Marc Shotland

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Brings 16 years experience upholding high-quality research standards and building international research infrastructure and capacity.

Marc Shotland is the Director of the Technical Team at IDinsight, based in the US.

Marc leads the Technical Team whose role it is to ensure that IDinsight upholds the highest-quality research standards, develops top-notch evaluation infrastructure, and builds evaluation capacity--both internally and externally. Marc's research focuses on primary and secondary-school education, monitoring and evaluation systems, and scaling up effective interventions. Marc brings over 16 years of experience implementing impact evaluations of development programs and teaching others how to do so as well. At IDinsight, Marc has overseen the doubling of the Tech Team, and development of policies and systems that ensure IDinsight follows the highest standards of ethcial research and research transparency.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Marc was the Director of Research and Training at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, where he developed much of the organization's research infrastructure and training content on impact evaluations. He built J-PAL's international capacity building team, which have directly trained tens of thousands of participants of on impact evaluation. He also developed and produced the online course, Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations (JPAL102x), as part of the MIT’s Department of Economics’ MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, including content on Evaluation design, measurement, data collection, data management, data security, research transparency and project management.

Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.



Selected Publications

  • “From Proof of Concept to Scalable Policies: Challenges and Solutions, with an Application,” with Rukmini Banerji, Abhijit Banerjee, James Berry, Esther Duflo, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukherji, and Michael Walton, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31 (4): 73-102. (Article)

  • “The Impact of Maternal Literacy and Participation Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in India,” with Rukmini Banerji and James Berry, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2017, 9(4): 303-337. (Article)

  • “Can Information Campaigns Raise Awareness and Local Participation in Primary Education?” with Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Barnerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Stuti Khemani, and Sendhil Mullainathan, Economic Political Weekly, April 2007

  • “A Proposed Methodology to Measure Damages for Options Traders Alleging Securities Fraud,” with David Tabak and Svetlana Starykh Litigation Economics Review, July 2002

  • “Mainstreaming an Effective Intervention: Evidence from Randomized Evaluations of ‘Teaching at the Right Level’ in India,” with Rukmini Banerji, Abhijit Banerjee, James Berry, Esther Duflo, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukherji, and Michael Walton, NBER Working Paper No. 22746, October 2016. (Working paper)

  • “Failure of Frequent Assessment: An Evaluation of India’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Program,” with James Berry, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukherji