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CEGA Research Retreat (R^2) 2012


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 November 2012, the fourth annual R^2 featured presentations by six CEGA faculty and two other scholars, breakout sessions for graduate students and faculty, and many engaging interactions among over 50 participants. Presentation topics included droughts and human capital in India, air pollution and infant mortality in Mexico, daily shocks and daily labor supply in Kenya, fair elections and government legitimacy in Afghanistan, and peer effects in financial decisions in Brazil. 

The agenda for the event can be found below, along with PDFs of available presentations and papers.

Event Photos

Date and Time

Nov 2, 2012 8:30am — 6:00pm


The event was held in the Seaborg Room at the Faculty Club on UC Berkeley's Campus. 


8:30-9:00am Breakfast
Introduction (presentation)
Temina Madon, Exec. Director and Carson Christiano, Head of Research Partnerships 
“Could Droughts Improve Human Capital? Evidence from India”
Manisha Shah, UC Irvine
“Does the Effect of Pollution on Infant Mortality Differ Between Developing and Developed Countries? Evidence from Mexico City”
Paulina Oliva, UC Santa Barbara
10:55-11:10am Coffee Break
“Daily Shocks and Daily Labor Supply in Kenya”
Jon Robinson, UC Santa Cruz and Pascaline Dupas, Stanford
12:00-12:20pm Miguel de Figueiredo, UC Berkeley (Levin Family Seed Grant Recipient)
Presentation (PDF) | Paper (PDF)
"Do Fair Elections Enhance Government Legitimacy? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan"
Clark Gibson, UCSD and Michael Callen, UCLA
2:20-3:00pm Coffee Break / Breakout Sessions
“Understanding Peer Effects in Financial Decisions: Evidence from a Field Experiment”
Leo Bursztyn, UCLA
Presentation (PDF) | Paper (PDF)
Faculty Meeting – State of CEGA
CEGA Faculty and Staff
5:00-6:00pm Beer Hour


Clark Gibson (UC San Diego), Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University), Jonathan Robinson (UC Santa Cruz), Paulina Oliva (USC), Manisha Shah (UC Los Angeles), Miguel de Figueiredo (Levin Family Seed Grant Recipient, UC Berkeley), Temina Madon (Executive Director, CEGA), Carson Christiano (Head of Research Partnerships, CEGA)