Dean Karlan

0 The more some donors know, the less they give

Shaking out every dollar. The movement to show impacts for aid programs continues to gain steam within the humanitarian sector. But what about the donors? Will more transparency and information about the impacts of a program affect their giving habits? The answer to that question appears to be sort of…

0 Are second hand clothes actually a problem in Haiti?

Haitian youth wearing pepe.Paolo Woods I noted an article yesterday that made the case that second hand clothes are flooding Haitian markets and damaging small businesses. The twist in the story is that the influx of used clothes is in some part linked to the rise of clothing production in…

0 Easterly-GiveWell Debate Is Good for Aid

An interesting conversation took place in mid-July between Bill Easterly of NYU; Holden Karnofsky and Stephanie Wykstra of GiveWell; and an unnamed funder. Easterly and Karnofsky penned a pair of blog posts that shared some of the highlights of the conversation. It is interesting in terms of how the two…

0 Global Washington: What do we mean by development?

On the first day of Global Washington’s annual meeting, being held through Tuesday on the Microsoft campus, one of the primary challenges facing many participants is “development.” The word, that is — what it means and how to know if you’re actually doing it. “It has a lot of different…