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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: B-1-07
Internally Valid Microeconometric Development Analysis


Some policy debates do not offer policy recommendations, due to the fact that they lack causal arguments. For example, in the BOP (bottom-of-pyramid) assistance debates, the causal relationships between assistance and business outcomes are not identified. Thus, policymakers cannot find concrete directions in their policy development. Most current debates limit themselves to listing successful business models, and do not show which of the model’s components is effective (internal validity) nor how the outcomes may differ had they operated the same business model in another environment (external validity). This can result in implementing policies that would have undesired outcomes. Therefore, it is paramount to understand the impacts of each component of the policies or business models to effectively formulate development policies. This project aims at providing policy recommendations based on cutting edge academic techniques that will result in internally valid impact estimates.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] ITO Seiro
[ Co-researchers ] KUDO Yuya
TSUKADA Kazunari
ARIMOTO Yutaka (Hitotsubashi University)
FUWA Nobuhiko (Waseda University)
OHIRA Satoshi (Keio University)