Friday round up: Success against poverty, Research on the Middle East and North Africa, Compliance with the law

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An anti-poverty program tested extensively on three continents has produced sustained gains in individuals’ income, wealth, and well-being.  Read the related paper.
 
The latest Research Digest looks at economic issues in the Middle East and North Africa region.
 
A new study from MIT finds that citizens who do not follow all the laws are engaging in “constructive noncompliance” — acts that are intended to prompt the government to alter its policies, without necessarily challenging its overall status.