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Friday links: More cash less STIs, more advice on grants, the difficulties of microenterprise growth and more...

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·         People behave more generously in dictator games when there is a white foreigner observing – evidence from Sierra Leone.

·         Part II of David’s interview with Tim Ogden at Philanthropy Action discusses the difficulties of trying to measure microenterprise growth.

·         Does your inner monologue have an accent? A clever approach to measuring this. (HT Betsy Levy Paluck)

·         As a follow-up to David’s Monday post on grant applications, Nature has an article this week with a lot of relevant advice that extends beyond the sciences.

·         The Guardian covers a new paper by Berk and co-authors in the Lancet which examines the impacts of cash transfers on HIV and Herpes prevalence amongst school-aged girls in Malawi. The Economist weighs in here.

·         Julian Jamison covers his new experiment in Tanzania  (with Damien de Walque of the World Bank also among the 19! coauthors) which gives conditional cash transfers to youth, with payments conditional on not testing positive for Sexually transmitted infections. There is also an interesting methodological discussion about whether one should report p-values in testing baseline balance in an experiment.


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Berk Özler

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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