· Essential reading or viewing – take your pick – the Nobel Symposium on Growth and Development was held this week and has the content online. However, once again migration is overlooked in the keys to development discussion.
· Dean Karlan summarizes findings from new experiments on the “graduation model” in microfinance, which aims to take the “ultra-poor” to a stage where they can become regular credit clients.
· Bilal Zia summarizes what we have learned about financial literacy around the world
· Martin Kanz and Leora Klapper discuss an experiment to incentivize Indian bank loan officers to take the right kinds of risks on the All about Finance blog.
· The Stata blog continues its discussion of using its random number generator, discussing how to draw random samples with replacement.
· More ethical randomization? Andrew Gelman discusses a new study which uses adaptive randomization of patients with a utility-based clinical design.
· The CFR Development Channel discusses whether randomized experiments are a good way to evaluate development projects. In light of the recent controversy over the Cochrane Review of deworming, interesting to see this statement: “But the randomistas surely exaggerate our ignorance about the efficacy of the things we do in the name of fighting poverty. We know that de-worming tablets (say) work almost always,” says Martin Ravallion”
· Job opening: DIME is looking for a field coordinator for some health and education impact evaluations in Mozambique. Job details are here.