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Read the latest blogs from the IGL network.

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Spotlight: Calling all job market candidates

By Eszter Czibor on Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

The academic job market for economists is different this year: interviews will be conducted online, fly-outs are likely to be virtual, and many departments have postponed their hiring altogether because of the pandemic. At the Innovation Growth Lab, we want to do our part and use our platforms to showcase job market papers related to our fields of work.

Using Experimental Evidence for Policymaking: Comparative Analysis of Results Obtained from Experimental and Non-experimental Methods in the IEG Field

By Matias Grau Veloso; Hans Frech La Rosa; Lucia Perez Alfaro; Francisca Rabanales; Kathryn Reberg on Thursday, 1 October 2020.

Despite the importance of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to economic growth, very little policy supporting the growth of these industries is subjected to rigorous evaluation. This blog from the London School of Economic Capstone project seeks to explore why.

What the Horizon 2020 Innosup programme can teach us about RCTs: The lessons

By Stella Ishack on Monday, 14 September 2020.

Part two of our two-part blog series on the insights gained from innovation agencies designing new or improved policy schemes supporting SME innovation, and testing these using randomised controlled trials (RCTs). We share what can be taken away for future innovation policy when evaluating business support programmes.

What the Horizon 2020 Innosup programme can teach us about RCTs: The challenges

By Stella Ishack on Thursday, 3 September 2020.

In this post, we summarise some challenges that innovation agencies have faced when designing new or improved policy schemes supporting SME innovation, and testing these using randomised controlled trials (RCTs). We share what does and doesn’t work for future innovation policy when evaluating business support programmes.

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Enterprise and employment growth: youth trainings and mentorship in Tanzania

By Nathan Fiala, Margherita Calderone, Lemayon Melyoki, Rachel Steinacher on Monday, 20 July 2020.

Youth account for 60% of the unemployed in Africa. One approach to increasing employment among youth is to provide training and mentoring for young people to help them find jobs or start new businesses. This study evaluates the impact of a training and mentorship program with a robust long-term support component on Tanzanian youth’s employment, entrepreneurial activities, and self-confidence.

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Support for businesses and innovators in the time of Covid-19: The role of innovation agencies

By Marieke Goettsch and Alex Glennie on Tuesday, 9 June 2020.

By now it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic is much more than a global health crisis. In this blog, Marieke Goettsch and Alex Glennie outline the impact Covid-19 has had on innovation, and the role innovation agencies can play in the recovery effort.

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“Act Fast and Do Whatever It Takes”: Leading economists’ recommendations for business support during COVID-19

By Eszter Czibor on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

In this post, we collect insights from the book which we hope will be particularly useful for policymakers designing crisis support for businesses, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular, during this time.

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IGL for Equal

By Eszter Czibor and Meg Doherty on Thursday, 5 March 2020.

Our team at the Innovation Growth Lab is quite international, but there is one thing we all shared growing up, whether we went to school in Germany, Spain, Hungary or the UK: our school textbooks almost exclusively featured straight, white men. They were the heros, poets, artists, scientists and revolutionaries - women, and especially people with different sexual or gender identities were largely invisible.

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