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Submitted by BD on

Finally you tackle this issue. But let me be very blunt: does the World Bank have a working, compulsory Institutional Review Board for interventions it sponsors, or at least for those its researchers carry out? This is a real, not rethorical question. If not, it would be interesting to know why it has not been setup.
I've conducted experiments from major US universities and we had a tough time but VERY good and relevant feedback from our IRB. I have been evaluating proposals for funding agencies and I've been shocked by some of these proposals by international organizations (not by WB teams to be fair) which would have had zero chance to be approved by an ethical board in any major US university. Perhaps the AEA could have an ad hoc committee for institutions lacking a board.