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Defining Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: An Unconditional Mess

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Many policymakers are interested in the role of conditions in cash transfer programs. Do they improve outcomes of interest more than money alone? Are there trade-offs? Is there a role for conditions for political rather than technocratic reasons? It’s easy to extend the list of questions for a good while. However, before one can get to these questions, there is a much more basic question that needs to be answered (for any policymaker contemplating running one of these programs at any level): “What do you mean by a conditional (or unconditional) cash transfer program?”

Economists have experiments figured out. What’s next? (Hint: It’s Measurement)

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“Everybody lies.” This is the famous refrain of Dr. Gregory House that is repeated in almost every episode of the TV show House. But, we need not need to take our guidance from an eccentric TV character: academics have been heard stating similar sentiments.

It’s Back: Blog your Job Market Paper!

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After last year’s inaugural Job Market Papers (JMP) Blog Series, we were not sure this year whether to repeat it or not. However, after David got a few queries about when it’s coming up this year, it looks as if the demand is there. After some discussion among the four DI bloggers, we decided that it’s worth doing it again and see how it goes.

Our biggest worry was about the time it took for us to vet papers last year and to work with you to revise your blog (sometimes multiple rounds), so we’ll change things up a bit this year to make the process smoother for everyone involved.

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