Here is a selection of some of the things that caught my attention while we were on August break:
· Simon Heβ put up an , covering issues like how to implement with diff-in-diff, and with multiple treatments. See our for more on this command.
On the Stata blog
· on questions about what editors are looking for when you send your paper to a top general journal.
· On the IDB Invest blog . They allocated 2,400 microenterprises into control, traditional training, and rules of thumb, and find no effect of traditional training, but that the rules of thumb increased sales by 7% and profits by 8%, with gains a bit larger in percentage terms for women.
· A . What I particularly liked was they talk multiple times with Tedros Kesete, one of the field team, and show the tough work of trying to track down households, and discuss the challenges of getting the control group to continue participating.
· – Stanford PhD students Odyssia Ng and Solene Delecourt offer a window into the messy process behind implementing a field experiment, discussing their work setting up a firm to test various explanations for the gender gap in profits. See from earlier this year for more on this type of experiment.
· The . Keesler Welch blogs about this change on the J-PAL blog – the main thing is that DOIs don’t change, whereas URLs can. It also allows one to make clear exactly what version of the registry entry a paper is referring to.
· – Raul Pacheco-Vega offers advice for how to get started writing research.
· – nice set of lecture notes by Michael Koelle.
· On Let’s Talk Development, interviews government counterparts and implementation partners in an ongoing impact evaluation in an Ethiopian industrial park. “What can researchers do to make their research more useful? Hayat (the implementation partner): The most important thing would be to produce data analysis and policy and program-specific papers throughout the course of the project, rather than waiting until the endline.”
· Banerjee and Olken are offering an online class on political economy and economic development as part of the MITx MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. Classes started this week and you can register up to October 4th.