Conditional cash transfers suck …

… or so says this new paper by Javier Báez of the World Bank and Adriana Camacho of Bogotá’s Universidad de los Andes. The authors wants to measure the long-term effects of CCTs by looking at both participation rates and achievement in standardized tests. They study a CCT experiment in Colombia called Familias en Acción. The participation…

One more call for volunteers

Just a reminder that CaracasChronicles is still looking for volunteer geeks, data-heads and assorted hangers-on to carry out a unique research project: crowdsourcing a specific, costed, budgeted, worked out model for a Conditional Cash Transfer scheme in Venezuela on the basis of real data taken from INE’s Household Survey. Whether you have 15 hours a week or 15…

If Linux can do it…

I’m still more or less floored by the response to my call for volunteers to craft a Conditional Cash Transfer Program proposal. There’s amazing expertise out there. I’m only a little bit concerned I won’t really have the resources to keep all y’all busy over coming months. But then, I even have volunteers offering to…

Volunteer Heaven!

The response to my Call for Volunteers last week has been amazing…so many dataheads, so little time! Thanks so much to everyone who’s written in. (And to those I haven’t managed to talk to yet – please look for me on Skype this weekend!) The project is simple, but ambitious: we want to crowdsource a…

Volunteer as a Caracas Chronicles Research Intern!

CaracasChronicles is looking for volunteer data-heads to help carry out a unique research project ahead of the 2012 Presidential Elections. Parlez-vous Stata? Do you have 2 to 10 hours a week to contribute to a crowdsourced social research project over the next four months? Do you have a background in statistics, econometrics or actuarial science?…

The Targetting vs. Universality Debate

A key issue any future opposition government is going to have to deal with is a very old one in First World social policy, but one barely talked about in our public sphere: should the government extend new social benefits to everyone, or should it try to target them narrowly on those who “need them…