Media Coverage
July 05, 2016

Rachel Glennerster writes in Burkina Faso's L'Economiste about her research with IPA in Sierra Leone on how knowledge of candidates affects voters. (Note: in French)

Media Coverage
November 10, 2015

Political debates are good even when they’re bad. Even when candidates are cringe-worthy, they’re cringe-worthy in public view. And voters learn about all the candidates, not just new ones. In the United States, for example, Hillary Clinton has been center stage in political life for 24 years. Donald Trump is the very definition of “overexposed.” Still, the debates tell us new things about them — their positions, temperament, grace under pressure (or lack thereof), charisma and political skill.

How much more could voters benefit from debates in countries where they know next to...

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August 17, 2015

IPA researchers Ted Miguel, Kenneth Lee, and Catherine Wolfram, with IPA-Kenya's Francis Meyo have an op-ed in Reuters about President Obama's plan to power Africa. Using findings from IPA's Rural Electric Power Project in Kenya they point out that the vast majority of Kenayans are close to an existing power grid, and what's needed is connections to the grid, not small solar generation.

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April 27, 2015

 The Economist reports on the IPA study by Lucy Martin of Yale and IPA-Uganda, in which participants played games with corruption losses framed as from aid or tax coffers.

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June 03, 2014

Our research affiliate Rachel Glennerster recently gave an interview on Good Morning Sierra Leone about this study on voter knowledge initiatives. Watch the interview below, and read more about the study here.

Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Kelly Bidwell
March 15, 2013

  All eyes were on Kenya in recent weeks during the run up to the election. The tension was of course understandable; this was the first election since more than 1,000 people were killed in the violence that broke out after Raila Odinga questioned the legitimacy of the 2007 election results. There were considerable efforts both inside and outside of Kenya to ensure that this election was free, fair and peaceful. Part of this has been the instigation of high-tech voting and counting systems, to decrease opportunities for ballot stuffing and increase faith in the legitimacy of both the...
Xavier Giné
November 05, 2012


Editor’s note: Xavier Giné is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. In our continuing series, he talks about research he presented at the Impact and Policy Conference.

Despite improvements in de jure rights to female political participation in emerging democracies, women are less likely than men to stand for public office and to participate as voters. Even when they do vote, women are less likely to exercise independence in candidate choice. Instead, women report voting in accordance with the preferences of the caste, clan or household head in contrast to men of all ages...

October 16, 2012

  Editors note: Lakshmi Iyer is Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. In our continuing series, she discusses her presentation from our Impact and Policy Conference.   My presentation discussed the relationship between economic conditions, political institutions and conflict. When I talk of conflict, I mean the use of violence to resolve disagreements. There are a wide variety of conflicts across the world. Conflict can involve two or more countries, such as in inter-state conflict or war, or two groups within a country (internal...
Christopher Blattman, Jeannie Annan, Robert Blair
November 26, 2010

Chris Blattman is off to Liberia to check in on a couple of projects being implemented with IPA. I'm pretty sure our excellent field staff will have everything under control.

One project is a study on a training program for former civil war combatants, another an evaluation of a peace education program. If you thought that RCTs couldn't do governance, you thought wrong.


August 05, 2010

Alanna Sheikh started a bit of a debate last week on the limitations of impact evaluations. She cites Andrew Natsios (a former USAID administrator)

USAID has begun to favor health programs over democracy strengthening or governance programs because health programs can be more easily measured for impact. Rule of law efforts, on the other hand, are vital to development but hard to measure and therefore get less funding.

Lots of things are vital for development, but something being vital doesn’t mean that aid funding is necessarily an effective way of...

Media Coverage
April 09, 2010

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 country to draw upon a much bigger pool of political talent"

Media Coverage
May 27, 2008

Abhijit Banerjee and colleagues studied the delivery of government-sponsored primary education and primary health programmes in Udaipur, Rajasthan and came to some shocking conclusions.

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January 24, 2008

Esther Duflo wondered whether there was anything that could be done about absentee teachers in rural India. She and colleague Rema Hanna tested the use of cameras to monitor teacher attendance (and salary incentives based on attendance records), and it worked.

Related Projects:
Encouraging Teacher Attendance through Monitoring with Cameras in Rural India