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A word cloud of the most commonly used words in the titles of Esther Duflu's research papers and other publications.

A Quick Guide to 100+ Publications by Economics Nobel Winner Esther Duflo

Two weeks ago, Esther Duflo won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences<, together with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” In the blog post below, you’ll find a quick introduction to more than a hundred of her research publications, including research articles, policy articles summarizing research, book chapters, book reviews, comments on others’ research, and books.

Rwanda Teacher Pay-for-Performance

Attracting the Right Teachers in Rwanda and Four Other New Findings in Global Education

Paying teachers for performance may have very different effects on the effort that current teachers put in and on the kinds of people that choose to become teachers. In a novel experiment by Leaver and others in Rwanda, advertisements in some randomly selected communities offered candidates pay-for-performance contracts, and ads in other communities offered standard, fixed-wage contracts. 

Word cloud of paper titles from RISE conference

30 New Findings in Global Education: RISE Conference 2019

Last week, RISE held its annual conference, which economist Karthik Muralidharan has dubbed “the top conference on education in developing countries in the world.” Over the course of two days, researchers presented over 30 new findings on education systems. If you want a quick taste of this year’s research highlights, read on!

Chart showing the effect of one additional year of schooling on test scores in Peru and Vietnam

Do Your Students Have a Growth Mindset? And Four Other New Findings in Global Education

One intervention to improve students’ performance sought to show them that with hard work, they can “grow” their intelligence, just like athletes can grow their muscles. The result? No impact: no impact on student effort, no impact on student test scores, no impact on dropout rates, no impact on repetition rates, and no impact on plans to continue studying after high school. 

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