- Uri Simonsohn discusses 4 ways of deciding whether you really have a zero effect (can accept the null)
- The impact of becoming a Swiss citizen on political integration – apparently Swiss citizens used to have secret votes on individual citizenship applications – researchers then compare those who just exceeded 50% of the vote and could become citizen with those who just missed out – tracking them down 15 years later (45% response rate)
A few of the many evaluation results on text messaging interventions
We are pleased to launch for the fifth year a call for PhD students and others on the job market to blog their job market paper on Development Impact. We welcome blog posts on anything related to empirical development work, impact evaluation, or measurement. For examples, you can see posts from 2014, 2013 and 2012. We will follow a slightly altered process from the previous years, with the main difference being a hard deadline for submissions rather than rolling submissions:
We will start accepting submissions immediately until midnight on Monday, November 23, with the goal of publishing a couple before Thanksgiving and then about 6-8 more in December when people are deciding who to interview. We will not accept any submissions after the deadline. We will also do some more refereeing this year, which might imply a slightly lower success rate than previous years (but still better than 50%). Below are the rules that you must follow, followed by some guidance/tips you should follow:
- job market papers 2015
- Videolink of this week’s discussion with Ezra Klein of Vox on how to popularize research: including why do we want to popularize research was important – and the difference between just trying to get lots of eyeballs vs getting it to the right readers
- A feature story on Berk’s policy talk on shall we just give them cash?
- The case of the fired up implementers.One of the evaluations we are working on is comparing two different types of business training – with both being delivered by the same service providers.Apparently the training of the trainers worked too well; in at least one location the trainers were so entrepreneurially energized by the training that they developed their own hybrid model that combines the two (yes, there already was a third arm where folks get both).This reminded me the importance of always knowing (at multiple points in time), as best you can, what is actually being implemented.
- Dan Kopf at Priceonomics does a very thorough and excellent job discussing the YouWin! business plan competition I evaluated, including quotes from Michael Wong who helped set up the program, examples of success stories, and what the critics say.