CEGA's 2017-2018 Annual Report

In the last year we've gone through a complete re-branding, had a leadership transition, hosted dozens of events, given out $5+ million in research grants, and more. Click through to learn more.

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CEGA Releases December 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features details about our flagship program ATAI being renewed, research about discrimination against female leaders in Ethiopia and using RCTs to estimate long-run impacts, the BITSS Annual Meeting and Forecasting event, and CEGA opportunities.

The Psychological Effects of the Financial Crisis
CEGA affiliate Ulrike Malmendier was interviewed for NPR’s Planet Money podcast about whether there are lingering effects of the financial crisis of 2008. Malmendier’s insights stem from herresearch on the effects that macroeconomic shocks can have on generations of people, leading them to be more risk-averse after instances like the 2008 financial crisis.

A Human-Centric Approach to Data Science
CEGA affiliate Josh Blumenstock recently published a piece for Nature discussing the promise and pitfalls of big data in global development. He explains that while information from satellites, mobile phones and other sources hold great promise for improving delivery of social services in low income countries, data-enabled applications must account for the hardships and constraints unique to each local context and pay more attention to the people behind the numbers.

Featured CEGA Research: Cash Benchmarking USAID Programs in Rwanda
The results of a USAID-funded study comparing the impact of unconditional cash transfers to an integrated nutrition and WASH program in Rwanda is fueling a larger debate about cost effectiveness. The New York TimesVox Media, and WIRED covered the results of the study last week, while authors Craig McIntosh and Andrew Zeitlin provided their take on the World Bank's Development Impact Blog

Featured CEGA Research: Skill versus Voice in Local Development 
CEGA affiliate Kate Casey, CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel, and coauthors released a new working paper examining decision-making for local development in Sierra Leone. As reported by the Stanford Business School, results indicate that including high-skilled community members in aid projects proved a high-impact, low-cost way to catalyze development in underserved regions.

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