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Tina Rosenberg

23 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old ro...

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David Bornstein

18 April 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Programs to get fresh produce carts to areas with no access to healthy food work best when government and determined entrepreneurs team up. Success from this model is evident in New York City, where the city has incen...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

3 April 2012

Bungoma, Kenya

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International development organization One Acre Fund opts to set up shop in rural locations like Bungoma, Kenya rather than major cities like New York and Nairobi and treat its stakeholders as customers instead of ben...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. Th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

29 February 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Agencies across the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors are recruiting ideas from the public by offering prizes for solving challenges. Prize incentives have spurred innovation for centuries, but fell out of ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2011

Irving, Texas, United States

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While weight loss can be challenging to maintain, different structures are being created to help. Certain support groups, financial incentives, and tough love are proving to be effective.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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To give support to struggling families without prescribing solutions requires respect and discipline. The Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.) encourages low-income families to define their own goals and work towar...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-traditional program called the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), uses a radically different approach from the traditional American social service model to empower entire families alleviate themselves from...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A progr...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Felons get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees, acting as an often insurmountable barrier preventing them from reintegrating into society and staying out of jail. What's worse, ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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The second of two columns on how ordinary women trained to become their village doctors are making rural villages much healthier. Financial incentives, supporting workers, and encouraging cooperation from governments ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 January 2011

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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This is a column on an important new development program in use in at least 40 developing countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance, to he...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 January 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two columns on the most important new development program today, in use in at least 40 poor countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance. The...

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