This week is the World Bank’s annual conference on development economics. One of the papers being presented is by my colleague Kate Orkin (together with co-authors Tanguy Bernard, Stefan Dercon and Alemayehu Taffesse) and takes a look at a video intervention and its impact on aspirations among poor folks in Ethiopia. In particular, what Kate and her co-authors are asking is: can we shift aspirations and behavior by showing people more of what is possible?
Markus Goldstein's blog
We all know that institutions matter for development. A really nice new paper by Daron Acemoglu, Tristan Reed and James Robinson shows us how political competition affects a wide range of development outcomes.
co-authored with Michael O'Sullivan
As I procrastinate writing this post, it seems only fitting to take a look at a paper that takes a look at different commitment devices.
Two weeks ago, I blogged about some productive impacts of cash transfer programs. For these effects, as well as the myriad other blog posts and papers on this topic out there, a key point is that the benefits of these transfers extend well beyond the actual individual recipient of the transfer.
I just got back from two weeks visiting a bunch of ongoing projects in Africa. During the trip, the issue of community entry came up again.
I recently had a chance to read Rachel Glennester and Kudzai Takavarasha's (hereafter G&T) new book, Running Randomized Evaluations. It's got a lot to offer a bunch of different people.
I was at a workshop last week where I was moderating a discussion of the practicalities of doing impact evaluations in conflict and post-conflict settings. One of the program-implementation folks made clear that working with the impact evaluation was a strain -- as she put it this "was pulling our field staff through a keyhole". Which got me thinking about the costs that we, as impact evaluators, can cause for a program.