Edward Miguel on Collecting Economic Data by Canoe and Correlating Conflict with Rainfall (People I (Mostly) Admire, Ep. 50)

November 5, 2021 @ 11:00pm


He’s a pioneer of using randomized control experiments in economics — studying the long-term benefits of a $1 health intervention in Africa. Steve asks Edward, a Berkeley professor, about Africa’s long-term economic prospects, and how a parking-ticket-scandal in New York City led to a major finding on corruption around the world.

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Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:


Edward Miguel, professor of environmental and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley.


“Twenty-Year Economic Impacts of Deworming,” by Joan Hamory, Edward Miguel, Michael Walker, Michael Kremer, and Sarah Baird (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021).
Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research, by Garret Christensen, Jeremy Freese, and Edward Miguel (2019).
Africa’s Turn? by Edward Miguel (2009).
Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, by Edward Miguel and Ray Fisman (2008).

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