January 24, 2011
Media Coverage
Quitting smoking is a challenge, but if you make a bet, you may have a better chance. A recent experiment showed that heavy smokers who cannot kick the habit can be motivated by money. The experiment was conducted in Mindanao in the Philippines by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT...
January 18, 2011
Media Coverage
South African Planning Minister Trevor Manuel spoke last night at the launch of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Africa) in the SA Labour and Development Research Unit at the University Cape Town.
January 17, 2011
Media Coverage
In the past decade Esther Duflo has changed the way policy-based research can be done in the Majority World.
January 10, 2011
Announcement
The Federal Reserve Board has named ten new members to its Consumer Advisory Council and designated a new Chair and Vice Chair of the Council for 2011. The Council advises the Board on the exercise of its responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Protection Act and on other matters in the area of...
January 09, 2011
Media Coverage
IN a recent column, Peter Singer, who is a Professor of Bioethics at Princeton, wrote that while John Stuart Mill argued that individuals are the best guardians of their own interests, research suggests that they can do with some help. He took the example of Professor of Economics at Yale, Dean...
January 09, 2011
Media Coverage
Esther Duflo says that educated and healthy people are the pillars of good social policy.
December 21, 2010
Media Coverage
by Esther Duflo In the coming year I’ll be involved in an effort to promote immunization in poor areas. The goal is to bring to scale a program that Abhijit Banerjee, Rachel Glennerster, and I evaluated in collaboration with Seva Mandir, a nongovernmental organization in the Indian state of...
December 14, 2010
Media Coverage
Microfinance fills a vital need in developing countries: the provision of financial services to those on low-incomes who lack access to formal banking. It is not a silver bullet that ends poverty, as is sometimes claimed. But studies have shown sound evidence that it allows many of the world's...
December 06, 2010
Media Coverage
Abhijit Banerjee of MIT discovered that only about 5Â percent of the 7,200 households that took money from Indian firm Spandana Sphoorty Innovative Financial Services managed to launch a business.
December 01, 2010
Media Coverage
The poor are just like everyone else: They do not save as much as they would like. Yet unlike their richer counterparts, poor people do not receive the cleverly marketed, carefully tested financial products that could help them reach their savings goals more easily. To enrich the bottom of the...
November 29, 2010
Media Coverage
The micro-lending movement has won a Nobel Prize as a leading antipoverty strategy.  Now, in some places, it’s facing imminent collapse. IPA Project Coordinator Alexandra Kobishyn speaks with Where We Live host John Dankosky.  
November 28, 2010
Media Coverage
"A guide to who's still standing in the post-crash marketplace of ideas." Â
November 26, 2010
Media Coverage
Far more poor people want to save, rather than borrow, but often have a hard time putting money aside.
November 26, 2010
Media Coverage
Leading microfinance researchers write in The Indian Express on the current crisis in microfinance in India, and what the government should do to improve regulation without hurting the poor.
November 16, 2010
Media Coverage
Tim Harford features research by Alejandro Drexler, Gregory Fischer and Antoinette Schoar on financial literacy in a column. The paper was presented at the recent Microfinance Impact & Innovation Conference - the bottom line being that simple rules of thumb are effective and outperform more...
November 16, 2010
Media Coverage
IPA and Yale University have received a $7.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create the Microsavings & Payments Innovation Initiative (MPII), a research effort designed to understand and communicate the development potential of microsavings and money transfer...
November 16, 2010
Media Coverage
In many ways, Grameen’s greatest innovation was simply to bring convenient and reliably continuous services to villages ... With these kinds of reliable services — which most of us take for granted — it became possible for customers to relax a little, and to focus on parts of their lives more...
November 12, 2010
Media Coverage
Duflo, a French development economist, is a champion of randomized field experiments to test how well poverty-fighting programs are working.Â
November 08, 2010
Media Coverage
On Tuesday, Montana voted overwhelmingly to cap interest rates for payday loans at 36 percent annually. Similar caps passed in the last election cycle in Ohio and Arizona, limiting the amount companies can charge when making small loans to customers. The ballot results make Montana the 18th state...

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