May 17, 2010
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Within economics, Duflo and her colleagues are sometimes referred to as the randomistas. They have borrowed, from medicine, what Duflo calls a “very robust and very simple tool”: they subject social-policy ideas to randomized control trials, as one would use in testing a drug. This approach filters...
May 09, 2010
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Esther Duflo's TED talk, "Social Experiments to Fight Poverty" is now available online! 
April 09, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Abhijit Banerjee writes on the effects of reserving parliamentary seats for women. "The most important reason why we should want reservations may, therefore, be that they help shake people out of their ignorant prejudices against women in politics and open the way for the...
April 05, 2010
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IPA president Dean Karlan contributes his thoughts on new trends in the microfinance industry.  From the article: "Karlan agrees that mobile banking is a key trend and notes with the increasing focus on profit, mobile banking will be able to lower transaction costs. 'However, there is a risk that...
March 30, 2010
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In this Op-Ed, IPA Research Affiliate Jonathan Zinman, writing with Victor Stango, draws on research findings to make suggestions for the role of the Consumer Protection Agency in the United States. Zinman praises, as an example, the promise of the Social Security Administration's research and...
March 09, 2010
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IPA Project Associates Kerry Brennan and Daniel Tello review the findings of two IPA studies that examine the role of sunk costs in decisions about how to provide goods and services to the poor. Many people assume that paying for something will make you more likely to use it, while items given away...
February 12, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Abhijit Banerjee discusses the problem (and opportunity) of climate change for the poor.  "Moreover, it is possible that the poor realise that they are the ones who will pay if the climate really changes drastically - after all, they are the ones who will not be able to shift...
February 12, 2010
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More coverage of IPA Affiliate Esther Duflo's TED presentation: "Esther Duflo, a professor in MIT's economics department, said, that every day, 25,000 children die of preventable causes, adding up every eight days to the approximate death toll of the Haiti earthquake."
February 10, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Esther Duflo spoke at TED in California.  "We can not helicopter people out of poverty."
February 10, 2010
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February 05, 2010
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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.
February 01, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Sendhil Mullainathan spoke at TED India in November 2009 on the topic "Solving social problems with a nudge". The video from his presentation is now available online here.
January 22, 2010
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An article on re-thinking the strategies that will improve education in the developing world mentions work by Karthik Muralidharan, an IPA Research Affiliate.  "When schools are poorly run, studying what is wrong is the most vital subject of all."
January 20, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Infosys Science Foundation's achievement award for his ground-breaking research in economic theories of development.
January 20, 2010
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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,...
January 20, 2010
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IPA Research Affiliate Esther Duflo writes about the role of microcredit in development.
January 04, 2010
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Work on the impact of savings in Kenya by IPA Research Affiliates Pascaline Dupas and Jonathan Robinson is mentioned in this article on the importance of saving in the developing world. Nicholas Kristof continues the discussion on his blog. In Kenya, two economists conducted an experiment by paying...
December 28, 2009
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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.
December 24, 2009
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Nicholas Kristof names Deworm the World, an initiative in which IPA is a prominent partner, as a great idea for a charitable holiday gift.
December 08, 2009
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IPA President Dean Karlan and Project Associate Kareem Haggag discuss the findings of research on matching grants in charitable giving: Many foundations and non-profits run campaigns to increase public awareness of a particular issue and to motivate donations. Recently, some foundations have also...

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