If you knew that your commute was going to be slow and unreliable, and that you were likely to be attacked or sexually harassed, would you choose to work? This is the reality women face every day in many developing countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean women are less likely to have access to a private vehicle and use public transit more often than men. They are also … [Read more...] about Are women with access to safe and fast public transit more likely to be employed and earn more?
Evaluation methods and techniques
How can we create a government culture which produces evidence-based public policy? That is the central question to the latest report by J-PAL (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) “Creating a culture of evidence: lessons from J-PAL partnerships with Latin America.” J-PAL is a think tank co-funded by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, two of the 2019 Nobel Prize of … [Read more...] about 4 recommendations for promoting evidence-based public policy
“Ladies and gentlemen, please observe the following safety recommendations.” We have all heard those words when we are on board an airplane—in fact, many of us could probably recite from memory the cabin instructions from the flight attendant prior to take-off. But beyond that repetitive message, have you ever thought about what is behind those instructions? One thing is … [Read more...] about Risk management in development projects
The standards of what constitutes rigorous research are rising. In a response to what has been called a credibility crisis, entire scientific fields are calling for published research to more closely follow the scientific ideals most scientists learn early in their education. Following suit, the IDB, a leader in the generation of knowledge for Latin America, partnered with the … [Read more...] about Three reasons in favor of transparent, reproducible, and ethical research practices
By Luis Tejerina and Juan Miguel Villa According to the US government, the 2020 census could cost as much as $15.6 billion, or $49 per inhabitant. While in developing countries, according to a study of 77 countries carried out by Development Initiatives, the average cost of conducting a household survey ranges from $1 million to $1.6 million, These initiatives to … [Read more...] about Latin America and the Caribbean should tap into big data to reduce the cost of measuring poverty