What is EPoD?

What is EPoD?

The faculty, research fellows, staff, and students who make up EPoD believe the best way to foster economic development is to work directly with those who make decisions and implement policy. We engage with policy actors through:

Rigorous, on-the-ground embedded research 

EPoD is engaged in deep, multi-year relationships with policymakers and practitioners to design, evaluate, and re-design policy to better serve the poor and other vulnerable groups. We utilize a process of joint identification of policy issues with policy counterparts – this way, our research speaks specifically to current priorities, and the mechanism for policy impact is built directly into each project. Through large-scale field experiments and other rigorous methods, we offer concrete insights to improve policy.

Innovative, evidence-driven capacity building 

We equip students, policymakers, and practitioners with the skills and knowledge to incorporate evidence into policy design and implementation. We do this through classroom and online instruction, including executive education courses, by hosting policy dialogues, and by collaborating on pilot projects. EPoD is becoming a hub of innovative pedagogy, using digital methods to deliver the tools and insights of economic research to a new generation of leaders.

EPoD’s Vision: A world where evidence drives continuous improvement in states, systems, and societies for better lives.

Innovations and Impact

Third-party audit system for industry-level pollution inspection, redesigned to eliminate conflict of interest in Gujarat, India

  • Led to 80% decrease in falsified reports by auditors and a decrease in pollution by .21 standard deviations with new system
  • Recommendations being integrated into audit system by state regulator
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Report cards on school quality disseminated to households in rural Pakistan

  • Spurred competition among schools to increase quality and reduce cost
  • Increased enrollment by 4.5% and test scores by about 42% of the average yearly gain, decreased school fees by 17%
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Information campaign for food aid program in Indonesia

  • Led to 26% increase in food subsidy and 17-34% in rice distribution at no additional cost.
  • Informed national scale-up of information campaign to an estimated 15.5 million households
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