I’ve been meaning to read for the last month this new paper by Orazio Attanasio and co-authors, which is the latest in the still small number of studies to carry out a randomized experiment to measure the impact of microfinance. David Roodman was quick to give his thoughts on it in this post, but I thought I’d also summarize it briefly for you and offer my thoughts.
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· A New paper has innovative way of getting data on H1B migrants – they obtained administrative data through a Freedom of Information Act request – and use this for most comprehensive look yet at how high-skilled migrants coming through H1B compare to natives.
I came back from a week off at the start of this year to find 7 referee requests from different journals waiting for me , of which I accepted 5 and turned down 2 – clearly some people are working quickly on that New Year’s resolution to send out their papers. Getting so many requests in the same week got me thinking about both how much I want to referee this year and what I can do to be a better referee.
How much to referee?
· The impact of soccer frustration and euphoria on violent crime in Argentina courtesy of the IADB’s effectiveness blog.
Development economists are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and many hours of their time designing, implementing, and analyzing the impact of various interventions. If all goes well, in many cases this leads to one really nice paper. But should it just be “one experiment one paper” as I have heard that one journal editor argues?
This time of year is when the World Bank has its annual community connections campaign (CCC), where staff are encouraged to contribute to a range of local and international charities. Likewise in Washington the Federal Government runs the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which just ended last week. World Bank staff have a choice of 289 charities to choose between; Federal workers have over 4000. So how to choose if you want to have an impact?
A veritable bounty of interesting links this week:
· A summary of take-up results of a vocational training program for youth in Kenya by Miguel, Kremer and co-authors in the World Bank’s HD note.
I received a question this week from Kristen Himelein, a bank colleague who is working on an impact evaluation that will use propensity score matching.