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 infrastructures 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
Using a randomized control trial in Brazil, Paul Gertler and co-authors test the hypothesis that economic vulnerability causes citizens to participate in clientelism.
Paul Gertler and co-authors examine why replication is so rare in economics and propose changes to the incentives to replicate.
Paul Gertler and co-authors study the interaction between job and soft skills training on expectations and labor market outcomes in the context of a youth training program in the Dominican Republic.
Paul Gertler and researchers study the effects of providing debit cards to cash transfer beneficiaries on their savings rate and level of trust in financial institutions.