Positive Effects of War

New research on post-war Sierra Leone indicates that survivors of violent conflict are more engaged in their communities, more trusting, and more altruistic compared to neighbors who did not experience conflict. The paper, co-authored by CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel, Joseph Henrich, and Chris Blattman, was recently highlighted in the Washington Post, exploring these positive effects after war and how communities rebuild.

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Innovative Approaches to Development
Michael Faye, co-founder of GiveDirectly, recently spoke at CEGA’s annual Evidence to Action conference in San Francisco on the changing state of international development, and how GiveDirectly is combining new technologies with knowledge of effective poverty alleviation strategies to implement direct cash transfers on a broader scale.
 

Handbook of Field Experiments
Our partner the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) recently launched an exciting Handbook of Field Experiments that brings together papers from some of the best experts in the field, with 15 of the 17 papers now available for free online. The Handbook highlights work by CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel and CEGA affiliates Pascaline DupasFrederico FinanAlain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet.
 

CEGA is Growing!
It’s the perfect time join CEGA! We are expanding our team with openings for the following full-timepositions: Global Networks Program ManagerTechnology and Development Program ManagerResearch Transparency Program AssociateResearch Transparency Program Manager. We are also seeking a part-time Health, Economics, & Women's Empowerment Program Manager or Associate.

Have Reconciliation Efforts Helped in Postwar Sierra Leone?
Post-conflict recovery requires extensive resources to help individuals and communities suffering from traumas. But what can be done to provide crucial mental health resources in developing countries, where such resources were lacking even beforehand? Work in postwar Sierra Leone by CEGA affiliate Katherine Casey addresses this issue in recent articles in Science and the Washington Post.
 

How to Convince Someone to Care About Climate Change
A new study co-authored by 2014 Levin Family Fellow Nick Obradovich found that people may be more motivated to act on climate change if they believe it to be a collective issue, suggesting that current messaging to convince individuals to adopt an attitude of personal responsibility may be ineffective in encouraging action.