Households and networks: Will your friend’s job search get you a job? Does land title registration work?

More fresh papers from the CSAE Conference! Elwyn DaviesViviana Perego, Emma Riley and Marc Witte give an overview of a selection papers on networks, households and gender. Are there spillovers from your friend’s job search? Does the language you speak matter for labour market participation? How does land title registration help with gaining access to credit? Continue reading

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The future of donor agencies in Africa: an open and honest debate

The final plenary at this year’s CSAE conference asked about ‘The future of donor agencies in Africa, and was chaired by Stefan Dercon (CSAE director, University of Oxford). The participants were Lindy Cameron (Director General, DFID), Albert Engel (Internal Director of the Africa Department, GIZ), and Matthew Spencer (Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director, Oxfam). Marc Witte, DPhil student at the Department of Economics and CSAE, reflects on this very lively debate. Continue reading

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Does exposure to wartime sexual violence create domestic violence? The latest research on intimate partner violence

In analyses of violence, domestic violence is often neglected, even though it is one of the most common forms of violence, as was argued by Anke Hoeffler earlier on our blog. At the CSAE Conference several papers were presented looking at the causes of domestic violence as well as at the attitudes towards intimate partner violence. Claire Cullen, doctoral student at the Blavatnik School of Government, gives an overview. Continue reading

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The papers of the CSAE Conference, summarized in one sentence

Could you not attend this year’s CSAE Conference? Or were there too many interesting sessions happening at the same time?

Just like last year (part 1 and part 2) and in 2015, the World Bank team at the Development Impact blog provided a solution for this, by very neatly summarizing papers and presentations into one-sentence summaries. This year Niklas Buehren, Aletheia Donald, David Evans, Markus Goldstein, Michael O’Sullivan, Sreelakshmi Papineni, and Julia Vaillant have summarized an impressive 87 papers, from a large number of sessions. Read their one-sentence summaries on the World Bank Development Impact blog.

Over the next days, you can expect more discussions of papers by CSAE DPhil students here on the CSAE blog, among other things, about what we learnt about the economics of domestic partner violence, firms and the future of aid!

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Links Round-up: Chinese import competition, the importance of numbers and the CSAE Conference

Every week, Ranil Dissanayake updates us on the latest interesting links and other readings he came across. This week’s topics: Chinese import competition, the importance of numbers and the CSAE Conference. Ranil is a Senior Economist at the UK Department for International Development. The opinions expressed in his writings are entirely his own and do not represent the views of his employer (DfID does not have strong views on Japanese Knotweed).

London can be hard. This morning, I was trying to get from Peckham up to East London and wound up on a broken-down train that was stuck on the tracks between stations for around two hours. We were eventually evacuated (by very courteous staff) down onto the tracks, with a little warning of “Don’t step on the rails, mate. It’ll fry you.” I’ve spent part of the rest of the day stressing out that the stuff sprouting unwontedly in my garden was Japanese Knotweed (it’s garlic, and I’m an idiot) and trying to do the work that should take more than one person more hours than I have in sufficiently few hours to retain a social life outside of the office. The Daily Mash had it exactly right: “You’re not even in our top five worries, Londoners tell extremists”. Continue reading

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What to take into account when measuring poverty? Poverty and Inequality at #OxCSAE2017

Measuring poverty can be challenging. Rocco Zizzamia and Elwyn Davies reflect on a selection of papers from the CSAE Conference sessions on poverty and inequality and discuss what happens if you stop taking households as units (your calculated GINI coefficient might be off!) and include measures of vulnerability. Continue reading

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What is the value of formalisation? Lessons from the CSAE Conference

Several papers at this year’s CSAE conference examined take-up and effects of formalisation. Michael Koelle, DPhil student at CSAE, takes stock of the lessons we can learn from these papers. Continue reading

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Time and Risk at #OxCSAE2017: Present bias in the lab, incentives and overoptimism and informal risk-sharing vs. formal insurance

The CSAE Conference finished yesterday. Over the next days our team of student bloggers will present you with a selection of interesting and notable papers. With more than 300 papers presented at the CSAE Conference, we are unfortunately unable to do justice to all of them! (Fortunately, some others are better at that!)

Time and Risk was featured prominently at this year’s conference. Amma Panin, Kewan Mertens and Emma Riley discuss a selection of papers in this area, focusing on whether present bias in the lab is realwhether incentives lead to overoptimism, whether informal risk-sharing and formal insurance are complements or substitutes and more! Continue reading

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Labour at #OxCSAE2017: The value of reference letters and should we now use FitBits to measure productivity?

Labour is traditionally a popular topic at the CSAE Conference. This year’s conference had a total of six sessions on Labour, with 24 papers presented. Over the next days our team of PhD bloggers will present you with a selection of papers from the conference.

Marc Witte, Lukas Hensel and Elwyn Davies, all DPhil students at the University of Oxford, kick off with a selection of papers on labour economics and focus on peers and motivation at work, FitBits to measure productivity, reference letters, public salary wages and downward nominal wage rigidity (yes, it exists!). Continue reading

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Reflections on evidence in the age of #FakeNews

The keynote lecture at this year’s CSAE conference was given by Macartan Humphreys from Columbia Univsersity. Titled ‘Researchers just ran a randomized control trial in Africa and you won’t believe what they found: Reflections on evidence in the age of fake news and discredited expertise‘ the lecture set out to be entertaining and topical at the same time. Lukas Hensel, DPhil student at CSAE, discusses the main takeaway messages of the keynote. Continue reading

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