Giving a transport subsidy to job seekers for up to 11 weeks in Ethiopia increases the likelihood of finding steady employment by more than a third. That’s pretty cool.

Giving a transport subsidy to job seekers for up to 11 weeks in Ethiopia increases the likelihood of finding steady employment by more than a third. That’s pretty cool.

Interesting to think something as simple as paying for a job seeker’s transportation could help them increase their likelihood of getting a job by 30%. Is this the case in urban areas elsewhere? Would the effects be as strong if every poor job seeker had their transportation subsidized? More questions to think about.

Another link I thought about posting on Facebook last night but then decided to post it here, where I hope that the judgment of my dorkiness might be a little less harsh:

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/03/jeffrey_sachs_o.html

Among other things, Russ Roberts accuses Jeff Sachs of crushing the dreams of poor people. It’s a 120 min debate about the Millennium Villages Project, the criticism it faces, and the realities of its impact. One surprising takeaway: Sachs thinks that evaluating the impact of his project against comparison villages is useless. Hmmm…

Got the link for the interview from Chris Blattman’s blog.

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