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Dr Maren Duvendack

Lecturer in Development Economics, School of International Development

Email: m.duvendack@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1603 59 3685 Location:

Biography

Maren Duvendack has a PhD in development economics from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. Her key research areas cover applied micro-econometrics, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, microfinance, replication and reproduction of quantitative analyses as well as research ethics.

After completing her PhD she joined the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC as a Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the Overseas Development Institute in London as a Research Fellow in evaluation and impact assessment. She is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia where she is mainly teaching on the MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development.

Maren has extensively worked on microfinance impact evaluations in India and Bangladesh. She is particularly interested in the link between microfinance, empowerment and reproductive health. She has more recently worked on quantitative impact evaluations for IFAD, DFAT (formerly AusAid), the World Food Programme and the Gates Foundation on a range of themes across South Asia and East Africa. Maren also completed a number of systematic reviews for DFID and for 3ie on microfinance, payments-by-results as well as on the link between government policies and income inequalities.

 

Maren’s contributions appeared in a number of academic journals and she regularly presents her work at international conferences.

All Publications

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Duvendack, M., Mader, P.

(2017)

Poverty Reduction or the Financialisation of Poverty?,

in Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon.

University of New Mexico Press

ISBN 978-0-8263-5796-0

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R.

(2017)

Micro-finance, women’s empowerment and fertility decline in Bangladesh: How important was women’s agency?,

in Journal of Development Studies

53

(5)

pp. 664-683

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Aloe, A. M., Becker, B. J., Duvendack, M., Valentine, J. C., Shemilt, I., Waddington, H.

(2017)

Quasi-experimental study designs series –Paper 9: Collecting Data from Quasi-Experimental Studies,

in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Becker, B. J., Aloe, A. M., Duvendack, M., Stanley, T., Valentine, J. C., Fretheim, A., Tugwell, P.

(2017)

Quasi-experimental study designs series – Paper 10: Synthesizing evidence for effects collected from quasi-experimental studies presents surmountable challenges,

in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


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

(2017)

What Is Meant by “Replication” and Why Does It Encounter Resistance in Economics?,

in American Economic Review

107

(5)

pp. 46-51

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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

(2016)

Impact Evaluation for International Development: The Essential Guide,

Routledge

ISBN 978-0415830928 , 0415830923

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Anderson, E., Jalles D'Orey, M. A., Duvendack, M., Esposito, L.

(2016)

Does government spending affect income inequality? A meta-regression analysis,

in Journal of Economic Surveys

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


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

(2015)

Replications in Economics: A Progress Report,

in Econ Journal Watch

12

(2)

pp. 164-191

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Duvendack, M., Maclean, K.

(2015)

(Mis)use of evidence in microfinance programming in the global south: a critique,

in Contemporary Social Science

10

(2)

pp. 202-211

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Duvendack, M.

(2015)

The Seen and the Unseen: Revisiting the Impact of SEWA Bank,

in Microfinance in India: Approaches, Outcomes, Challenges.

Routledge

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Anderson, E., Jalles D'Orey, M., Duvendack, M., Esposito, L.

(2015)

The impact of government policies on income inequality and the translation of growth into income poverty reduction: protocol for two systematic reviews,

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

7

(4)

pp. 484-498

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


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

(6)

pp. 49–64

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Duvendack, M.

(2014)

Impact Evaluation – Are We ‘Off the Gold Standard’?,

in European Journal of Development Research

26

pp. 1-11

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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

6

(2)

pp. 73-96

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Duvendack, M.

(2014)

Wir wissen nur, dass wir nichts wissen: Zur Beweislage über die Wirksamkeit von Mikrofinanzen,

in Rendite machen und Gutes tun? Mikrokredite und die Folgen neoliberaler Entwicklungspolitik.

Campus Verlag

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Camfield, L., Duvendack, M.

(2014)

Impact evaluation: are we ‘off the ‘Gold standard’?: Impact evaluation,

in European Journal of Development Research

26

(1)

pp. 1-54

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Walker, D., Berg, G., Page, E., Duvendack, M.

(2013)

Adapting a Systematic Review for Social Research in International Development – A Case Study from the Child Protection Sector,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Duvendack, M., Palmer Jones, R.

(2012)

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

in Journal of Development Studies

48

(12)

pp. 1864-1880

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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

4

(3)

pp. 456-471

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Maren  is a specialist in quantitative impact evaluation methodologies. Her key research areas cover development economics, applied micro-econometrics, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, microfinance, replication and reproduction of quantitative analyses as well as research ethics. She has replicated the results of microfinance impact evaluations in Bangladesh, and spent extensive time in the field conducting her own microfinance evaluation in India.

She was particularly engaged in the replication of the microfinance impact evaluation published by Pitt and Khandker which can be comprehended by working through the following documents listed below:

Duvendack, M. & Palmer-Jones, R., 2012. “High Noon for Microfinance Impact Evaluations: Re-investigating the Evidence from Bangladesh.” Journal of Development Studies, 48(12):1864-1880.

The following files contain the “High Noon…” paper as well as the online appendix:

http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Duvendack_Palmer-Jones_2012.pdf
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Duvendack_Palmer-Jones_2012_OnlineAppendix.pdf

You will need these two files to replicate the “High Noon…” paper in STATA:

http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/PSM_Prep_all_Final.DTA (right click and choose 'Save Target As...')
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/HighNoonPaper_Final.do (right click and choose 'Save Target As...')

Matthieu Chemin and Mark Pitt both commented on our "High Noon..." paper and our short response to their comments can be found in JDS: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2012.747781

Further to this, Matthieu Chemin published longer comments (http://matthieuchemin-research.mcgill.ca/research.html) on our “High Noon…” paper and our response to these can be found here: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Rejoinder_to_Chemin_Final.pdf

The following files are needed to comprehend and replicate the points we are making in our response to Chemin's longer comments: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/CheminReply.zip

Mark Pitt also published a longer comment (http://www.brown.edu/research/projects/pitt/) on our “High Noon…” paper and we respond as follows:
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Rejoinder_to_Pitt_Final.pdf

The following data and code are needed to replicate the points we are making in our response to Pitt’s longer comments:
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/PittReply.zip