Assorted Links

1. Eva Vivalt at NYU looks at how much do impact evaluations generalize in her job market paper. Her guest post at the World Bank Development Impact blog summarizes the paper well. The following paragraph caught my attention:

In the greater paper, I also find that when academics or NGOs implement a project, the project tends to yield higher effect sizes than when a government implements it; worrisome if the smaller, academic/NGO-implemented projects are intended to estimate the effects of the program were the government to implement it on a larger scale.

The generalizability of impact evaluation is very important for policy implementation, and more work needs to be done on this.

2. Brookings report on the rationale of encouraging higher education in STEM fields to meet the demand of employers. This made me wonder what forces are driving the location decision of different types of firms and how local policies interact with those. Sounds like there’s some spatial equilibrium there.

3. New York Times interview with executive women on finding and owning their voice. The whole article is worth reading. but these two pieces of advice stand out:

One of the things I see sometimes is that women mistake words for voice. They feel that because they have a seat at the table and they say something, that’s good. But it’s important for women to know that having a voice really means having a track record of success and accomplishments, so that people want to listen to what you have to say, because you’re saying something of value. So use your voice, but use it strategically.

Sometimes when you’re the only woman in a meeting, or one of just a few women in the group, you can feel like you almost have to say something. I think there are women who just want to make sure that they present at a meeting and that people are hearing them. But I think it’s just as important that you listen, because when you listen you get more out of the meeting. Sometimes you’re waiting to talk, and then you’re not listening. You have to balance listening and speaking. Then it becomes more natural.

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