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Paper Round

By Ranil Dissanayake and Matt Collin
Ranil Dissanayake and Matt Collin read and discuss topical and important papers in international development and economics, with frequent diversions into pop culture. Join us for a monthly deep dive into development wonkery and Batman jokes.

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12 Angry Men
Ranil and Matt are joined by Kate Orkin from the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford to discuss Gender and the Dynamics of Economics Seminars by Pascaline Dupas, Alicia Sasser Modestino, Muriel Niederle, Justin Wolfers, and the Seminar Dynamics Collective. They talk about econ's gender problem, its seminar culture and Loki.  Paper: https://web.stanford.edu/~pdupas/Gender&SeminarDynamics.pdf Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cx2vzwtufb1nyh4/Episode_4_12_angry_men_transcript.pdf?dl=0 
57:22
June 22, 2021
Living for the City
Matt and Ranil discuss Travis Baseler's "Hidden Income and the Perceived Returns to Migration" which investigates the degree to which urban migrants lie about their true income to their relatives back home, the degree to which this is driven by the pressures to remit money and, as a result, how people living in rural areas underestimate the returns to migration. They also argue about whether or not The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was quality Marvel content. Paper available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pceRMLUgAZMS-WozO_dEa3JvHDKCZnX-/view Episode Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u7u5c72wtno2kqx/Episode_3_Livin%20For%20the%20City%20transcript.docx?dl=0 Theme music is "Pasikolu" by Mello C, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/mello-c/concept-beats-vol-2-deporaju/pasikolu Episode analytics
48:43
May 12, 2021
Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge
Matt and Ranil take on NUDGE THEORY. They also discuss "RCTs to Scale: Comprehensive Evidence from Two Nudge Units" by Stefano DellaVigna and Elizabeth Linos, a paper comparing the impact of nudge interventions run by academics versus those run by special units that collaborate with governments to run nudges at scale.  Paper available here: https://www.nber.org/papers/w27594 Episode Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cuc1qujxm2tsdrf/Episode_2_Nudge_Nudge_transcript_mix.pdf?dl=0 Theme music is "Pasikolu" by Mello C, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/mello-c/concept-beats-vol-2-deporaju/pasikolu
48:60
March 15, 2021
It's a Poverty Trap!
Ranil and Matt discuss "Why Do Poor People Stay Poor?" by Clare Balboni, Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Maitreesh Ghatak and Anton Heil, a study on whether those living in extreme poverty in Rural Bangladesh are stuck in poverty because they are in an asset-based poverty trap.  Paper available here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3594155 Episode Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eo2fphckaqftjka/Episode%201%20-%20It%27s%20a%20Poverty%20Trap%21%20Transcript.pdf?dl=0 0:00 - Introduction 0:47 - Why we started the podcast Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, “Mother’s Love” 03:56 - Paper discussion: "Why Do Poor People Stay Poor?" 53:20 - Other things we found interesting this week: Malawi becoming the Economist's country of the year. 57:27 - Outro Theme music is "Pasikolu" by Mello C, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/mello-c/concept-beats-vol-2-deporaju/pasikolu
58:08
January 25, 2021