· Call for Papers – 6th international conference on Migration and Development – to be held in Morocco May 18-19 – papers due end of January.
· GiveWell has a nuanced discussion of the evidence for giving cash directly to poor households and how this compares to deworming and ant-malaria bednets as interventions they recommend charitable donors should support.
This is another (and probably the last) in our series of posts by PhD students on the job market – and one that is very close to home for those of us working in DC!
Several countries around the world (notably Australia and Canada) have migration points systems- score above some points threshold and you can come in, score below and you can’t. This has intrigued me with the possibility of a regression-discontinuity design to measure impacts of migrating. However, there are several problems – the points given tend to be lumpy (e.g.
· Nice op-ed in the Washington Post by reporter Dylan Matthews calling for more testing of policy experiments
On October 3rd, I sent out a survey asking people what was the biggest, most embarrassing, dramatic, funny, or other oops mistake they made in an impact evaluation. Within a few hours, a former manager came into my office to warn me: “Christel, I tried this 10 years ago, and I got exactly two responses.”
This is the sixth of our series of posts by PhD students on the job market.