New Techniques in Development Economics Conference

With my colleagues Chikako Yamauchi and Xin Meng, and thanks to the generous support of AusAID, I’m co-organising an ANU conference on New Techniques in Development Economics on 19-20 June. We have a bevvy of international speakers, and the discussion should be relevant for anyone working on improving our foreign aid programs.

Better policy evaluation also matters for people who are only interested in domestic issues. I was chuffed to see the PM’s injunction last week (“In fostering a culture of policy innovation, we should trial new approaches and policy options through small-scale pilot studies.”). In that spirit, we have papers on the program that are relevant to policymakers in Treasury, Indigenous Affairs, Education, Health, and Immigration. 

Here are a few of the presentations:

  • Paul Gertler – Empowering Women: How Mexico’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program Raised Prenatal Care Quality and Birth Weight
  • Leigh Linden – Conditional Transfers in Education: Design Features, Peer and Sibling Effects – Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Columbia 
  • Steven Stillman – The Impacts of International Migration on Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program
  • Dean Karlan - Put Your Money Where Your Butt Is: A Commitment Savings Account for Smoking Cessation
  • The Economics, Ethics and Politics of Randomised Policy Trials – Roundtable discussion

The full program is here. Oh, and did I mention that registration is free?

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