IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.


  • Great links from David McKenzie on the Development Impact blog this week,  including a guide to mobile phone panel survey methods in the developing world.
  • If you want some beach reading this weekend, Vox’s Dylan Matthews had a feature article looking at why well-intentioned Clinton-era welfare reform failed at helping fix poverty, but became a political model for how to shrink a government program. If you’re on the go, there’s also a nice group discussion on The Weeds podcast (or iTunes, the “Welfare Reform” episode).
  • Some other interesting articles, via Rachel Strohm:
  • Paper: Ru & Schoar suggest credit card companies may be screening for behavioral biases, offering the types of cards with more backloaded and hidden fees to less educated consumers, while the types of cards marketed to more educated customers (such as those carrying airline mile rewards), have more straightforward terms (ungated version here).
  • Harvard student Serena Booth found 19 percent of passers-by there let a robot into a locked building, that number went up to 76 percent when the robot was carrying a box of cookies.