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June 17, 2011

Will Crouch, Head of Research at Giving What We Can writes in the Financial Times.  

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June 06, 2011

You've heard of the Keynesians, the monetarists, the behaviouralists. Well, now meet the randomistas.

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May 22, 2011

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.

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May 18, 2011

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 field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials, yielding results that are particularly credible and persuasive."

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May 16, 2011

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 control trials (RCTs)-to evaluate the real impact of programs intended to help people.

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May 15, 2011

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....

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April 23, 2011

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 time for leisure, and the tensions that arose between households as they jostled in line at the public tap disappeared.

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April 20, 2011

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...

Dean Karlan
April 11, 2011

In celebration of the release of their book this Thursday April 14th, authors Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel will be giving away 1 pill for deworming children for each mention of #morethangoodintentions on Twitter (up to 10,000 pills).

School-based deworming is one of the most cost effective methods for raising school attendance. In areas where prevalence is high, worms make children weak and makes them miss days of school. And the more we learn the better deworming keeps sounding, as new research is suggesting long-term impacts of deworming children on cognitive development, and even...

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April 06, 2011

French economist Esther Duflo thinks poverty can be alleviated or even eradicated with the right policies. All it takes is for politicians to "translate research into action", implementing programmes that have been shown to work.

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March 31, 2011

In April, Duflo's new book, 'Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty', will once more turn the spotlight on actions to tackle poverty. Co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee, the book aims to make 2011 the year that the "economics of poverty" become a key part of international political discussions.

James Berry, Gregory Fischer, Raymond Guiteras
March 22, 2011

The other day I was talking to Alex Nisichenko, a project associate for IPA who worked on the "Household Clean Water Technology: Valuation, Use & Impact" project in Northern Ghana. He also happens to be the one who took and told me the story behind the above photo he snapped in Tamale—one that I would like to share on behalf of World Water Day.

About a year ago, a prominent organization contacted Alex requesting a photo of rural Ghanaians with their drinking water. In response to their request, Alex sent them the above. The organization loved it and decided they wanted to use it...

Abhijit Banerjee
February 25, 2011

The Economist magazine has a special report on feeding the world in their latest issue. One of the major challenges is ensuring that people get the right nutrients, even if they are getting enough calories. Abhijit Banerjee quotes George Orwell writing in 1937 on the British working class to highlight the importance of cultural norms as an obstacle to good nutrition: 

The basis of their diet is white bread and margarine, corned beef, sugared tea, and potatoes—an appalling diet. Would it not be better if they spent more money on wholesome things like...

Nava Ashraf, Mushfiq Mobarak, Michael Kremer
January 27, 2011

Last Friday I attended the inaugural Impact Evaluation Conference at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. It was great hearing an exciting mix of new research fresh from leading academics, and ideas from various practitioners on the challenges of incorporating evaluation into public policy.

MCC Chief Economist Franck Wiebe opened with a robust defense of rigorous evaluation, noting that more than half of the projects in the MCC portfolio and subject to a rigorous quantitative evaluation (many, but not all of which are randomized). He also noted that common...

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January 25, 2011

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases casts a spotlight on DtW's global efforts to expand school-based deworming. In addition to providing an overview of our work, the blog contains a few random, but nevertheless interesting facts...