Posts from October 2011

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Traffic Jams and Economic Development


Traffic jams and economic development are not things that are normally associated with one another. However, if we think of traffic flows and density as measures of infrastructure, we can begin to see the relationship between the two (which CTED Principal Investigator Lakshmi Subramanian discusses in further detail here). Vipin Jain, a CTED student, is […]

The Importance of Plantains and Batteries: Working on an RCT in the field


Alex Coutts is a CTED graduate student researching economics in the developing world. He spent this past summer interning in Uganda working with on an RCT. Here are his experiences while working out in the field: This previous summer I had the opportunity to help manage a team of interviewers in Uganda, while they conducted […]

Mobile Phones – The Future of Banking


Say you need to run to the corner store to purchase some sugar. What do you grab to take with you – your keys, your wallet, your phone? What if you no longer needed your wallet and everything you had in there – cash, credit cards, ID – was all stored on your mobile phone? […]

Preventing Forgery


A new project by CTED Co-Principal Investigator, Lakshmi Subramanian, is making headway in the fight to stop forgery in developing nations. An article in this week’s New Scientist, discusses Lakshmi’s project, PaperSpeckle, which uses an Android phone and a USB microscope, both of which are more available and affordable than other methods of paper-authentication techniques. […]

Measuring Trust


CTED’s research focuses on developing new technologies that can transform and improve the lives of the world’s poor. But how do you convince them to use these technologies and what role does trust play in the use and adaptation of these technologies? That issue is something that CTED graduate student, Emilia Soldani is focusing on […]