Seema Jayachandran / India / 2006

A theoretical and empirical paper investigating the responsiveness of wages to productivity risk in agricultural, low-income areas. The author finds that agricultural wages in India, for example, are much more variable than such wages in the US.

Mark Borden / Global / 2006

An article on the release of the Case and Paxson study on height and earnings, and its various reactions.

William Easterly / 2006

From the website: "Today, as then, the Big Push recommendation overlooks the unsolvable information and incentive problems facing any large scale planning exercise. A more promising approach would be to design incentives for aid agents to implement interventions piecemeal whenever they deliver large benefits for the poor relative to costs.

William Easterly / Global / 2006

Current development aid is flawed by paternalism and an inability to react and adapt to real-world, field-level problems.

William Easterly / Global / 2006

Current development aid is flawed by paternalism and an inability to react and adapt to real-world, field-level problems.

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan, Wesley Yin / Philippines / 2006

From the abstract: "We designed a commitment savings product for a Philippine bank and implemented it using a randomized control methodology. The savings product was intended for individuals who want to commit now to restrict access to their savings, and who were sophisticated enough to engage in such a mechanism."

Pratham / India / 2005
Robin Burgess, Rohini Pande / India / 2005

Exploiting a government rule mandating that banks were required to open three branches in non-banked areas for every one they opened in previous markets, the authors find reductions in poverty and improvements in output due to previously unserved areas obtaining a bank branch.

Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson / Global / 2005

Examines the creation and consolidation of different forms of government; in particular, examines the economic drivers of political institutions, the role of conflict, and the importance of political institutions in determining future political power.

Mohammad Ali, Michael Emch, Lorenz von Seidlein, Mohammad Yunus, David A Sack, Malla Rao, Jan Holmgren, and John D Clemens / Bangladesh / 2005

From the abstract: "In addition to providing direct protection to vaccine recipients, killed oral cholera vaccines confer significant herd protection to neighbouring non-vaccinated individuals. Use of these vaccines could have a major effect on the burden of cholera in endemic settings."