(Dev Eng) published its
this month, as reported by
. The issue includes articles co-authored by multiple CEGA affiliates, including an introduction that discusses the complex role of
technology in economic development
. Dev Eng is an open access, interdisciplinary journal for research on innovative technologies that are improving welfare in developing countries, as well as novel measurement tools that increase the integrity of development data.
Building Inclusive and Effective Institutions: What Works and Why?
On April 13-14, CEGA convened a workshop
with representatives from 17 developing country governments, as part of its new
Economic Development and Institutions
initiative. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, EDI's mission is to identify strategies that support the development of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions. The workshop was led by CEGA affiliates
Ernesto Dal Bo
(UC Berkeley) and has yielded more than a dozen new partnerships between researchers and policy-makers. EDI will now begin building a portfolio of RCTs, through a series of competitions designed to source innovative new ideas.
CEGA Research Featured in IPA's Goldilocks Toolkit
Are you harnessing new technologies for program monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? CEGA, along with
Innovations for Poverty Action
, has just released the
, an online resource for development organizations. Through
on more than a dozen non-profits and social businesses, Goldilocks demonstrates how to build "right fit" systems to track the performance and impact of development programs. CEGA has contributed a series of technology scans to the toolkit, describing how
are increasingly used for M&E.
Make it Rain: Insights from 10 RCTs on Weather Index Insurance
Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI)
new policy bulletin
synthesizing rigorous evidence about the take up and impacts of weather index insurance, a tool to address income risks faced by smallholder farmers. While the insurance is designed to protect farmers against losses from extreme weather (and therefore encourage investment in farms), randomized evaluations in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have shown low demand for these products at market prices, suggesting the need for alternative approaches.
Launching Energy for Economic Growth
CEGA Welcomes New Affiliates
|Several new faculty affiliates have recently joined CEGA: Beatriz Magaloni-Kerpel (Stanford), Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (UC Berkeley), Bruce Wydick (University of San Francisco), Ganesh Iyer (UC Berkeley), Rachel Heath (University of Washington), and Susan Hyde (UC Berkeley). These researchers bring new expertise in labor economics, poverty reduction, democracy promotion, marketing science, and political economy.
IN THE NEWS
Remote Sensing: A New Way To Detect Poverty
New kinds of data - from satellite imagery, mobile phones, and other remote sensing innovations - are changing the way we combat poverty around the world.
The New York Times
recently featured CEGA affiliates' use of machine learning to generate insights that improve the design of anti-poverty programs.
Rural Electric Power Project (REPP) covered in ASME Demand
The latest edition of
highlights the Rural Electric Power Project
(REPP), a study led by CEGA affiliates
. The project rigorously measures the socioeconomic impacts of electrification in Kenya. By tracing demand for electricity among low-income households, the project is also informing Kenya's power utility pricing and government subsidy rates across the country.
What Are the Economic and Social Consequences of Climate Change?
How to Convince Someone to Care About Climate Change
While scientists have made great strides in understanding the physical and biological dimensions of climate change, a missing link is emerging:
what are the economic and social consequences of climate change?
and co-authors argue in a new
paper that relatively low funding for social science research has contributed to a knowledge gap about what climate change means for human society. This can render the large advances in natural science less useful than they could be for policymakers. The paper highlights key research questions with the greatest potential to close that gap.
For Your Reconsideration
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)
Prize recipients Joshua Kalla, David Broockman, and Peter Aronow tried (but failed) to replicate a study of political canvassing and its impact on attitudes towards same sex marriage. The study was subsequently retracted, but Kalla and Broockman have carried on, publishing a very transparent study of the effect of canvassing on transphobia. Published in
and reported on
This American Life
, the new study finds that 10 minute conversations with voters can drastically reduce transphobic attitudes, with effects persisting for as long as three months.
Behavioraleconomics.com Blog Features BERI
A piece written by CEGA affiliate
Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative
staff was published on the blog for
, an educational and networking site for academics and others interested in behavioral economics (BE). The blog post stresses that while behavioral economics is gaining traction in the field of international development, there is still too little research on the application of BE tools to problems in Family Planning/Reproductive Health.
co-authored by 2014 Levin Family Fellow
found that people may be more motivated to act on climate change if they believe it to be a collective issue, suggesting that current messaging to convince individuals to adopt an attitude of personal responsibility may be ineffective in encouraging action.
Fintech for Global Development
On May 9, CEGA held its annual
Evidence to Action (E2A)
symposium with a focus on
"Fintech for Global Development."
at Google's San Francisco offices, E2A showcased the work of CEGA affiliates and their partners to assess the role of financial technology in promoting inclusive economic growth. The event featured a number of high-level speakers from fintech companies and startups.
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 BITSS Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes
BITSS is now accepting nominations for the
2016 Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science
. Consisting of 2 prize categories, the competition awards young scholars engaged in projects that advance the open science movement or adopt transparent research practices and faculty who have developed and integrated transparency curricula into their courses.
Interested in Research Transparency? BITSS Online Course Videos Now Available
BITSS now offers
online training videos
on topics such as publication bias, pre-registration and pre-analysis plans, replication, data visualization, and more!
We are expanding our team with openings for the following full-time positions: Global Networks Program Manager