Rachel Glennerster



Rachel Glennerster’s insights on the randomization movement (Airbel Impact Lab, 07/31/18)
Rachel Glennerster explains how randomized controlled trials are transforming the world of international development

Invest in Girls’ Futures – Podcast with DFID Chief Economist Rachel Glennerster (Center for Global Development, 01/11/18)
Rachel Glennerster speaks on UK aid spending, the Department of International Development, and public opinion.


#RES2021: Lunchtime Chat – Dr.Rachel Glennerster and Lord Meryvn King
(Royal Economic Society, 08/18/21)

In this conversation with Lord Mervyn King, the pair discuss the economic choices of COVID-19 as well as their perspective on the crisis from an economist perspective.

The Economics of Child Marriage
(VoxDev, 09/09/20)

In countries such as Bangladesh, with high levels of child marriage, women face negative financial consequences to marrying late along with negative health consequences to marrying early. Rachel Glennerster describes experiments where even a small financial incentive proven effective in delaying the age of marriage.

A View from DFID: Rachel Glennerster (Structural Transformation and Economic Growth, 07/15/20)

Rachel Glennerster, explains the importance of the ‘Structural Transformation and Economic Growth’ programme for DFID.

9th Annual Conference: Development Finance in Fragile States (Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance at Princeton University, 02/22/20)

Rachel Glennerster conducts the keynote lecture on post-conflict community building and development finance.

GDI Lecture: Can technology solve global poverty with Rachel Glennerster (Global Development Institute, 10/31/19)

Rachel Glennerster discusses how technology has driven improvements in income and health in poor countries, why there is too little innovation designed to meet the needs of the poor, and the promise of the data revolution.

PBS NewsHour: A scientific approach to evaluating global anti-poverty programs (PBS NewsHour, 08/23/19)

In Ethiopia, over a quarter of the population survives on less than two dollars a day. International organizations and foreign governments provide funds to address the rampant poverty in this country and others, but little data is available to assess the effectiveness of such programs. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one nonprofit’s rigorous, research-driven approach to aid.

#49 – Dr.Rachel Glennerster on a years worth of education for 30c & other development best buys (80,000 hours, 06/10/19)

In this episode, Dr Glennerster shares her decades of accumulated wisdom on which anti-poverty programs are overrated, which are neglected opportunities, and how we can know the difference, across a range of fields including health, empowering women and macroeconomic policy.

Fireside Chat with Rachel Glennerster (Effective Altruism, 04/14/2019)

In this conversation with Nathan Labenz, Rachel Glennerster discusses the most important lessons she’s learned about development and what it really means for a study’s result to “generalize”.

Rachel Glennerster: Sampling and Sample Size (J-PAL, 06/18)

As a portion of J-PAL’s Executive Education Program, Rachel Glennerster lectures on the fundamental of sampling and sample size, in the context of evaluations.

When Do Innovation and Evidence Change Lives? (J-PAL, 11/29/17)

 Rachel Glennerster shares lessons learned for moving from effective research to action from J-PAL’s nearly two decades of examples across sectors, including innovation scale-ups enabled by US foreign assistance.

The Technology Paradox in Education (Founders Pledge, 07/06/17)

Contrary to popular belief, projects that deliver reading materials, tech gadgets and teaching supplies to schools in low income countries don’t tend to have ANY effect on learning levels. So what does work? After decades of research, development economist Rachel Glennerster is sure of one thing: intuition fails miserably when it comes to improving global education standards.

Elections in Sierra Leone – Rachel Glennerster (VoxDev, 06/19/17)

Rachel Glennerster talks about the upcoming elections in Sierra Leone, and the role ethnicity and access to information play in determining voter behaviour.

Microfinance and the Problem with Assuming Everyone is an Entrepreneur (Founders Pledge, 05/19/17)

Microfinance has been one of the biggest buzzwords in charity, but does reality match our aspirations? Is it really a silver bullet to end poverty? Rachel Glennerster proves that intuition can be misleading, and explains why microfinance has failed to meaningfully reduce extreme poverty so far.

Is Philanthropy Really Getting Smarter? Stefan Dercon, Rachel Glennerster & Michael Faye Debate (Founders Pledge, 05/11/17)

Rachel Glennerster joins fellow top researchers to discuss current developments in how donors behave, and give one clear appeal to future philanthropists: ‘Be smart consumers’.

Reducing child marriage and extending girls’ schooling in Bangladesh (GrOW Program, 03/01/17)

This video showcases research on early child marriage in Bangladesh, as a barrier to women’s economic empowerment, done by Innovations for Poverty Action and Duke University, through the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women Program.

Engaging developing country governments – EA Global: San Francisco 2016 (Centre for Effective Altruism, 08/31/16)

Rachel Glennerster discusses how we can leverage the massive opportunity of influencing government spending.

Rachel Glennerster: Generalizability (J-PAL, 06/16)

As a portion of J-PAL’s Executive Education Program, Rachel Glennerster lectures on the generalizability, in the context of evaluations.

New Technology: Promise and Risk (Sierra Leone) (UC Berkeley Events, 06/25/14)

 Rachel Glennerster speaks on evidence to action relating to building markets for small-space farmers.

Rachel Glennerster on “Good Morning Sierra Leone” (J-PAL, 02/24/14)

Rachel Glennerster, appears as a guest on “Good Morning Sierra Leone” on February 24, 2014, to speak about the results of the study on the impact of voter knowledge initiatives in Sierra Leone. For more information about the study, please visit https://www.povertyactionlab.org/evaluation/debates-impact-voter-knowledge-initiatives-sierra-leone.

Rachel Glennerster discusses new Science article on learning in developing countries (J-PAL, 04/18/13)

In this video, Rachel Glennerster discusses “The Challenge of Education and Learning in the Developing World” (M.Kremer et al. Science 340, 297 (2013)

Research Transparency in Economics: Rachel Glennerster (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences – BITSS, 01/27/14)

Rachel Glennerster joins this video series to discuss research transparency within the discipline.

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