This is our last post of the year, so happy holidays to all our readers. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our job market series, and good luck to those on the job market. We will resume again in early January. In the meantime, here is some holiday reading:
- How much does interviewing with bystanders around affect survey responses? The inaugural blog post from Kantar public Africa and Middle East reports that i) bystanders are present in about half the cases. Bystanders are mostly non-family and extended family members, such as neighbours, domestic staff, but also children - not the spouse. Ii) bystander presence has little effect on non-sensitive question responses, but do for some sensitive questions; iii) the presence of the husband or wife can sometimes improve accuracy.
- From the IDB Development that works blog – a program in Bolivia manages to reduce malnutrition, but made the kids overweight instead.
- Profile of Leonard Wantchekon in the IMF’s Finance and Development- how his prison break paid off big time.
- Profile of our own Dave Evans on page 28 of the BYU Economics Magazine
- Marc Bellemare on how to test for causal mechanisms (based on a paper in the American Political Science Review).
- From Evidence to Policy note summarizing Jishnu Das and co-authors’ work on report cards on student and school performance in Pakistan
- Job openings: several field coordinator positions with DIME
- development impact links