Professor Dean Karlan. Using evidence to influence policy: experience from less-developed countries. August 27, 2013

19.07.2013
Professor Dean Karlan. Using evidence to influence policy: experience from less-developed countries. August 27, 2013

Professor Karlan notes that is it not always in the nature of academics to work proactively with those charged with implementing their suggestions. Many academics see their role as to test theories, and not to consider whether their research will see the light of day outside academic circles. This often affects the nature of their research questions which do not always lead to a workable policy solution. This disconnect between the need for quality evidence to inform policy and the nature of the evidence often generated by academics inspired Professor Karlan to found Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in 2002, in order to bridge the gap between the researcher and the policymaker.

Professor Karlan summarised his approach towards evidenced-based solutions with a quote from Richard Thaler, ‘grandfather’ of the Nudge Unit: ‘If you want to encourage some activity, make it easy’

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