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 |

Rainwater harvesting for drip irrigation, Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Photo credit: Wisions.net Everybody depends on it; there is no substitute for it if we run out; in some places, it’s more…

Jonas Jägermeyr |

The Joint Secretariat of High Level Panel on Water and Connect4Climate announced today that the winner of the Instagram Photo Competition — #All4TheGreen Photo4Climate Contest Special Blue Prize…

Water Communications |

In a 2009 paper, David McKenzie and coauthors Chris Woodruff and Suresh de Mel find that giving cash grants to male entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka has a positive and significant return, while giving…

Markus Goldstein |

To understand why innovation in fecal sludge management matters, ask yourself this: In 15 years, when almost 5 billion people are using on-site sanitation, solutions like pit latrines and septic…

Krishna Chaitanya Rao |

In my very first experiment, Suresh de Mel, Chris Woodruff, and I gave small grants of capital to microenterprises in Sri Lanka. We found that these one-time grants had lasting impacts on firm…

David McKenzie |

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 |

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 |