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May 2021

Race Related Research in Economics and Other Social Sciences

joint with Arun Advani (Warwick), Eliott Ash (ETH Zurich), and David Cai (ETH Zurich),

Econometric Society Monograph.


March 2020

What Works When for Early-childhood Interventions? Evidence from Nigeria

The impacts of an early childhood intervention providing households information and unconditional cash transfers.


July 2017

Autonomy, Incentives, and the Effectiveness of Bureaucrats

Bureaucratic output is negatively associated with monitoring and incentive schemes but positively associated with the autonomy of mid-level...


March 2021

The Gender Composition of Submissions to JEEA 2019-2020

Report Prepared for the EEA Executive Committee.


September 2019

Empowering Adolescent Girls in Sierra Leone Under the Ebola Crisis

In the midst of the Ebola crisis an
empowerment programme acts as a shield for adolescent girls


June 2017

Labour Markets and Poverty in Village Economies

Programme to provide ultra-poor women in Bangladesh with livestock assets suggests one-off interventions can be effective in fighting extreme poverty


May 2020

The Anatomy of a Public Health Crisis: Household Responses During the Zika Epidemic in Brazil

How households respond to public health information in the midst of a pandemic.


July 2019

Do Apprenticeships Work?

Evidence from Uganda suggests that vocational training is more effective in tackling youth unemployment than apprenticeships

Prezzi Video (by Anna Vitali)

Should Cannabis Be Legalised?
Econ Films

Should Cannabis Be Legalised?

EXCLUSIVE: How a different approach to cannabis helped to cut crime. For a link to the research by Imran Rasul and co-authors Brendon McConnell and Jérôme Adda: (sorry for not mentioning the other co-authors in the film. This is due to time constraints.) The film makes a number of claims, for a full write up see Otherwise, see below: 'Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the world, with many millions using it every day': There are an estimated 250 million drug users worldwide according to the UN. An estimated 162 million people used cannabis in 2004. The United Nations Office on Drugs Crime (UNODC) estimates that it accounted for around 80% of illegal drug use in 2004, suggesting that hundreds of millions of people use it regularly (see UN document here: 'Politicians smoking cannabis in their youth': In 2007 David Cameron admitted he smoked while at school (, Barack Obama did the same in 2006 and back in 1992 Bill Clinton made the ludricous claim that he smoked but didn't inhale ( 'Cannabis is less harmful to your health than alcohol or tobacco, according to government sponsored studies': In 2009, Professor David Nutt, the UK government's drug adviser was sacked for claiming that, among other things, cannabis was less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. He also said that the chances of schizophrenia from cannabis use were around 1 in 5,0000. (See for example an article in the Guardian here: More on the Lambeth Cannabis Warning Pilot Scheme: Between 2001 and 2002, the London Borough of Lambeth 'depanalised' cannabis. This means that smoking cannabis was no longer a criminal offence. So long as cannabis was for personal use, the police would only remove the cannabis and they would issue a warning. There would be no arrests or prosecutions. The scheme was designed to save police time and money so they could focus on other crimes. (Link to a review of the Lambeth Cannabis Warning Pilot Scheme carried out by the Metropolitan Police Authority in 2002: The police commander who brought in the scheme was, Brian Paddick who later ran for Mayor of London in 2008 and 2012 representing the Liberal Democrats. In the most recent election he offered to depanalise cannabis across London, see here: Poll showing that most residents were in favour of the scheme: Link to IPSOS-MORI poll: Reports of children using cannabis in Lambeth from the Guardian, Telegraph among others: and (These newspapers weren't the only ones to report on the downsides of the scheme. The reason these two newspapers are mentioned in the film is because they are both well-respected newspapers known for having different political persuasions). For a full write up of this video, see Produced by ECON FILMS Camera Operators: George Featherby, Greg Luscome & Bob Denham Music: Andrew Warne With thanks to: Max Mallows, Imran Rasul, Anthony Sturgeon, Romesh Vaitilingam, Daisy Whitaker and the Royal Economic Society Written and Directed by Bob Denham With special thanks to those interviewed
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