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Brian Jacob, Damon Jones, Benjamin Keys
February 25, 2019

If you’re a teacher in the United States with a student loan, you can get $5,000 to $17,500 of your student loans forgiven by the federal government after five consecutive years of teaching in low-income schools. To do this, you’d have to first match the eligibility requirements to your position and your loans: If you took maternity leave does that year count? Does your loan count if you took a deferment while you got your Masters?

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman, Jeremy Burke
April 30, 2018

Imagine you were just handed a check – a check in addition to and larger than most of your paychecks. Do you know what you would do with this money? And what would it take to change your mind?

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A USDA SNAP card being used at a farmer's market
CREDIT: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Media Coverage
October 18, 2016
Bloomberg has an in-depth look at IPA's work using behavioral economics to encourage Americans in the cash economy to start saving. It's a frank look at the promise and difficulties of new field research.
Press Release
September 17, 2015
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) today announced the upcoming launch of Financial Inclusion 2020 (FI2020) Week, taking place from November 2-6, 2015. During the week, stakeholders from across the globe will organize and participate in conversations and events to explore the most important steps for achieving financial inclusion – access to financial services for low-income people – by 2020.
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April 15, 2015
Innovations for Poverty Action was pleased to recently host a talk by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science (COS). COS aims to help researchers increase the transparency and reproducibility of their work.
Announcement
August 29, 2014
IPA’s U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) released a report on the Financial Products Innovation Fund, a competitive research fund supported by the Ford Foundation. The report details the seven products and product features piloted by the Fund, as well as information about the results and lessons learned. IPA shared the report with donors, implementing partners, and researchers.
Media Coverage
July 07, 2014
In an op-ed for the New York Times, IPA researcher Chris Blattman raises the idea of cash transfers to the homeless in the United States.
Media Coverage
June 09, 2014
  At Bloomberg View, Former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein discusses the findings of an IPA study on the role of evidence in donors' decision making. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has an article about the study as well. Read the study's accompanying paper here. 
May 28, 2014

 

The US Household Finance Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action is today introducing a new Twitter account, called @IPA_US. Contrary to what our handle might suggest, we will not be tweeting about our affinity for fragrant hops and craft breweries. Instead we’ll be tweeting about the following:

Media Coverage
April 24, 2014
February 04, 2014

January 22, 2014

 

In the real world, we often find that consumers respond differently from the ways theories predict. The more we are able to conduct rigorous research to better understand what products are most effective, the better we will be at focusing investments on those products.

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