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Weekly links July 10: another home for short papers, python ML in Stata, remote surveying, and more…

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·       The Economic Journal has joined the set of journals taking short papers in the AER Insights type format (less than 6,000 words, 5 exhibits).

·       Who is publishing in the AER Insights? Academic Sequitur reports that 66% of authors in the AER insights have previously published in a top 5 journal, the highest among non-solicited non-top 5 journals.  Also interesting to see how high this percentage is for the relatively new Annual Review of Economics (where it is over 80%).

·       A couple of recent blog posts from J-PAL address issues with remote surveying. The first lists in-depth phone survey resources spanning topics such as: budgeting, remote trainings, and quality assurance best practices. The second discusses Considerations for collecting electronic signatures.

·       Michael Droste has written a set of Stata modules pylearn that use the new python integration in Stata 16 to allow you to run several supervised machine learning algorithms in python directly through Stata.

·       Navigating the COVID-19 Evidence Jungle: DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation, has a blog post that reports on their attempts to navigate all the emerging evidence out there, with links to resources they have found particularly useful.

·       Job opportunity: The World Bank Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice seeks an extended term consultant to be a Project Coordinator to provide technical and logistics support for the implementation of a new project to Strengthen M&E of Smart Specialization Programs in Europe – the position is based in Brussels, and largely focused on impact evaluation and monitoring. More details and a link to apply.


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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