Executive Summaries and Blogs

We've scoured the web to bring you the latest and best of development blogs and posts.

Are there any we're missing? Send us suggestions for blogs, whether in English or another language, by emailing Chrispine at crl2 (at) williams (dot) edu, and we'll put them up!

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Executive Summary: “Women as Policy Makers: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment in India”

This executive summary on JPAL describes an article exploring the effect of a change in gender quotas for village leadership in India.

Executive Summary: “Nudging Farmers to Use Fertilizer: Experimental Evidence from Kenya”

This executive summary on JPAL describes an experiment in which farmers in Kenya were provided with “nudges” to make purchases of fertilizer rather than putting it off suggests that small policy changes to the incentives people face can have outsized impacts.

Executive Summary: “Measuring the Impact of Microfinance in Hyderabad, India”

This executive summary from JPAL provides a synopsis of the microcredit intervention that finds mediocre effects of microcredit, perhaps because loosening credit constraints doesn’t help much if not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur.

Blog: “The Nobel Prize in Economic Science Goes to Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer”

Shortly after the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prizewinners, Alex Tabarrok took to his blog to present a list of his favorite findings and methods by the winners, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer.

Blog: “Kremer’s O-ring theory of economic development”

Economist Jason Collins provides a short analysis of Michael Kremer’s 1993 paper on the “O-ring theory of development,” a suggestion for why development might break down when just one component fails.

New from the Source:

Infrastructure Ideas

  • From Bernard Sheahan of the World Bank, a blog about the newest updates and ideas in the rapidly changing world of infrastructure.
  • Bernie visited the CDE for a CDE seminar in February, 2020.

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En Español

Nada es gratis

Nada es gratis is a Spanish-language blog with some of the most prominent Spanish-speaking economists as regular contributors. They focus a little more on the European situation, but there’s a lot of good general content for the hispanohablantes.