- Call for papers for my favorite migration conference – the 7th AFD-CGD-World Bank Migration and Development Conference, to take place at IMI Oxford on June 30 - July 1, 2014.
- On the CSAE blog – the reverse couch potato effect- the impact of inspirational movies on aspirations and short-term behavior – new work by Stefan Dercon, Tanguy Bernard, Kate Orkin and Alemayehu Taffesse. The blog post has a couple of examples of the movies used to show people in rural Ethiopia how people like them had made choices that had led to success.
I guess people were more focused on scaring up candy than writing this week, but a few interesting links:
- The Economist today has an article Pennies from Heaven on giving cash transfers to the poor- it discusses the recent Give Directly evaluation, Berk’s work in Malawi and overview piece on CCTs, my Ghana experiment, and more.
- Why control groups are ethical and necessary in the Huffington Post: “the importance of knowing whether or not new methods add to student outcomes is so great that one could argue that it is unethical not to agree to participate in experiments in which one might be assigned to the control group”