I’ve been busily working on the next set of papers. As a quick preview, here are some of the things I am most excited about:
Experiments with policymakers
In collaboration with the World Bank, I am testing out how policymakers update in response to new information from impact evaluations. In order for policymaking to be evidence-based, you need three things: evidence, correct updating based on the evidence, and for there to not be any other pressures facing policymakers (i.e. political economy reasons to pursue other programs). A lot of studies contribute to building up the evidence base, but this paper focuses on the second issue. We look at both standard and novel biases, examine what they think of across-study variation, and test out different ways of presenting information to overcome these biases.
This RCT is a very cool collaboration with a firm on whether people set the right goals. I will blog more about this in the future.
How activists are born
I am collaborating with David Broockman of Stanford GSB and a large activist group to test whether building relationships with others invested in a cause can inspire people to take action.
Tablets impact evaluation
An excellent undergrad at Stanford University, James Taechajongjintana, informed me about a program that provided hundreds of thousands of tablets to students. It is remarkable that no one had looked at all the data, and we are collaborating to turn this into a paper.
Animal advocacy research
I am collaborating with Josh Tasoff of Claremont Graduate University and Emiliano Huet-Vaughn of Middlebury to test animal advocacy interventions and identify how they could be made more effective.