Freakonomics hits northern Uganda

The actual randomization reminded me of the children’s game Duck, Duck, Goose. The local leaders and several AVSI employees walked in a circle, plucking pieces of paper from a large wastebasket and dropping them into the “Phase I” and “Phase II” cans. People chuckled when their turn came, slightly self-conscious at the simplicity of their task.

That is Dwyer Gunn of the Freakonomics blog reporting on our latest field experiment in Uganda: tracing the determinants of entrepreneurship and post-war recovery with women in Uganda.

Dwyer joined me and colleagues for a week of behavioral games and frantic program planning in June. Her first day in Africa was highly appropriate: broken down roadside for eight hours as we struggled to get her up north.

Being tailed by a reporter was a first for me. After each inadvertant inappropriate comment (of which there were many) I wheeled around to see whether she was poised with pen in hand. Fortunately none of the disparaging remrks I made about unnamed NGOs made it into the New York Times’ blog…

The full article is here.

One thought on “Freakonomics hits northern Uganda

  1. Hello Chris,

    I’m curious to know what your opinion is on this book which hasn’t been released in full to the public yet.

    Thanks for posting. it is nice to know what is going on the field on a regular basis instead of it being kept privately in academia so often.