Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme
Paul Gertler is the Deputy Research Director of the new Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) applied research programme. Over the course of five years, EEG is exploring how investments in large-scale energy systems—including energy supply, regulation, efficiency, and clean energy technology—contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth. Through a series of rigorous studies, the program will generate a body of evidence to inform energy policy and other high-level decisions being made in the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
New Published Papers
In a new paper in the Journal of Urban Economics, Paul Gertler and co-authors study the upgrading of housing infrastrucures in Latin American slums.
In a new paper in the Journal of Public Economics, researchers evaluate a policy in Taiwan which restricts physician ownership of pharmacies and estimate whether the policy eliminates the incentive for physicians to recommend more medical services than necessary.
In a new paper in the Lancet, Paul Gertler and co-authors discuss key pathways to scale up support for early childhood development.
Now Available: Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook (2nd Edition)
The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is now available. The handbook is a comprehensive introduction to impact evaluation for policymakers and development practitioners. The updated version covers the latest techniques for evaluating programs, with expanded case studies. Complementary online instructional material and course are available here.
New Working Papers
Paul Gertler and co-athors explore the effect of non-contributory pensions on the well-being of the beneficiary population by studying the Pension 65 program in Peru.
Examining the results of a randomized controlled trial in Honduras, researchers show that the substitution of laptops for textbooks did not make a significant difference in student learning and that textbook substitution by laptops may be a cost-effective manner to provide classroom learning content.
Using a randomized field experiment conducted in Argentina, Paul Gertler and co-authors examine a "nudging" mechanism for medical providers to adopt and sustain better quality care practices.