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  • Reply to: Weekly links January 19: Five hour interviews are fun, no to industrial policy, college mobility, and more…   1 day 7 hours ago

    I agree that the era of "people value their time differently," insofar as it existed, is shifting. It's happening in urban areas & peri-urban areas, in my experience, and among some professions like teachers. My experience with one-person shopkeepers in northern Ghana, though, is that they were pleased enough for the company if the enumerators would wait while they had business. It's probably time for the conversation to get more nuances than national or regional level.

  • Reply to: Weekly links January 19: Five hour interviews are fun, no to industrial policy, college mobility, and more…   2 days 21 hours ago

    The interview with Mark Rosenzweig is interesting; I've also observed (and appreciated) the willingness of households in developing settings to undertake (very) long surveys. However my observations in East Africa and South Asia suggest this may soon (if not already) be coming to an end. Simply put, the opportunity cost of a poor or extremely poor household member to participate in a long survey has historically been low. This cost is increasing. Two reasons for the increased opportunity cost that I have observed are 1) multiple surveys (from the same or different organizations) are increasing survey fatigue and, 2) the relative recent increase in mobile phones and broader network coverage are providing more interesting alternatives to participating in a survey.

  • Reply to: Why Do Harmful Norms Persist? Female Genital Cutting in Burkina Faso: Guest post by Lindsey Novak   1 week 1 day ago

    This makes sense. I could imagine a similar pattern going on for family planning decisions. Also because the individual-household centered interventions seem to work (see Bangladesh).
    What papers are there that rigorously test what works in terms of interventions against FGM?

  • Reply to: Flying on carpets: Learning from exporting   1 week 2 days ago

    That's great paper and great work.
    Thanks aaMarkus lot Markus for this learning opportunity.

  • Reply to: Flying on carpets: Learning from exporting   1 week 2 days ago

    Dear Markus,
    Thank you for this interesting contribution to the age-old debate. One clarification though, if Aid to Artisans successfully identified small firms that "could export but weren't doing so," wouldn't the explanation, by definition, be tilted toward the demand not supply side as Atkin et. al. suggests?