- The impact of paying people direct into bank accounts instead of via cash – VoxEU on a new RCT in India.
- What you need to design an impact evaluation – The IDB blog highlights the different content to be found on their new IE portal.
- How looking at heterogeneous treatment effects and getting long-term data fundamentally changed how the results of an important impact evaluation are viewed – the Moving to Opportunity experiment reconsidered (part 1 and part 2)
- If the key result of your model or field experiment is ‘higher wages lead to better performance’, you’re not invited
- Marc Bellemare on the infamous rainfall instrument and whether it is really doing what you think it does
The guest post is authored by Ken Leonard
Intrinsic motivation is regularly promoted both as nostrum and portent in conversations about workers in service industries like education and health care. On the one hand, why do we have to focus so much on incentives: aren’t people in the service industry intrinsically motivated to do their job? And on the other, if we focus so much on incentives, aren’t we going demotivate those who are intrinsically motivated?
However, economists and policy makers in the health and education fields are often relying on imperfect definitions of intrinsic motivation.
- The Growth Economics blog hits hard with “there’s more to life to manufacturing”, among other things, making the point that even the way we code industries and occupations is heavily biased towards manufacturing and misses most of the action taking part in services growth.
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We are currently conducting a study and survey on how development economics is taught in developing countries and would love your help getting the word out and/or participating.
Our survey is meant to be a stocktaking and study of whether and how developing economics is taught as part of an economics course in developing countries. We are focusing on undergraduate and masters level classes.
The aim is to use this to understand the following questions:
- teaching development
- On the IGC blog, Steve Anderson MacDonald blogs about his impressive results from a business training program teaching marketing skills in South Africa.
- Martin Ravallion has a new paper “The World Bank: Why it is still needed and why it still disappoints”
- From VoxEU- how immigrants and job mobility help low income workers – Mette Foged and Giovanni Peri uses the exogenous variation induced by a refugee policy in Denmark - refugee-country immigrants spurred significant occupational mobility of natives and increased their specialisation into complex jobs
- Nicolae Naumof blogs on the important role of ambiguity and lack thereof in explaining when behavioral science phenomena will occur “Most of the times, people rely on contextual cues only if there isn’t clarity regarding the issue at hand. For example, anchoring works because people don’t know the exact value that has to be estimated… if we ask an illiterate five-year-old child from East Africa in what year did WWII end, then providing anchors will strongly influence the child’s answer (that is unless he simply says “I don’t know”). However, if we ask WWII veterans the same question, then providing anchors will have zero effect. Moreover, the veterans will be offended by the lack of knowledge of the people asking the question.”