Lots of links this week:
· David Roodman summarizes the new microfinance impact evaluation research at the CGAP blog.
· Capital ways to survive the worst – Tim Harford covers the impact of our randomized grants on tsunami recovery in Sri Lanka.
· A View from the Cave summarizes talks on evaluations of programs to economically empower women.
· Entire issues of the Journal of Economic Perspectives now available for free for your e-readers.
· Another disturbing account of how many experiments in medical science don’t replicate – this time in Nature on pre-clinical cancer trials.
· A call to conduct experiments with how NIH and other funders do research funding in Nature. Ungated version here.
· Child sponsorship works – Bruce Wydick and Paul Glewwe’s paper discussed on the Development Policy blog.
· Treatment effects with binary outcomes – Cyrus Samii summarizes his lecture on this topic – bottom line, OLS is generally fine.
· The Atlantic looks back at one of the classic studies which helped establish the idea that willpower can be depleted – something now in vogue in development economics thanks to poverty trap models by Banerjee and Mullainathan which use this idea.