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Research in this area at IFS is committed to identifying success and failures in interventions and to promoting best practice in evaluating and conducting interventions. In particular, the Centre will be a focal point for research on the impact of specific interventions in health, nutrition, skill acquisition, education, credit, insurance and labour. It will conduct evaluations of specific interventions in developing countries, provide support to institutions conducting evaluations, engage in advocacy on best practice in terms of evaluations and on the design of interventions itself.

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Year: 151 publications
12 June 2013
W13/12
Sule Alan, Nazli Baydar, Teodora Boneva, Thomas F Crossley and Seda Ertac
We study the transmission of risk attititudes in a unique survey of mothers and children in which both participated in an incentivised risk preference elicitation task.
03 June 2013
We set out some basic principles for thinking about the key features of a good tax system and sound tax reforms in middle income countries.
20 September 2012
W12/16
Costas Meghir, Renata Narita and Jean-Marc Robin
This paper analyses the impact of informality on growth and wages in developing countries.
19 September 2012
W12/15
Britta Augsburg, Ralph De Haas, Heike Harmgart and Costas Meghir
We use an RCT to analyze the impact of microcredit on poverty reduction, child and teenage labour supply, and education in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
14 September 2012
Britta Augsburg, Ralph De Haas, Heike Harmgart and Costas Meghir
This working paper uses a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to analyse the impact of microcredit on poverty reduction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
01 September 2012
Paul Gertler, Harry Patrinos and Marta Rubio Codina
Article published in the Journal of Development Economics, 99(1):68-79
05 July 2012

This presentation was given at the fifth ESRC Research Methods Festival at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, on 3 July 2012.

What Is? sessions are designed to provide an introduction to a range of research methods and related methodological issues.

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Impact on Society
IFS research has contributed to consultation with governments in developing countries on the design of health and welfare programmes.
IFS researchers develop a model of the Mexican tax system that will be used by the Mexican Government analysts.
IFS researchers developed a cost-effective intervention to improve child development in Colombia.
IFS researchers and the World Bank plan to develop capacity and tools in developing countries for the comprehensive analysis of tax reforms
Researchers at IFS have advised OPORTUNIDADES on the design and evaluation of new scholarships, and are carrying out its impact evaluation.
This survey was among the first to use PDAs for data collection in rural Africa.
IFS researchers working in Malawi trained interviewers in the use of PDAs, helping to collect more complete and accurate information about people's lives.