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    Sep
    2012

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    a small sample size can also yield useful results

    If you are interested in water and sanitation issues, you should check out our publications. Did you know that Mexicans consume almost 5 times as much bottled water as Americans do, per person?

    Small is beautiful? A recent evaluation of a major UK government funded Community Driven Reconstruction Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo had the biggest sample ever: 1.8 million people in the treatment group. That is mind-boggling, even in a developed country. But a small sample size can also yield useful results.

    Exhibit 1. One Facebook “like” can influence the voting behavior of millions. Exhibit 2. Twitter fans can steer TV shows . Exhibit 3. Schools use Facebook Timeline for history lessons

    Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them says Owen Barder in his excellent series of blogs on complexity and development

    Management matters, a lot

    Dilemmas. With £500 you can hire a £50,000 car but with £1 you cannot hire a £50 car seat.

    Just when you thought that you survey questionnaire is fool proof, a magician can always do better

    The reading list that reflects a loss of faith in Capitalism. And if you want to read Economic Fables, the Book of the Year according to the Enlightened Economist, you should also visit this site

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