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IPA/CEGA Education Event: Affecting Student Learning

Mar 05/12 | From the blog
by Laura Starita

This post summarizes findings from a group of studies in education that were presented on March 2, 2012 at a half-day event hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the University of California’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). Please forgive any errors or omissions. Cross-posted from Philanthropy Action.

Do you know better than the experts?

Feb 28/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

At Academy Award parties on Sunday across the country, people filled out sample ballots to guess the Oscar winners before they were announced. Now we’re doing the same thing.

Paying Taxes in the UK: Nudges and Operations Research

Feb 23/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

The UK has a really interesting initiative called the Behavioral Insights Team, colloquially known as the Nudge unit (after the popular book by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler). They published some neat results recently, which are eloquently described by Tim Harford in a recent blog post.

IPA On List of 100 Best NGOs

Jan 27/12 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

The Global Journal has just published the “first ever” list of 100 best NGOs (non-governmental organizations). We can’t vouch for their claim that this is the first list of its kind, ever, but it is undoubtedly an intriguing premise. And we’re excited to say that IPA is #87 on the list.

Poor Choices: Poverty from the Ground Level

Jan 12/12 | From the blog
by Syeda Younus

At Foreign Affairs, Timothy Besley asks “why are some countries rich and others poor?”

He then takes us on an interesting, albeit brief, journey into the development of economics itself, arguing that while poverty poses the greatest challenge to the discipline, traditional economics itself does not do the problem justice.

Recording Now Available: Jonathan Zinman presents on IPA’s Borrow Less Tomorrow (BoLT) program in webinar

Jan 11/12 | From the blog

On January 17, 2012, more than 360 people joined this discussion of the Borrow Less Tomorrow (BoLT) Program, a behavioral approach to helping low- and middle-income individuals and families pay down expensive debt. Using principles of behavioral economics, the BoLT Program helps consumers devise a repayment schedule and incorporates the use of peer support and reminders so that consumers both successfully pay down their debt and improve their credit scores.

Impact and Scale-Up: An Interview with Annie Duflo and Dean Karlan, Part 2

Dec 31/11 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

Last month, Annie Duflo assumed the executive directorship of IPA, replacing Dean Karlan, who will stay on as President. Annie has been with IPA for over three years serving as Vice President and Director of Research. With this shift in leadership, we wanted to sit down with Annie and Dean to hear directly from them about the new organizational structure and what lies ahead as IPA looks toward its tenth anniversary. This excerpt from the larger interview focuses on the origins of IPA and the organization’s scale-up efforts.

Priorities and Transitions: An Interview with Annie Duflo and Dean Karlan, Part 1

Dec 31/11 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

Last month, Annie Duflo assumed the executive directorship of IPA, replacing Dean Karlan, who will stay on as President. Annie has been with IPA for over three years serving as Vice President and Research Director. With this shift in leadership, we wanted to sit down with Annie and Dean to hear directly from them about what lies ahead for IPA in the coming year.

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Avoiding the Ask: Evidence on Empathy

Dec 30/11 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

Today, we're featuring a guest post from IPA Project Associate Hannah Trachtman. She just published a paper with co-authors James Andreoni and Justin M. Rao about what makes people give when confronted with Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells and/or asking us for money. As people finalize their 2011 donations, we think this post is particularly interesting, because it makes us think about how and why we think about giving.

Giving effectively

Dec 19/11 | From the blog
by Leah Stern

Here in the US, the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an outpouring of generosity from Americans contributing to worthy causes. At IPA, we believe that it is critical that the more than $200 billion (pdf) donated by individuals each year is used as effectively as possible, to make the biggest difference in the fight against poverty.

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