Methods and Measurement

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Full Article: “Incentives Work: Getting Teachers to Come to School”

Esther Duflo, Hanna Rema and Ryan Stephen tried to incentivize teachers to go to class by making the children take a picture with the teacher at the beginning and the end of the day, and found that the intervention had made a difference.

Full Article: “Putting a Band-Aid on a Corpse: Incentives for Nurses in the Indian Public Health Care System”

In this randomized controlled trial, Banerjee, Duflo, and Glennerster attempted to improve attendance in the health care industry by introducing financial incentives. The results started out positive, but the system was eventually thwarted on the ground.

Required Reading: “The Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation”

This article from Banerjee, Duflo, Glennerster and Kinnan adds to the evidence of the sometimes underwhelming effects of microcredit as a way to get people out of poverty. It has been assigned as required reading in the Program Evaluation course, one of the spring CDE electives.

Full Article: “Nudging Farmers to Use Fertilizer: Theory and Experimental Evidence from Kenya”

In this experiment, Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, and Jonathan Robinson investigate why it is that farmers in Kenya don’t use as much fertilizer as they could. They find that small inconveniences might be making a large difference.

News Article: “Worming our Way to the Truth”

A column by Tim Hartford summarizes and responds to the controversy of the “Worm Wars,” a dispute about the relevance and methodology of a 2004 study on deworming children.

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