Towards a Psychology of Poverty Traps

One concern that comes with considering depression or aspirational thinking as poverty trap mechanisms is the possibility this opens up for one to blame the poor for the situations in which they find themselves; i.e. it is tempting to shift from considering the poor as trapped by outside constraints (such as market failures) to considering…

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Zombie facts in development that just don’t die – “70% of people living in poverty are women” The problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor Does Truth & Reconciliation Work? Have RCTs Taken Over Development Economics? More than 100 Nobel Laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO opposition The Bad [Theology] of…

Refugees: An Opportunity, Not a Burden

It is World Refugee Day and I’d like to highlight some additional insights from research published since my post last fall. Philippe Legrain, founder of the Open Political Economy Network and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, recently wrote a paper with an important key finding: “Investing one euro in welcoming refugees can…

Summer Update

Blog posts have been fairly sparse lately. A couple major life events have taken place that (to say the least) are way more important than blogging. First, I got married to the love of my life two weekends ago. It was a wonderful weekend filled with friends and family. Second, I defended my MS Thesis and…

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Podcast: Impact Evaluation 101 John Oliver takes on Media Coverage of Scientific Studies Do guns kill people or do people kill people? An Economists Perspective The dismal science has done a dismal job explaining how to help workers hurt by globalization Towards a Survey Methodology ‘Methodology’

Mini-Summaries from MIEDC 2016

A recent trend at nerdy development conferences is for someone to round up and post summaries of the selected papers and presentations. (For example, here is David Evans summarizing the latest CSAE conference.) I think this trend generates a tremendous resource for both folks who were unable to attend the conference or folks who did…