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 |

This is the second in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Each evening the sun sets more than 90 minutes later in west India than in the east of the country. This…

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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 |

Money matters in education. Recent evidence from the United States shows that increased education spending results in more completed years of schooling and higher subsequent wages for adults.…

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 |

This is the seventh in our series of posts by Ph.D. students on the job market this year The tripling of area planted with tropical oil crops since the 1990s represents the largest transformation…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the fourth in our series of job market posts this year.   Research from numerous corners of psychology suggests that self-assessments of skill and character are often flawed in substantive…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

When we want to target a poor population for an anti-poverty program, we first need to figure out who is actually poor.    This isn’t straightforward – there are a range of potential targeting…

Markus Goldstein |

Like a growing number of development economists, I am now convinced of a simple truth about our understanding of economic development: hope is underrated.   Indeed the importance of hope and…

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