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How Much Should We Trust Differences-in-Differences Estimates?
Most Difference-in-Difference (DD) papers rely on many years of data and focus on serially correlated outcomes. Yet almost all these papers ignore the bias in the estimated standard errors thatExpand
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Schooling and Labor Market Consequences of School Construction in Indonesia: Evidence from an Unusual Policy Experiment
  • E. Duflo
  • Economics, Materials Science
  • 1 May 2000
Between 1973 and 1978, the Indonesian Government constructed over 61,000 primary schools throughout the country. This is one of the largest school construction programs on record. I evaluate theExpand
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Double/Debiased Machine Learning for Treatment and Structural Parameters
We revisit the classic semiparametric problem of inference on a low dimensional parameter θ_0 in the presence of high-dimensional nuisance parameters η_0. We depart from the classical setting byExpand
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The Diffusion of Microfinance
Introduction How do the network positions of the first individuals in a society to receive information about a new product affect its eventual diffusion? To answer this question, we develop a modelExpand
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The Economic Lives of the Poor
  • A. Banerjee, E. Duflo
  • Economics, Medicine
  • The journal of economic perspectives : a journal…
  • 1 December 2006
This paper uses survey data from 13 countries to document the economic lives of the poor (those living on less than $2 dollar per day per capita at purchasing power parity) or the extremely poorExpand
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The Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation
This paper reports on the first randomized evaluation of the impact of introducing the standard microcredit group-based lending product in a new market. In 2005, half of 104 slums in Hyderabad, IndiaExpand
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Growth Theory Through the Lens of Development Economics
Growth theory has traditionally assumed the existence of an aggregate production function, whose existence and properties are closely tied to the assumption of optimal resource allocation within eachExpand
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WOMEN AS POLICY MAKERS: EVIDENCE FROM A RANDOMIZED POLICY EXPERIMENT IN INDIA
This paper uses political reservations for women in India to study the impact of women's leadership on policy decisions. Since the mid-1990's, one third of Village Council head positions in IndiaExpand
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Grandmothers and Granddaughters: Old-Age Pensions and Intrahousehold Allocation in South Africa
This article evaluates the impact of a large cash transfer program in South Africa on children's nutritional status and investigates whether the gender of the recipient affects that impact. In theExpand
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Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?
We exploit random assignment of gender quotas across Indian village councils to investigate whether having a female chief councillor affects public opinion towards female leaders. Villagers who haveExpand
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