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Friday links September 7: Nobel symposium, ultrapoor projects, financial literacy, ethical randomization and more...

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·         Essential reading or viewing – take your pick – the Nobel Symposium on Growth and Development was held this week and has the content online. However, once again migration is overlooked in the keys to development discussion.

·         Dean Karlan summarizes findings from new experiments on the “graduation model” in microfinance, which aims to take the “ultra-poor” to a stage where they can become regular credit clients.

·         Bilal Zia summarizes what we have learned about financial literacy around the world

·         Martin Kanz and Leora Klapper discuss an experiment to incentivize Indian bank loan officers to take the right kinds of risks on the All about Finance blog.

·         The Stata blog continues its discussion of using its random number generator, discussing how to draw random samples with replacement.

·         More ethical randomization? Andrew Gelman discusses a new study which uses adaptive randomization of patients with a utility-based clinical design.

·         The CFR Development Channel discusses whether randomized experiments are a good way to evaluate development projects. In light of the recent controversy over the Cochrane Review of deworming, interesting to see this statement: “But the randomistas surely exaggerate our ignorance about the efficacy of the things we do in the name of fighting poverty. We know that de-worming tablets (say) work almost always,” says Martin Ravallion”

·         Job opening: DIME is looking for a field coordinator for some health and education impact evaluations in Mozambique. Job details are here.


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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