We are delighted that Dave Evans has agreed to be a semi-regular contributor to this blog, agreeing to post about once a month. David is a Senior Economist in the Chief Economist's Office for the Africa region of the World Bank, and coordinates impact evaluation work across sectors in the Africa region.
- For Valentine’s Day: of course there is a literature on this – from PhD comics comes abstracts of real papers such as “Me Do Wu My Val: The Creation of Valentine’s Day in Accra, Ghana”; and “Influence of Valentine’s Day and Halloween on Birth Timing”.
- Cyrus Samii on too much concern about “representativeness” and “generalizability”.
This week I finally got around to learning how to make a graph which displays the means of different treatment groups for a range of outcomes, along with standard error bars to show whether there is a significant difference between groups. Here is an example:
Imagine you are a local policy maker who just read about a new effective social program in another city and you want to determine whether this program would work for your area.
Although, I try to follow the research in my field regardless of where it is conducted, I usually don’t pick studies from the U.S. or other developed countries for discussion in this space. However, when the study involves interventions to improve various outcomes for adolescents, reports some encouraging findings, and may be applicable in the developing world, we can make an exception. So, today’s post is about a study that takes place in a public high school on the south side of Chicago…
- In the Washington Post – Jay Matthews discusses a 10,000 student experiment measuring the value of field trips – conclusion is they encourage critical thinking
I just got back from two weeks visiting a bunch of ongoing projects in Africa. During the trip, the issue of community entry came up again.
Late last year I posted several posts on why we don’t see more work combining industrial organization and development. I just received some thoughts on this question from Jim Levinsohn, Professor of Economics and Management at Yale, and a long-time leader in this area. He kindly agreed to let me share them here:
On why we don’t see more work
- IO meets development