As one of our Development Impact bloggers got married this past weekend, I took some time to look at the recent literature on marriage and what happens afterwards.
- Rohini Pande and Charity Moore on the puzzle of why India’s women are working less with development, not more – they call for gender quotas in the labor market.
This list is a companion to our curated list on technical topics. It puts together our posts on issues of measurement, survey design, sampling, survey checks, managing survey teams, reducing attrition, and all the behind-the-scenes work needed to get the data needed for impact evaluations.
This is a curated list of our technical postings, to serve as a one-stop shop for your technical reading. I’ve focused here on our posts on methodological issues in impact evaluation – we also have a whole lot of posts on how to conduct surveys and measure certain concepts that I’ll leave for another time. Updated August 20, 2015.
- Nature covers the rise of randomized experiments in development economics
- In VoxEU, Sebastian Galiani and co-authors summarize an experiment in Colombia which, like several other recent experiments, finds reducing the fixed costs to formalization does not do much in terms of getting informal firms to formalize.
- Andrew Gelman on reasons not to trust papers using Mechanical Turk
- Vox covers the difficulty in knowing whether policies work with a description of a study which got the public to guess which programs work or not, and found they do little better than chance – and a tough 10-question quiz where you can see how well you can guess whether U.S. programs work or not.