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