SME WGM 2018
Evanston,United States
October 20, 2018

The SME Program held its Ninth Working Group meeting at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on October 20, 2018, in Evanston, Illinois. The meeting convened SME Program affiliates to discuss innovative research around SMEs and entrepreneurship. Presentations included:

Opening remarks
Dean Karlan, Northwestern University

Shocking Business Aspirations: Experimental Evidence from Small-scale Entrepreneurs in a Developing Economy
Patricio Dalton, Tilburg University

Washington D.C.,United States
August 10, 2017

Eric Edmonds, principal investigator, and Peter Srouji, Research Manager for IPA Philippines, were invited to speak at the US Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Grantee Midterm Learning Workshop at the US Department of Labor (US DOL) in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 2017. Eric Edmonds' presentation was about parent-child differences in time allocation responses.

Cambridge,United States
June 02, 2017 - June 04, 2017

In this session, IPA’s Associate Director of Policy and Communications Heidi McAnnally-Linz shares examples of how IPA is using rigorous evidence to inform policy conversations in national governments from Peru to Ghana, and in sectors from education to social protection. She also highlights opportunities for effective altruists to leverage investments in rigorous evidence and achieve more impact.

Online,United States
January 17, 2017

Innovations for Poverty Action, Professor Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth College), and Professor Dean Karlan (Yale University) partnered with RiteCheck to develop a safe savings product for check cashing customers. The researchers evaluated ways to encourage “impulse savings” at the teller window, testing how these savings accounts, coupled with prompts and incentives to make deposits, impacted savings behavior and customer loyalty.
 

Washington D.C.,United States
November 14, 2016

On November 14, IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program co-sponsored a day-long workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion, held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event brought in about 40 attendees. Program Manager Kyle Holloway wrote a blog about some of the event’s takeaways:


Opportunity Finance Network Conference
Atlanta,United States
October 27, 2016

On October 27th, IPA and J-PAL hosted a session at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference — "Randomized Control Trials: What your CDFI Needs to Know. " In the session, the US Finance Initiative at IPA discussed why RCTs are so powerful and how community development financial institutions can use RCTs to understand the impacts of their products and services.

Behavioral Insights in Practice
Chicago,United States
September 28, 2016

On September 28th, IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program, together with JPMorgan Chase & Co., co-hosted a workshop on using behavioral insights in the financial sector. The event brought together top behavioral scientists from both academia and industry to present recent research on financial products and services, and how participants can integrate these lessons into their own work.

New York,United States
September 21, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Lucia Sanchez, SME Program Director, participated in a panel discussion on "Data for Socially Inclusive Economic Growth” at ICSD 2016 in New York. Lucia’s presentation provided an overview of the key problems facing SMEs around access to finance, human capital, and markets, and showcased a series of interrelated research projects aimed at testing effective solutions to those problems. She also shared IPA’s experience bringing together policymakers and researchers to design and rigorously test innovative solutions to the most binding constraints to SME growth in developing countries.

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Cambridge,United States
November 20, 2015

The SME Program held its Sixth Working Group meeting at the MIT Sloan School of Management on November 20, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting convened SME Program affiliates to discuss innovative research in the SME space. 

Presenters included:

Welcome & Overview
Lucia Sánchez, Innovations for Poverty Action    
 
“The Growth of New Firms” 
Jean-Noël Barrot, MIT Sloan School of Management    

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CREDIT: 
Kim Smith
2-3 PM, EST,United States
November 05, 2015

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have grown in popularity among for-profit and not-for-profit financial service providers alike, due to their accuracy in evaluating both bottom-line and social mission impacts. But many organizations struggle to understand exactly what RCTs are, and how to begin using RCTs for decision-making. 

In this free webinar, we discuss why RCTs are so powerful and how financial service providers can use RCTs to understand the impacts of their products and services. Specifically, we cover: 

Washington D.C.,United States
April 22, 2015

Garret Christensen (Assistant Project Scientist, BITSS) represented BITSS at a conference on Reproducibility in Federal Evaluations organized by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA; Chair, J-PAL's Finance Program), Rachel Glennerster (Executive Director, J-PAL; IPA Affiliate), and Stephanie Wykstra (Research Manager, IPA) also participated in the conference....

Washington D.C.,United States
November 12, 2014

Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan (Global Financial Inclusion Initiative Director, IPA) participated in a roundtable with leading policymakers, industry representatives, and thought leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss the status and role of standard-setting bodies with respect to financial inclusion. The roundtable was held at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Washington D.C.,United States
October 12, 2014

On 12 October, 2014, Dean Karlan, Academic Lead for the Financial Inclusion Program, served as a panelist for a discussion on technology and financial inclusion at the Future of Finance Seminar at the International Monetary Fund’s 2014 Annual Meetings. Watch a video of the panel discussion on the event website.

Washington D.C.,United States
September 18, 2014

On 18 September 2014, IPA Manager Aaron Dibner-Dunlap presented on a panel titled "How to Get People to Save" at the Assets Learning Conference, hosted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed evidence-based interventions derived from nudges–incremental changes in behavior–which show promise in promoting savings habits among low-income populations.

Washington D.C.,United States
July 10, 2014

The Multilateral Investment Fund at the Inter-American Development Bank convened a working group to share insights on the role of remittances and savings in helping transnational households manage their finances.

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