I spent Friday and Saturday at the BREAD development conference at Yale (program here). It differs from most conferences - which feature many papers each presented for a short amount of time- by instead having only 7 papers each presented for 1 hour 15 minutes with plenty of spirited discussion.
David McKenzie's blog
Development Impact: JDE now has you as the editor plus eight co-editors. How do you assign papers and coordinate with so many co-editors? Also, how are the co-editors are appointed?
· Tim Ogden writes on the mysteries emerging from new work on ways to increase savings - on the FAI blog.
“More and better jobs” is a goal for many policymakers around the world (along with part of the title for a recent World Bank South Asia flagship report on employment). How to create “good jobs” is a key question that the next World Development Report is also expected to help answer.
The American Economics Association announced today that the 2012 Johns Bates Clark medal (for the most significant work by an economist under age 40) winner is Amy Finkelstein of MIT, who has made important contributions to the study of health and insurance markets. The AEA summary of her work is here.
· My colleague Leora Klapper and manager Asli Demirguc-Kunt have just released new global data on financial access around the World called the Global Findex, funded by the Gates Foundation.
A number of developed countries now have linked employer-employee records, although to date I haven’t seen as many papers doing cool things with such data as I would expect. A new paper in the AEJ-Applied (ungated here) by Andrey Stoyanov and Nikolay Zubanov uses Danish data to show what is possible, and help provide some of the most convincing evidence yet that workers carry firm knowledge with them when they move.
Lots of links this week:
· David Roodman summarizes the new microfinance impact evaluation research at the CGAP blog.
One of the comments we got last week was a desire to see more “behind-the-scenes” posts of the trials and tribulations of trying to run an impact evaluation. I am sure we will do more of these, but there are many times I have thought about doing so and baulked for one of the following reasons: