IEN (Impact Evaluation Network)

The Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) at LACEA is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding impact evaluation of different policies.

Eighth Meeting

September 11th and 12th, 2014

The eighth annual meeting was hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, and took place on September 11 and 12, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Nine papers, selected on the basis of academic merit, were presented at the meeting. Dr. Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University) gave the keynote address.


Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters

1330 New York Ave NW, room CR-201
Washington DC, USA

Keynote Speaker 

Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University)
How can evaluations better inform public spending decisions? 

Selected papers

The Impact of Fee Discounts on Remittances: A Field Experiment with Migrants from Central America.” Diego Aycinena (Universidad Francisco Marroquín), Kate Ambler (IFPRI) and Dean Yang (University of Michigan)
Comments: Sandro Diez-Amigo (MIT and IDB)

Schooling, learning, earnings: effects of a 3-year conditional cash transfer program in Nicaragua after 10 years” Tania Barham (University of Colorado at Boulder), John Maluccio (Middlebury College) and Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics)
Comments: Guillermo Cruces (CEDLAS – FCE – UNLP)

Using Cheat Sheets to Distinguish Ability from Knowledge: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Chile” Sandro Diez-Amigo (MIT and IDB)
Comments: Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Harvard University)

Mobile phones for labor market intermediation: A multi-treatment experimental design” Jose Galdo (Carleton University) Ana C. Dammert (Carleton University) and Virgilio Galdo (The World Bank)
Comments: Oscar Mitnik (FDIC)

Unobservable, but Unimportant? The Influence of Personality Traits (and Other Usually Unobserved Variables) for the Evaluation of Labor Market Policies” Oscar Mitnik (FDIC), Marco Caliendo (Postdam University) and Robert Mahlstedt (IZA) 
Comments: José Galdo (Carleton University)

On the Effects of Enforcement on Illegal Markets: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in Colombia” Sandra Rozo (UCLA), Daniel Mejia (Universidad de los Andes) and Pascual Restrepo (MIT) 
Comments:  María Cecilia Acevedo (Harvard University)

Inside the War on Drugs: Effectiveness and Unintended Consequences of a Large Illicit Crops Eradication Program in Colombia” Maria Cecilia Acevedo (Harvard University), Alberto Abadie (Harvard University), Juan Fernando Vargas, (Universidad del Rosario), and Maurice Kugler (UNDP)
Comments:  Sandra Rozo (UCLA)

Are You (Not) Expecting?: The Unforeseen Benefits of Job Training on Teenage Pregnancy” Laura Ripani (IDB) and Rafael Novella (IDB)
Comments: Damian Clarke (The University of Oxford)

Assessing Plan B: The Effect of the Morning After Pill on Children and Women” Damian Clarke (The University of Oxford), Andrea Bentancor (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez)
Comments: Laura Ripani (IDB)


Academic Committee for the 2014 meeting: 

  • Felipe Barrera, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
  • Arturo Galindo, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Ximena Peña, Universidad de los Andes
  • Guillermo Cruces, Center for Distributional, Labor and Social Studies, CEDLAS