David McKenzie's blog
- In VoxEU, Chris Woodruff and I summarize our new work showing that business practices matter for even very small firms in developing countries
Over the summer I’ve been slowly working my way through the new book Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences: An Introduction by Guido Imbens and Don Rubin. It is an introduction in the sense that it is 600 pages and still doesn’t have room for difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity, synthetic controls, power calculations, dealing with attrition, dealing with multiple time periods, treatment spillovers, or many other topics in causal inference (they promise a volume 2). But not an introduction in that it is graduate level and I imagine would be very confusing if you had no previous exposure to causal inference. So I thought I’d share some thoughts on this book for our readers.
- Freakonomics podcast transcript covering Chris Blattman’s work on giving grants and cognitive behavioral therapy to men in Liberia, as well as related work in the US and UK
- On the CGD blog, the political paradox of cash transfers
- Rohini Pande and Charity Moore on the puzzle of why India’s women are working less with development, not more – they call for gender quotas in the labor market.