Blog links November 15: Migration, consumer protection, wired, and more…
Call for papers for my favorite migration conference – the 7th AFD-CGD-World Bank Migration and Development Conference, to take place at IMI Oxford on June 30 - July 1, 2014.
Lant Pritchett on the CGD blog asks where RCTs are in the hype cycle , and how do we move to the right point of this cycle: “I think there is little question that randomized techniques were underutilized in development practice and research in 1993. I also think there is little question that in 2013 RCTs are now in an overvaluation bubble and nearing the Peak of Inflated Expectations”
The Impact of Consumer Protection in the US – Neale Mahoney uses 10 terabytes of data on 180 million credit cards to look at what happens when consumers are nudged to make higher than the minimum payment, and credit card companies face restrictions on charging late fees.
Michael Clemens blogs on the CGD blog about two guest worker programs that are actually working
Wired magazine discusses randomized trials in development : “The first thing you need to know about randomized controlled trials, especially those pertaining to economics and human behavior, is that they’re hard—very hard.”…
A new website dedicated to migration in the Gulf States has data on this important, but difficult to find information about, migration stream: 99.1% of private sector employment in Qatar are non-nationals, as are 95.4% in Kuwait and 78% in Saudi Arabia!
Reminder, we are doing our job market paper series again if you missed yesterday’s announcement.