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Weekly links June 23: VoxDev launches, uncountable Nigerians, a challenge to prospect theory, and more…

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Weekly links June 16: why women earn less, teaching fintech, now class size doesn’t matter, and more…

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  • Women in Economics at Berkeley has a great summer reading list of recent papers which look at the gender earnings gap in different ways, including short summaries of some very recently published papers in the AER, QJE, and JPE on this issue.
  • The NYTimes on how business schools are trying to teach fintech, although with no agreement on what this means or how to do it.

Weekly links June 9: the dangers of out-dangering, debating how to provide health care for the poor, fighting corruption, and more…

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  • Milli Lake and Sarah Parkinson on the ethics of fieldwork preparedness – “It’s one of the discipline’s worst kept secrets that graduate students, in particular, feel practically unprepared for their fieldwork… We worry about an intellectual trend that increasingly rewards researchers for “out-dangering” one another (often with dubious scholarly gain). This doesn’t mean scholars should abandon fieldwork; it means that we should take the practical and ethical components of its planning and implementation more seriously. We can start by asking simple questions about first aid, check-ins, transport safety, and data protection”

Weekly links June 2: do you need to correct your p-values for all the tests you run in your life?, nimble RCTs, the elusive entrepreneur, and more…

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Weekly links May 26: the Chetty production function, collect priors before you work, small samples bring trouble, and more…

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Weekly links May 19: another list experiment, P&P highlights, government nudges, and more…

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  • The papers and proceedings issue of the AER has several papers of interest to development economists, including:
    • Esther Duflo’s lecture of “The Economist as Plumber” – “details that we as economists might consider relatively uninteresting are in fact extraordinarily important in determining the final impact of a policy or a regulation, while some of the theoretical issues we worry about most may not be that relevant”…” an economist who cares about the details of policy implementation will need to pay attention to many details and complications, some of which may appear to be far below their pay grade (e.g., the font size on posters) or far beyond their competence level (e.g., the intricacy of government budgeting in a federal system).”
    • Sandip Sukhtankar has a paper on replications in development economics, part of two sessions on replication in economics.
    • Shimeles et al. on tax auditing and tax compliance experiments in Ethiopia: “Businesses subject to threats increased their profit tax payable by 38 percent, while those that received a persuasion letter increased by 32 percent, compared to the control group.”
    • 4 papers on maternal and child health in developing countries (Uganda, Kenya, India, Zambia).
  • Following up on Berk’s post on list experiments, 538 provides another example, using list experiments to identify how many Americans are atheists.
  • The Economist on how governments are using nudges – with both developed and developing country examples.
  • The equivalent to an EGOT for economists? Dave and Markus have come up with the EJAQ or REJAQ for economists who have published in all the top-4 or top-5 journals.
  • Call for papers: TCD/LSE/CEPR conference on Development economics to be held at Trinity College, Dublin on September 18-19. Imran Rasul and I are keynote speakers.

Weekly links May 12: the ‘stans, how publishing might hurt you, list experiment discussion, and more…

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Weekly links May 5: an econometrics bonanza, charter schools, Chinese inequality, and more…

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Weekly links April 28: how many qual interviews are needed, enterprise-academic collaboration, work for me, and more…

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Weekly links April 21: hostile attitudes to random assignment, scaling up, we make it easier to search the blog, contagious exercise, and more…

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