Initiatives

EPoD also oversees two research initiatives that focus on generating evidence around innovative solutions in financial access and the environment:

Building the Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE): Data and Evidence for Smart Policy Designis a three year engagement in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to build technical and institutional capacity to integrate data and research evidence into policy decision-making. With funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the project investigates the individual and organizational constraints to using research evidence and data, and works with local implementing partners to systematically address these constraints in each country's context.

The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Research Initiative studies the potential for using psychometric screening tools to enhance access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world. EPoD co-director Asim Khwaja pioneered the use of psychometric measures for predicting loan default, creating a low-cost way for financial institutions to screen entrepreneurs applying for loans who lack a credit history or traditional collateral.

Governance Innovations for Sustainable Developmentexamines how policy innovations in environmental regulation can support growth and poverty reduction in low-income settings. The research umbrella includes a large-scale field experiment testing whether a new emissions trading system can lower abatement costs and air pollutant emissions in India, as well as other early-stage projects on aspects of regulation.