May 22, 2011
Media Coverage
A GOOD number of the world's most challenging problems might be a lot easier to solve than anyone imagined. That's what I couldn't help thinking as I left a recent meeting with a young French economist.
May 19, 2011
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Researchers at MIT's Poverty Action Lab and at Innovations for Poverty Action, a research lab based in New Haven, Connecticut, now look to the power of randomized trials, the same methodology that scientists use to test their hypotheses. They are guardedly optimistic that with enough work, they'll...
May 18, 2011
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Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times: "Now we reach a central question for our age: How can we most effectively break cycles of poverty? For decades, we had answers that were mostly anecdotal or hot air. But, increasingly, we are now seeing economists provide answers that are rigorously...
May 18, 2011
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A new book explodes the myth that the poor can't be trusted with direct cash transfers because they make 'bad' life decisions.
May 17, 2011
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Contrary to the hype, microfinance doesn't help everyone - and microfinance loans sometimes go for personal needs, not a business. But that's OK. By Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel
May 16, 2011
Media Coverage
Which development initiatives work and which do not? It is a simple question, but there has been surprisingly little attempt to answer it rigorously. Over the past decade, some economists have been trying to change this. They are applying a tool long used in the pharmaceutical world-randomized...
May 16, 2011
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Politicians are ignorant about trials, and they're weird about evidence. It doesn't need to be this way. In international development work, resources are tight and people know that good intentions aren't enough: in fact, good intentions can sometimes do harm. We need to know what works.
May 16, 2011
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"How could the [Center for Effective Philanthropy] CEP possibly not invite Ms Duflo?” is our question.
May 15, 2011
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On 16 May 2011, Prof. Michael Kremer (Harvard University) and Sarah Baird (George Washington University) will be holding a seminar on the long-term, follow-up results of Prof. Kremer's research on the impact of school-based deworming in Kenya....
May 13, 2011
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Thoughts on the book from Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB.
May 11, 2011
Media Coverage
Profs. Banerjee and Duflo appear on NPRs 'The Takeaway.' Listen to the interview here.
May 11, 2011
Announcement
"Under Sendhil Mullainathan, the Office of Research will promote evidence-based policy-making at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Office will provide analytical support to the Bureau and strengthen its understanding of possible benefits and costs of potential CFPB policies”
May 11, 2011
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Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo â€” both professors at M.I.T. — have helped changed the practice of economics. Mr. Banerjee and Ms. Duflo have pushed anti-poverty programs in developing countries to become more serious about evaluating whether they are actually improving people's lives.
May 02, 2011
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Should economics be more like medicine? I don’t mean that economists should be more like doctors - I’ve met a few doctors - but that economists should learn from the relationship that medical practice has with medical evidence.
May 02, 2011
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William Easterly reviews "More Than Good Intentions" and "Poor Economics".
April 23, 2011
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April 23, 2011
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An experiment they ran in Tangiers showed that households were willing to pay a substantial amount of money to have a private tap in their home. Once they had a tap, there was no reduction in water borne illness. But there was a substantial increase in self-reported well-being as families had more...
April 20, 2011
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DtW board member, Esther Duflo, has been named as one of the most influential people in the world in 2011's prestigious TIME 100 list of global leaders. Joining her on the list include such luminaries as Prince William, Barrack Obama and Justin...

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