Media Coverage
July 17, 2017

IPA researchers Jonathan Morduch and Christopher Woodruff discuss their study results on mobile financial services and obstacles to hiring female garment workers to supervisory roles in Bangladesh.

Media Coverage
July 16, 2017

The Financial Express of Bangladesh reports on a recent conference co-organized by IPA where researcher Christopher Woodruff presented findigns from his study on female managers in the garment industry. As part of his presentation, Woodruff identified three obstacles to women being promoted: lower levels of self-confidence in female candidates; resistance from others - especially males; and ambivalent attitudes of higher-level managers to promote women to supervisory roles.

Workers at a factory in Ethiopia
Workers at a factory in Ethiopia
Media Coverage
April 27, 2017

Chris Blattman and Stefan Dercon wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the unexpected results from a study we worked on with them in Ethiopia. Together, we tested the conventional wisdom about how factory jobs help bring workers out of poverty, but as they explain: “Little did we anticipate that everything we believed would turn out to be wrong.”

Media Coverage
March 27, 2017

The U.S. News & World Report discusses IPA's behavioral science research and RCT studies that are being conducted throughout Kenya. From the article:

Thanks to IPA and outfits like it, the next frontier for nudge theory is being developed in the developing world itself. The epicenter is Kenya – a country with relatively robust infrastructure that serves as a regional hub for international agencies and technology start-ups.

IPA founder Dean Karlan in the Seychelles Nation
Media Coverage
March 13, 2017

IPA Founder and President Dean Karlan headlined the cover of the Seychelle's Nation Newspaper, speaking at a conference about SME's role in development.



Media Coverage
October 07, 2016

They don’t call economics the dismal science for nothing. A study of Ethiopian workers released last week by the US National Bureau of Economics Research found low-wage factories—often known as sweatshops— were dangerous, undesirable and paid even less than self-employment in the informal sector. But, the researchers concluded, countries were still better off than not having those jobs at all.

Media Coverage
September 29, 2016

In the past several decades, manufacturing jobs have fled the developed world for the developing world. Obviously, that’s profoundly reshaped the economies of developing countries like China and Bangladesh. But what does that mean for the ordinary people who are doing the work — often for incredibly low wages?

Press Release
September 26, 2016



New Haven, September 26, 2016 - A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research today looked at the impacts of taking a factory or industrial farm job on young workers in Ethiopia, and found that these industrial jobs gave unemployed people a steady income, but this came with substantial risks to their health. 

Comparing job applicants who did and did not receive the job, researchers found that those offered industrial jobs did no better economically, and the industrial work came with longer hours, lower wages, and a doubling of serious health...

Media Coverage
August 29, 2016

SME Program Director, Lucia Sanchez, is interviewed by Argentina's Infotechnology, where she discusses the use of Randomized Controlled Trials for the design of effective social programs.

Media Coverage
May 30, 2016

IPA Executive Director Annie Duflo was interviewed by Colombia's business and economics daily Portafolio, where she discussed IPA's work on microcredit, unconditional cash transfers, and small and medium enterprises there.

Media Coverage
May 20, 2016

NPR's Planet Money podcast featured a full episode on an IPA's study which randomized a national competition in Nigeria giving away $58 million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs. They speak with study author David McKenzie of the World Bank, IPA researcher Chris Blattman of Columbia University, and the former Finance Minister of Nigeria about the unexpected success of the program, and what was learned for bolstering economic growth and hiring. An article accompanying the story appeared on NPR's international health development blog here. 

Media Coverage
May 16, 2016

National Public Radio's flagship news program All Things Considered featured a story on IPA's study in Nigeria on spurring economic growth.

Media Coverage
March 23, 2016

Researcher Rodgers Naijuka of Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, discusses programs to help women entrepreneurs in that country, and IPA's findings on women-owned businesses.

January 05, 2016

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA is pleased to announce the 10th round of applications to its Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth. The goal of this fund is to support innovative research that is in line with the Program’s objective to build a body of evidence on the effectiveness of programs and policies that promote SME growth. Funding will be allocated competitively to projects that address innovative research questions, use rigorous methods, and have the utmost policy relevance in the areas outlined below.

Update: Submissions are now...