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Tech, Development Economics, and Experiment Design with Economist Katya Vasilaky

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This month, we're excited to hear from Katya Vasilaky (, a Research Fellow at Columbia University's Earth Institute who uses economics to study how local social networks and group formation affect technology adoption, and the resulting equity (or inequities).

Katya will discuss the results of the first year of a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of (, a Google Impact-winning NGO that conducts video education for small holder farmers in Bihar, India. The study, conducted with Dean Karlan (Yale, author of With Good Intentions) and Kentaro Toyama (former Microsoft Research India Director, author of Geek Heresy), in collaboration with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, tested the effects of messaging around risk and self-efficacy. Katya will give an overview of experimental design, delve into the DG design, and then look at interpreting their preliminary findings.

Our hosts for the evening are Reboot (, a social impact firm dedicated to inclusive development and accountable governance. Reboot helps governments and international organizations achieve their missions by exploring the origins of complex issues, designing contextually appropriate interventions, and bringing these ideas to reality.


6:30pm — Socializing and snacks

7–8pm — Katya's talk and Q&A

8pm – Community announcements and more time to socialize