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CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) 2015


The CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) is an annual gathering of invited faculty, staff and students from multiple CEGA campuses with a shared interest in impact evaluation. The purpose of R^2, which features presentations by CEGA-affiliated researchers and their collaborators, is to generate feedback for new and ongoing research, and to stimulate productive discussions among participants. Held in October 2015, the seventh annual R^2 featured presentations by five CEGA faculty and many engaging interactions among over 60 participants. The agenda for the event can be found below.

Date and Time

Oct 2, 2015 8:00am — 5:30pm


UC Berkeley, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


8:30-9:00a Breakfast

9:00-10:00a Talk 1: "Predicting Poverty and Wealth with Mobile Phone Metadata (Rwanda)", Josh Blumenstock, U Washington

10:00-11:00a Talk 2: "Social Networks, Reputation and Commitment: Evidence from a Savings Monitors Experiment (India)", Arun Chandrasekhar, Stanford

11:00-11:30a Coffee

11:30-12:30p Talk 3: “Biometric Identification Machine Failure and Electoral Fraud in a Competitive Democracy (Ghana)”, Miriam Golden, UCLA

12:30-1:30p Lunch

1:30-2:30p Talk 4: "How Strong are Ethnic Preferences? (Kenya)", Ted Miguel, Berkeley

2:30-3:30p Talk 5: "Asset Transfers and Household Neediness (South Sudan)", Ethan Ligon, Berkeley

3:30-3:45p Bio-Break

3:45-4:30p CEGA Presentation

4:30-5:30p Reception


Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Ethan Ligon (UC Berkeley), Joshua Blumenstock (UC Berkeley), Miriam Golden (UC Los Angeles), Arun Chandrasekhar (Stanford University)