 2010
Research on the efficacy of commitment contracts to quit smoking by IPA Research Affiliates Xavier Giné, Dean Karlan, and Jonathan Zinman is mentioned in a Newsweek article about how public policy tools can be used to fight heart disease.
Media Coverage
January 20, 2010
An article on New Year's Resolutions recognizes the tendency to procrastinate, and offers solutions to address it.  Research on fertilizer yields and usage in Kenya by IPA Research Affiliates Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, and Jonathan Robinson is mentioned. Commitment contracts in the Philippines, a project by IPA Researchers Xavier Giné, Dean Karlan, and Jonathan Zinman is also mentioned.
Media Coverage
January 20, 2010
IPA Research Affiliate Esther Duflo writes about the role of microcredit in development.
Media Coverage
December 28, 2009
Does the aid world exaggerate the benefits of microloans? How much do they help? Nicholas Kristof presents a "thoughtful, evidence-based analysis" by IPA Research Affiliates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Dean Karlan.
Media Coverage
November 30, 2009
In this Editorial, IPA Research Affiliate Abhijit Banerjee responds to coverage of the results of two recent microcredit impact evaluations in the Philippines and in India, and highlights important insights that many discussions in the media have overlooked. 
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.
Media Coverage
September 20, 2009
This Boston Globe article cites a paper by IPA president Dean Karlan and Research Affiliate Jonathan Zinman as well as a paper by IPA Research Affiliates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Rachel Glennerster (with co-author Cynthia Kinnan) in its discussion of the impact of microfinance. From the article:
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:

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.

Ishita Ahmed
June 19, 2009

We just completed the baseline survey for one of the projects I’m working on in Cagayan de Oro, the Philippines.  Consequently, I’ve been spending most of my time the last few weeks thinking about how to get good data.  Getting the right information might seem simple; figure out what you want to know about people and then ask them.  However, in practice getting good data proves much more difficult. 

Malawian farmers gather around a computer to observe the fingerprinting technology used in the study.
Dean Yang
Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman
April 09, 2009

Banks in the developed world know a lot about applicants before deciding whether or not to lend them money. The transactions take place within a massive flow of detailed financial information including tax returns, credit scores, loan applications, and bank statements. An ocean of personal data follows people throughout their lives and determines their access to credit.