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 first in this year’s series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Reminder that submissions close this Wednesday at noon.   Good political institutions are thought to be…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

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 |

I recently read an interesting paper by David Atkin, Amit Khandewal and Adam Osman that looks at not only an intervention to get firms to export, but also the mechanism by which exporting helps…

Markus Goldstein |

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 |

This is the twelfth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In the closing scene of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Police Commissioner Gordon tells his son that Batman is “the hero Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now” (video). This…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

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 |