Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
 "This is not a slow burn of a recession. This happened really fast. What that means is that people don't really have time to have prepared for it." IPA's Shana Warren describes to NPR what she and 25 co-authors found from tracking how 30,000 households in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone were affected by the COVID crisis. She describes how the povety  consequences around the wold have been different and worse than what we've seen in past.
Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
Vox reports on the results from a new paper that features data on the economic shock of the pandemic experienced by tens of thousands of vulnerable households across nine lower- and middle-income countries. The phone survey conducted from April to July 2020 found that while the effects varied significantly country by country, overall, developing nations are weathering higher rates of food insecurity, loss of income, and other negative long-term impacts.
Media Coverage
February 23, 2021
In Reuters, Shana Warren, one of the 20 co-authors of a recently published study on the impact of COVID-19 in nine lower- and middle-income countries, argues that emergency cash assistance is vital to helping economically disadvantaged households stay afloat while curbing the spread of the virus.
Media Coverage
February 22, 2021
The Financial Times reports on findings from a new survey of an estimated 100,000 people in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and the Philippines between April and June last year.
February 18, 2021

This piece was first published on the blog of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) here.

Press Release
February 05, 2021
Washington, D.C..—The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in developing countries across the globe, according to a new study by an international team of economists.
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February 04, 2021

In July 2020, we highlighted Sierra Leone’s experience confronting COVID-19 from the vantage point of a fragile state—one that lived through civil war and, more recently, another acute public health crisis with Ebola in 2014, as well as a damaging mudslide in Freetown in 2017.

Media Coverage
January 05, 2021
In an op-ed on incentivizing COVID-19 vaccinations in France, Le Monde features an IPA study in Sierra Leone which was designed to encourage parents to immunize their children. The study found social signaling, through wearing bracelets to indicate whether children had been vaccinated, was a low-cost and effective way to increase immunization.
Sierra Leone surveyors
Oeindrila Dube, Darin Christensen, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, Maarten Voors
March 31, 2020

Darin Christensen, Oeindrila Dube, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, and Maarten Voors just released two papers (main paper here and companion paper here, with a quick summary of the project here) related to the 2014-15 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

Media Coverage
March 26, 2020
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Oeindrila Dube and Katherine Baicker discuss how lessons from the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be applied in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss Dube's IPA study, coauthored with Darin Christensen, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, and Maarten Voors, which found that two social accountability interventions led more patients to report Ebola cases and resulted in lower mortality rates. 
Media Coverage
May 28, 2019
In light of the increased role of media in India's 2019 Lok Sabha elections, J-PAL South Asia's Vidita Priyadarshini and Shagun Sabarwal write about what research in the U.S. and Sierra Leone 
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:
Anne Karing
February 16, 2017

By Anne Karing and Arthur Baker

Editor’s note: This cross-post originally appeared on the Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) blog

Media Coverage
July 05, 2016
Rachel Glennerster writes in Burkina Faso's L'Economiste about her research with IPA in Sierra Leone on how knowledge of candidates affects voters. (Note: in French)