Biography

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Currently I am working on impact assessment, linked to supervision of Maren Duvendack's recently completed thesis 'Smoke and Mirrors: Evidence from Microfinance Impact Evaluations in India and Bangladesh' (2010). The thesis identifies borrowing from multiple sources as a neglected feature of quantitative evaluations of the impacts of microfinance and applies Propensity Score Matching and sensitivity analysis to show that the evidence of impacts of microfinance on well-being in two iconic studies (on SEWA Bank by Chen, 1999,  and on Grameen Bank, BRAC and the BRDB in Bangladesh by Pitt and Khandker, 1998) is not robust.

I am participating in an Impact Evaluation of the Mae Lao Irrigation Improvment Project with the Centre for Project and Policy Evaluation of the Office of Agricultural Economics, Government of Thailand, funded by 3ie. I am leading the design of  a new Master of Science in Impact Evaluation for Development and a Short Course in Impact Evaluation for Evidence Based Policy in Development (with Maren Duvendack and Ben D'Exelle). I have been reviewer for 3ie Open Windows and am peer advisor on two 3ie funded projects.

I recently participated in a DFID Funded Gender and Growth Assessment  with Nitya Rao and Elissaios Papyrakis of DEV and colleagues at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, the GGA-Nigeria seeks to analyse the gendered impacts of growth in Nigeria over the last decade. The assessment involved statistical analysis, of the gender and growth linkage, and of micro-economic data from the Nigeria Living Standards measurement Survey (2003), Nigerian Demographic and Health Surveys, and the Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys, a review of the grey literature on the impacts of growth processes in different regions of the country on men and women, and two sub-national case studies in Lagos and Kano. The study was initiated in April 2008 and completed by September 2009.  

In recent years I have been working on the measurement of poverty particularly in Bangladesh and India.

I am an economist specialising in poverty, agriculture and natural resources (especially water) and environment, rural development and political economy. In recent years I have specialised in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, with special reference to agricultural growth, poverty trends, groundwater development and irrigation service markets. Earlier I did much work in Malawi and Nigeria. I do formal and informal field work, and quantitative, statistical and econometric analysis as well as discursive analysis and have an interest in Geographical Information Systems.

Recent successful PhD students include Robert Grant (2009) ‘Contract, Kin, Culture And Accumulation In South East Tanzania’   and  Maren Duvendack (2010) 'Smoke and Mirrors: Evidence from Microfinance Impact Evaluations in India and Bangladesh'

All Publications

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Camfield, L., Palmer Jones, R.

(2015)

Ethics of analysis and publication in international development

Routledge

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R., Reed, W. R.

(2015)

Replications in Economics: A Progress Report

in Econ Journal Watch

12.

pp. 164-191

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Vaessen, J., Rivas, A., Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R., Leeuw, F., Van Gils, G., Lukach, R., Holvoet, N., Bastiaensen, J.

(2014)

The Effects of Microcredit on Women's Control over Household Spending in Developing Countries

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Camfield, L., Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R.

(2014)

Things you wanted to know about bias in evaluations but never dared to think

in IDS Bulletin

45.

pp. 49–64

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R., Vaessen, J.

(2014)

Meta-analysis of the Impact of Microcredit on Women’s Control over Household Decisions: Methodological Issues and Substantive Findings

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

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pp. 73-96

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Camfield, L., Palmer-Jones, R.

(2013)

Three 'Rs' of Econometrics: Repetition, Reproduction and Replication

in Journal of Development Studies

49.

pp. 1607-1614

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Iversen, V., Palmer Jones, R., Sen, K.

(2013)

On the Colonial Origins of Agricultural Development in India: A Re-examination of Banerjee and Iyer, 'History, Institutions and Economic Performance'

in Journal of Development Studies

49.

pp. 1631-1646

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2012)

High Noon for Microfinance Impact Evaluations: Re-investigating the Evidence from Bangladesh

in Journal of Development Studies

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pp. 1864-1880

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Duvendack, M., Hombrados, J., Palmer Jones, R., Waddington, H.

(2012)

Assessing 'What Works' in International Development: Meta-Analysis for Sophisicated Dummies

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

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pp. 456-471

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2012)

The Microfinance of Reproduction and the Reproduction of Microfinance: Understanding the Connections between Microfinance, Empowerment, Contraception and Fertility in Bangladesh in the 1990s

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2012)

Replication of Quantative Work in Development Studies: Experiences and Suggestions

in Progress in Development Studies

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pp. 307-322

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2012)

Response to Chemin and to Pitt

in Journal of Development Studies

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pp. 1892-1897

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2011)

High noon for microfinance impact evaluations: re-investigating the evidence from Bangladesh

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2011)

Comment on: Abou-Ali, H., El-Azony, H., El-Laithy, H., Haughton, J. and Khandker, S., 2010. Evaluating the impact of Egyptian Social Fund for Development Programmes. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2 (4), 521–555

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

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pp. 297-299

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Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2011)

Much ado about something: response to Haughton's reply to Duvendack and Palmer-Jones

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

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pp. 302-303

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Palmer Jones, R.

(2010)

Review: Handbook on impact evaluation: quantitative methods and practices, by S.R. Khandker, G.B. Koolwal and H.A. Samad

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

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pp. 387-390

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Akanji, B., Rao, N., Ajala, B., Akpokodje, G., Palmer Jones, R., Papyrakis, E.

(2009)

Gender and Growth Assessment - Nigeria: Bauchi, Cross River, Kano and Lagos State Reports

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Palmer Jones, R.

(2009)

Book review: A.A. Deaton and V. Kozel (eds), The Great Indian Poverty Debate; and A.K. Mehta and A. Shepherd (eds), Chronic Poverty and Development Policy in India

in Journal of South Asian Development

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pp. 283-320

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Palmer Jones, R., Papyrakis, E., Rao, N., Akanji, B., Ajala, B., Akpokodje, G.

(2009)

Gender and Growth Assessment - Nigeria: Microeconomic Study

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Papyrakis, E., Palmer Jones, R., Rao, N., Akanji, B., Ajala, B., Akpokodje, G.

(2009)

Gender and Growth Assessment - Nigeria: Macroeconomic Study

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Key Research Interests

Poverty, work and households; natural resources and the environment; agricultural production, irrigation and water resource development; rural and farm economic studies and quantitative data analysis; Geographical Information Systems; agricultural research; common property institutions and collective action; NGOs; political economy. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Activities

Links to my recent research on poverty in India and Bangladesh

Earlier I did research on:

and before that on Irrigation in the North of Nigeria and Tea in Malawi (links to be added).

I am co-organiser of a new research network, 'As Well as the Subject: Additional Dimensions in Development Research Ethics'