This is the seventh in this year’s job market series. Developing countries regularly underperform in their capacity to collect taxes, with tax revenue to GDP ratios that are 20 to 30 percent less…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

“Teacher coaching has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional models of professional development.” In Kraft, Blazar, and Hogan’s newly updated review “The Effect of Teacher Coaching on…

David Evans |

I have worked for a while with different attempts to get informal firms to register their businesses and become formal. We have tried giving them information and actually paying them to formalize…

David McKenzie |

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 |

This post is co-authored with Michael O’Sullivan.   Effective property rights matter for development. And heck, they even got a couple of shout outs in the recently adopted Sustainable Development…

Markus Goldstein |

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 fifth in our series of job market posts this year.  Once known as the “Safe Haven” of Western Africa, because of its long-standing political stability and economic success, Côte d’…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

A new book Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai Project provides a behind-the-scenes look at putting together one of the most impressive data collection projects in development  - Rob…

David McKenzie |

Having stumbled upon this development economics symposium, which took place in DC on Saturday, this paper

Berk Özler |

I’ve been meaning to read for the last month this new paper by Orazio Attanasio and co-authors, which is the latest in the still small number of studies to carry out a randomized experiment to…

David McKenzie |