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How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from Brazil

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Gautam RaoAssociate Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University, will talk about his new research, which examines whether evidence changes the beliefs and actions of policy makers. His findings show that policy makers do update their beliefs and do make different policy decisions when presented with new evidence. This research is particularly fascinating for anyone working in policy-influencing roles or in think tanks as it provides direct evidence that providing research information to political leaders can lead to policy change.

Lee CrawfurdCGD Senior Research Associate, will respond and provide some insights on evidence-based policy reform from elsewhere in the world.


Susannah HaresSenior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development

Places are limited. To attend in person, please register using the link above. In case of questions regarding this event, please contact Lindsay Ellis at or Hanna Petros at

We hope you will be able to join us.

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