2. Removing Institutional Constraints
Following the World Development Report (2012), we discuss policies that can change the price of schooling under three categories: (i) direct costs; (ii) indirect costs; and (iii) opportunity costs.
- In VoxEU, Chris Woodruff and I summarize our new work showing that business practices matter for even very small firms in developing countries
- Effective adult education is difficult to accomplish all over the world.
- Quality of education is a problem across many countries in Africa at all levels (primary, secondary, tertiary, adult).
Over the summer I’ve been slowly working my way through the new book Causal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences: An Introduction by Guido Imbens and Don Rubin. It is an introduction in the sense that it is 600 pages and still doesn’t have room for difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity, synthetic controls, power calculations, dealing with attrition, dealing with multiple time periods, treatment spillovers, or many other topics in causal inference (they promise a volume 2). But not an introduction in that it is graduate level and I imagine would be very confusing if you had no previous exposure to causal inference. So I thought I’d share some thoughts on this book for our readers.
- Freakonomics podcast transcript covering Chris Blattman’s work on giving grants and cognitive behavioral therapy to men in Liberia, as well as related work in the US and UK
- On the CGD blog, the political paradox of cash transfers