Politicians, donors, celebrities, and researchers alike have all made the case for investments in girls’ education. But despite the evidence and the advocacy, women still have less education than men in two-thirds of the world’s countries.
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The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: Aligning Early Childhood Development & Gender Equality Research and Practice
Thanks to many of you who joined us in person and online to hear about the latest research linking ECD and gender equality. For those not able to make it, not to worry! We’ve captured the highlights below.
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer just won the Nobel Prize in economics. Pamela Jakiela explains why that's a big deal.
What do the data tell us about gender gaps in education, and where we should be focusing our research, policy, and programmatic efforts to address gender inequality?
By my count, social scientists have now run experiments measuring individual preferences in over 100 countries.
Like many development economists, anthropologists organize their own data collection activities and spend a considerable amount of time “in the field.” But unlike economists, anthropologists often manage to present their findings in accessible, largely jargon-free prose that ordinary human beings might read voluntarily.
On Tuesday, the World Bank announced the launch of a new database to characterize the quality and composition of the public sector in 115 countries. At this point, you might be thinking: “Who decided that we needed another country-level index?” Fear not!
It is now abundantly clear that aid money will provide only a fraction of the resources needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. That realization came early on, and it was a central theme of the Addis Financing for Development conference of 2015, held before the SDGs were even signed.
Measuring empowerment is a perennial challenge for those of us evaluating programs targeting women. Last Wednesday’s launch of J-PAL’s new Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Impact Evaluations at CGD was an exciting opportunity be inspired by impact evaluation powerhouse Rachel Glennerster, the former Executive Director of J-PAL and current Chief Economist at DFID, while simultaneously getting a bit discouraged about the quality of existing quantitative measures of empowerment. Here are a few takeaways for economists doing impact evaluations.