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Moreira's research featured by NPR - Planet Money

Esther Duflo participated in a Question & Answer to talk about the Nobel Prize in Economics that she has been awarded together with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. The laureate mentioned research by Moreira and coauthors to answer one of the questions:  

" NPR-PlanetMoney: As you highlight in your book, the general public may not care about what economists think. But I'd like to think that policymakers do. And I do wonder, like, do you think, in your economic research, do you think you've changed policymakers' minds? Have you seen your research make an impact on policy outcomes or thinking?

Esther Duflo: Yes. I don't have a randomized controlled trial to prove it. There is a recent study in Brazil (...). They showed studies to mayors, and they find the mayors do pay attention to evidence presented, and they're more persuaded by better evidence. That's true in my own experience with policymakers. I don't have an experiment to prove it, but I have seen a lot of progress in the last 15 years."

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