Seminar on “Creating Innovation does not Guarantee its Adoption: Using Research to Design Smart Public Policy”

Jul 17, 2016

Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office, UNDP Bangladesh and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) jointly organised a seminar titled “Creating Innovation does not Guarantee its Adoption: Using Research to Design Smart Public Policy” on 17 July, 2016 at 9:00 am-11:00 am at Karabi Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management, Yale University, USA presented the Keynote Paper at the Seminar. Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Honourable Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office was present as the Chief Guest.

The purpose of the seminar is to understand how research can enrich innovations in order to make them more adaptable by the citizens and government. The a2i Programme, UNDP Bangladesh and IPA are striving to make governments and nations more innovative and they understand that research and innovation go hand in hand. There’s necessity to balance research and innovation so as to foster an environment that is conducive to designing smart public policy backed by sound research.

In the seminar, Professor Mobarak discussed how field experiments can unbiasedly measure the benefits of innovation and help design strategies in motivating citizens and policy makers to adopt beneficial innovations. He also discussed how such experiments can guide governments in making smart public policies.

The keynote presentation was followed by an open discussion with questions, opinions and recommendations from the participants.  

High-level government officials, representatives from development organizations, international NGOs, academia, private think tanks were present at the seminar.  

 

Short-Biography of Professor Mushfiq Mobarak 

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak is a Professor of Economics at Yale University.  He also co-chairs the Urban Services Initiative at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, and leads the Bangladesh Research Program for the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE and Oxford.  He has previously worked at the World Bank, and at the International Monetary Fund.  He is a development economist with interests in environmental issues and has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi.  He conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviours that are likely to be welfare improving. His research has been published in journals across disciplines, including Econometrical, Science, The Review of Economic Studies, the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Demography, and covered by the New York Times, The Economist, Science, NPR, Wired.com, the Times of London, and other media outlets around the world.

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