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Diana Moreira Interviewed on VoxDev Talk Podcast

VoxDev is a platform for economists, policymakers, practitioners, donors, the private sector and others interested in development to discuss key policy issues. Expert contributors provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges in formats that we hope are accessible to a wide audience interested in development. Diana Moreira was interviewed as part of the VoxDev Talk series.

How much do political leaders value academic research? Can this research change not only their beliefs, but also the policies they implement? Social science research seeks to improve the world we live in. Yet, there is little information on how much political leaders actually value this research when making policy decisions. In this VoxDev talk, Diana Moreira of the University of California, Davis discusses an innovative experiment which took place in more than 2,000 municipalities in Brazil and sheds new light on this topic. The findings suggest that Brazilian mayors not only change their beliefs after evidence briefings, but are also more likely to introduce related policies in their municipalities. 

Listen to the podcast here: https://voxdev.org/topic/methods-measurement/does-research-translate-policy-evidence-brazilian-municipalities