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Insights / Research BriefMar 02, 2022

Information versus Investment

Stephen J. Terry, Toni M. Whited, Anastasia A. Zakolyukina
When Enron, a Texas-based energy trader and supplier, filed for bankruptcy in December 2001, its stock was trading at $0.26 per share. The prior year its share price peaked at $90.75. This stunning fall was not the result of economic shocks or events out of Enron’s control.
Topics:  Financial Markets
Insights / Research BriefJan 13, 2022

Selection in Surveys

When COVID-19 swept the world in early 2020 and closed or restricted business activity, researchers and policymakers scrambled to determine the virus’s economic impact on everything from employment, income, and childcare to business closures, commercial property, and work-from-home strategies. Policymakers needed answers fast to plan the most efficacious responses and direct limited resources to benefit those who needed it the most.
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefOct 21, 2021

Community Membership and Reciprocity in Lending: Evidence from Informal Markets

Rimmy Tomy, Regina Wittenberg-Moerman
Imagine that you are a wholesale provider of textiles to retailers who sell their wares in a large bazaar in one of many communities across India. As a wholesaler, you receive your inventory from a large supplier in say, Mumbai or Delhi. It’s a challenging business; margins are thin, and your livelihood depends on your retailers’ success. At the same time, retailers often do not have enough money to purchase your wares and, therefore, you need to provide credit. To whom do you lend? In an informal market that is absent balance sheets and sales data, who do you trust? Where do you get your information?
Topics:  Financial Markets
Insights / Podcast episodeJun 16, 2021

Vaccine Lotteries: Worth a Shot?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Steve Levitt, Jeff Severts
More than a dozen states have announced large lotteries to incentivize vaccinations. On this episode,...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insights / Podcast episodeApr 07, 2021

WFH … Forever?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Steven J. Davis, Kate Lister
The pandemic forced many Americans into a mass social experiment: working from home (WFH). Now,...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeMar 25, 2021

Incentives and the Race to Vaccinat‪e‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Joshua Gottlieb, David Pitrak
With COVID-19 variants proliferating, administering vaccines as quickly as possible is a key policy priority....
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19
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Watch: Michael Kremer World Bank Keynote Lecture: Conference on Vaccinating South Asia

On March 4, Michael Kremer presented his recent research during the South Asia Economic Policy...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insights / Podcast episodeMar 12, 2021

Is the Future Cashless‪?‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Fernando Alvarez, Raghuram Rajan
When COVID lockdowns started a year ago, the use of cash plummeted. But the pandemic...
Topics:  COVID-19