The comparison of poverty rates across two countries, or across regions within a country, is a common occurrence in analysis produced at the World Bank and other development agencies, as well as…

Jed Friedman |

Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

This is the fourteenth in our series of job market posts this year.  Despite massive increases in school enrolment in developing countries, learning levels have lagged behind. But the range in…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the fifth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.   Do people perform better when working with friends or do their friends distract them from doing their job well?…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Public programs are designed on assumptions - nice, tidy, convenient assumptions. Then they hit the real world and very little goes as planned. The culprit, some philosophically inclined would…

Shwetlena Sabarwal, David Evans |

We all know that institutions matter for development.    A really nice new paper by Daron Acemoglu, Tristan Reed and James Robinson shows us how political competition affects a wide range of…

Markus Goldstein |

A few months ago, the first randomized evaluation of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) came out as a working paper (you can find a brief summary by the authors here), after circulating in the…

Berk Özler |

A number of developed countries now have linked employer-employee records, although to date I haven’t seen as many papers doing cool things with such data as I would expect. A new paper in the AEJ…

David McKenzie |