Politicians have erroneous belief about citizen preferences. When you give them the correct information, they change their behavior.

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In Gaile Parkin's novel Baking Cakes in Kigali, two women living in Kigali, Rwanda – Angel and Sophie – argue over the salary paid to a development worker: "Perhaps these big…

David Evans |

This is the fifteenth in our series of job market posts this year.    For better or for worse, social norms have profound influence on many of the decisions we make—from political to personal.…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Much work remains to be done to ensure reliable electricity access for Africa's citizens. A number of complications are making it difficult to achieve this UN Sustainable Development Goal.…

Charles Feinstein |

I was recently at the GW conference on the economics & political economy of Africa where I saw an interesting paper by Richard Akresh, Emilie Bagby, Damien de Walque, and Harounan Kazianga on…

Markus Goldstein |

  "I am happy with my new electricity connection—I pay less to the utility now than what I paid someone who sold me power before, " said a woman I met recently in Anono, a low-income…

Meike van Ginneken |

After seeing PowerPoint slides of the preliminary findings over the course of more than a year, it’s nice to be able to report that the six-country study that is evaluating the “ultra-poor…

Berk Özler |

Driving across the Danish countryside, they cannot be missed: towering white wind turbines as far as the eye can see, their slow-turning blades providing a 21st century counterpoint against the…

Nicholas Keyes |

This is the fifteenth post in our series by students on the job market this year The main theme of my job market paper can be summed in a comment that a farmer made during my primary data…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the thirteenth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year. A standard result in industrial organization is that competition increases consumer welfare by incentivizing…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |