This is the nineteenth in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. While sociable peers increase your social skills, higher-achieving peers do not improve your academic…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

During my last trip to Mexico, I bought tamales from a street vendor and paid by card—something that would have been impossible not long ago. The vendor, who had a Bluetooth card reader connected…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the seventh in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Conditional cash transfers (CCTs), cash transfers targeted to poor households made conditional on…

Katy Bergstrom |

Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

In Gaile Parkin's novel Baking Cakes in Kigali, two women living in Kigali, Rwanda – Angel and Sophie – argue over the salary paid to a development worker: "Perhaps these big…

David Evans |

Gonzalo was part of a panel with David McKenzie at a recent meeting of the Impact Evaluation Network (IEN). One of the questions during this discussion was whether there were good examples of…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In a 2009 paper, David McKenzie and coauthors Chris Woodruff and Suresh de Mel find that giving cash grants to male entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka has a positive and significant return, while giving…

Markus Goldstein |

In my very first experiment, Suresh de Mel, Chris Woodruff, and I gave small grants of capital to microenterprises in Sri Lanka. We found that these one-time grants had lasting impacts on firm…

David McKenzie |

This is the fourteenth in our series of job market posts this year.  Despite massive increases in school enrolment in developing countries, learning levels have lagged behind. But the range in…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |