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Weekly links June 30: 7th grade development economics, the beginning at the end approach, stuff that happened a long time ago still impacts today, and more…

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How to teach development economics in 20 minutes to 7th graders – Dave Evans explains his method. The “beginning at the end” approach to experimentation – written from the point of view of business start-ups, but could easily apply to policy experiment work too “The typical approach to research is to start with a problem. ...

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  • How to teach development economics in 20 minutes to 7th graders – Dave Evans explains his method.
  • The “beginning at the end” approach to experimentation – written from the point of view of business start-ups, but could easily apply to policy experiment work too “The typical approach to research is to start with a problem. In business, this often leads to identifying a lot of vague unknowns—a “broad area of ignorance” as Andreasen calls it—and leaves a loosely defined goal of simply reducing ignorance…“Beginning at the end” means that you determine what decision you’ll make when you know the results of your research, first, and let that dictate what data you need to collect and what your results need to look like in order to make that decision.”
Weekly links June 30: 7th grade development economics, the beginning at the end approach, stuff that happened a long time ago still impacts today, and more…
David McKenzie
David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

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