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Friday links January 4: testing teachers, HIV testing lotteries, french firms with 49 workers, and more...

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·         Call for Papers – 6th international conference on Migration and Development – to be held in Morocco May 18-19 – papers due end of January.

·         Made any New Year’s resolutions? Ray Fisman at Slate discusses what behavioral economics has to teach us about how to make resolutions and how to keep them.

·         The impact of regulations on French businesses – Casey Mulligan discusses work on why there are so many French businesses with 49 workers.

·         The Nudgy State- Foreign Policy covers how governments are using behavioral economics. Of most interest to our readers may be the last page, discussing efforts in South Africa, and controversy over a “nudge” which puts anyone who gets tested for HIV into a draw for cash prizes.

·         Tim Taylor discusses a new paper in the AER which shows the (positive) impact of classroom evaluation of K-12 teachers on student learning


Submitted by Jens Kristoffersen on
Hi, How is it possible to link Aid effectiveness up to impact on the MDG by using the data provide by The World Bank? E.g. Aid effectiveness is the impact that aid has in reducing poverty and inequality, increasing growth, building capacity, and accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals set by the international community. Indicators here cover aid received as well as progress in reducing poverty and improving education, health, and other measures of human welfare. How is it possible to prove [statistically] that it is because of aid that there has been an impact? Just by looking at the data on e.g. education?

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