The case for open policy analysis

A new BITSS Preprint authored by Catalyst Sean Grant, postdoc Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, and CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel makes the case for the use of transparent, open, and reproducible research in public policy analysis.

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CEGA Releases March 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features new CEGA blog content, ATAI announcing five new evaluations, a recent Impact Evaluation training in Uganda, along with recaps of the recent AI for Economic Development event, PacDev 2018, and the O-Lab's Revolutionizing Data for public good event.

More new content on the CEGA Blog
Last month, the CEGA blog featured female labor force participationtakeaways from our recent AI for public good event, and research on loans for maize storage. Stay tuned for more riveting reading material!

ATAI announces five new evaluations
Smallholder farming is the most common occupation for people living under US $2 a day--how can we improve their wellbeing? The Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) recently awarded $1M to research teams to study contract farming schemes in Ghana and Kenyaoutput markets in Ugandasupply chains in Niger, and labor markets in Tanzania.

Can satellites accurately measure crop yields?
Devex recently featured research by CEGA affiliates David Lobelland Marshall Burke comparing satellite estimates of maize yields to traditional survey data in Uganda. They found that high-resolution remote sensing could predict farmer productivity almost as accurately as surveys (read their new working paper to learn more).

The shortcomings of rural electrification
CEGA affiliate Catherine Wolfram and colleagues challenge the widely-held belief that access to electricity helps lift households out of poverty. Their randomized experiment in Western Kenya found no difference between treatment and control households in terms of educational, health, and economic outcomes, suggesting that "electrifying poor, rural households may not be the essential key [to poverty alleviation] that we once thought it was."