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How well do we measure non-cognitive skills in developing countries? Initial lessons from STEP skills measurement program (English)

Standard skills indicators leave an information gap on workforce skill characteristics, job skill requirements, and quality of worker-job matches that prevents policymakers from making informed and timely decisions on training and education for current and future employees. ... See More +

Brief 123792 MAR 01, 2018

Laajaj,Rachid; Arias Diaz,Omar S.; Macours,Karen; Rubio-Codina,Marta; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Combining income generation with Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs to cope with severe weather conditions (English)

Severe weather conditions can undo even the best efforts of families to break free of poverty. Households that rely on subsistence or small-scale farming are especially at the mercy of severe weather. ... See More +

Brief 123791 MAR 01, 2018

Macours,Karen; Premand,Patrick; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Measuring skills in developing countries (English)

Measures of cognitive, noncognitive, and technical skills are increasingly used in development economics to analyze the determinants of skill formation, the role of skills in economic decisions, or simply because they are potential confounders. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8000 MAR 08, 2017

Laajaj,Rachid; Macours,Karen Disclosed

Sustaining impacts when transfers end : the role of women leaders for aspirations and human capital investments (English)

Sustainability of short-term interventions may depend on whether they manage to change families’ attitudes towards the future and related social norms. ... See More +

Working Paper 121569 SEP 17, 2016

Macours,Karen; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Wealth gradients in early childhood cognitive development in five Latin American countries (English)

Research from the United States shows that gaps in early cognitive and noncognitive abilities appear early in the life cycle. Little is known about this important question for developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6779 FEB 01, 2014

Schady,, Norbert; Behrman, Jere; Araujo, Maria Caridad; Azuero,, Rodrigo; Bernal, Raquel; Bravo, David; Lopez-Boo, Florencia; Macours, Karen; Marshall, Daniela; Paxson, Christina; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Cambodia - Challenges in scaling up preschools : Cambodia : challenges in scaling up preschools (English)

This bulletin showcases a World Bank supported study in Cambodia, where researchers set out to study the effects of scholarships on encouraging primary school students to continue their studies in lower secondary school, and whether bigger grants worked better than smaller ones. ... See More +

Brief 83178 NOV 01, 2013

Bouguen,Adrien; Filmer,Deon P.; Macours,Karen; Naudeau,Sophie French Disclosed

Cambodia - Challenges in scaling up preschools : Cambodge - Les défis liés au développement des écoles maternelles à grande echelle (French)

This bulletin showcases a World Bank supported study in Cambodia, where researchers set out to study the effects of scholarships on encouraging primary school students to continue their studies in lower secondary school, and whether bigger grants worked better than smaller ones. ... See More +

Brief 83178 NOV 01, 2013

Bouguen,Adrien; Filmer,Deon P.; Macours,Karen; Naudeau,Sophie English Disclosed

Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment, conducted between November 2005 and December 2006 in Nicaragua. ... See More +

Brief 81209 AUG 14, 2013

Macours, Karen; Schady, Norbert; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Nicaragua - Demand versus returns? Pro-poor targeting of business grants and vocational skills training (English)

This brief summarizes the demand versus returns? Pro-poor targeting of business grants and vocational skills training in Nicaragua for 2005-2006. ... See More +

Brief 81231 AUG 14, 2013

Macours, Karen; Premand, Patrick; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Changing households' investment and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Changing households' investment and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program, conducted between November 2005 and December 2006 in Nicaragua. ... See More +

Brief 81212 AUG 14, 2013

Macours, Karen; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Impact evaluation of three types of early childhood development interventions in Cambodia (English)

Scaling up early childhood development services has the potential to increase children's cognitive and socio-emotional development and promote school readiness in a large segment of the population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6540 JUL 01, 2013

Bouguen, Adrien; Filmer, Deon; Macours, Karen; Naudeau, Sophie Disclosed

Demand versus returns ? pro-poor targeting of business grants and vocational skills training (English)

Interventions aimed at increasing the income generating capacity of the poor, such as vocational training, micro-finance or business grants, are widespread in the developing world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6389 MAR 01, 2013

Macours, Karen; Premand, Patrick; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Can small farmers protect themselves against bad weather? (English)

Severe weather conditions can undo even the best efforts of families to break free of poverty. Households that rely on subsistence or small-scale farming are especially at the mercy of severe weather. ... See More +

Brief 71392 JUN 01, 2012

Macours, Karen; Premand, Patrick; Vakis, Renos; Marcus, Aliza [editor] Disclosed

Transfers, diversification and household risk strategies : experimental evidence with lessons for climate change adaptation (English)

While climate change is likely to increase weather risks in many developing countries, there is little evidence on effective policies to facilitate adaptation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6053 APR 01, 2012

Macours, Karen; Premand, Patrick; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)

Cash transfer programs have become extremely popular in the developing world. A large literature analyzes their effects on schooling, health and nutrition, but relatively little is known about possible impacts on child development. ... See More +

Journal Article 92920 APR 01, 2012

Macours, Karen; Schady, Norbert; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Changing households' investments and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program (English)

Low aspirations can limit households’ investments and contribute to sustained poverty. Vice versa, increased aspirations can lead to investment and upward mobility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5137 NOV 01, 2009

Macours, Karen; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Leveling the intra-household playing field : compensation and specialization in child labor allocation (English)

This paper analyzes changes in the allocation of child labor within the household in reaction to exogenous shocks created by a social program in Nicaragua. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4822 JAN 01, 2009

V. Del Carpio, Ximena; Macours, Karen Disclosed

Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)

A variety of theories of skill formation suggest that investments in schooling and other dimensions of human capital will have lower returns if children do not have adequate levels of cognitive and social skills at an early age. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4759 OCT 01, 2008

Macours, Karen; Schady, Norbert; Vakis, Renos Disclosed

Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and the cognitive development of young children : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)

This paper analyzes the impact of a randomized cash transfer program on cognitive development in early childhood in rural Nicaragua. The authors first show that a very large sample of children in their sample are delayed along various dimensions, including language, memory, and social skills, and that these delays are related to household per capita expenditure levels. ... See More +

Working Paper 45210 APR 01, 2008

Macours, Karen; Schady, Norbert; Vakis, Renos; Disclosed

Changing households' investments and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program in a low-income country (English)

This paper analyzes the role of social interactions in determining households' responses to an asset transfer program. It analyzes whether investments and accumulation patterns are affected by the proximity to female leaders who themselves were also beneficiaries of the transfer program. ... See More +

Working Paper 45211 MAR 01, 2008

Macours, Karen; Vakis, Renos; Disclosed

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
How well do we measure non-cognitive skills in developing countries? Initial lessons from STEP skills measurement program (English)
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MAR 01, 2018 123792 Brief
Combining income generation with Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs to cope with severe weather conditions (English)
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MAR 01, 2018 123791 Brief
Measuring skills in developing countries (English)
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MAR 08, 2017 WPS8000 Policy Research Working Paper
Sustaining impacts when transfers end : the role of women leaders for aspirations and human capital investments (English)
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SEP 17, 2016 121569 Working Paper
Wealth gradients in early childhood cognitive development in five Latin American countries (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 WPS6779 Policy Research Working Paper
Cambodia - Challenges in scaling up preschools : Cambodia : challenges in scaling up preschools (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 83178 Brief French
Cambodia - Challenges in scaling up preschools : Cambodge - Les défis liés au développement des écoles maternelles à grande echelle (French)
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NOV 01, 2013 83178 Brief English
Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81209 Brief
Nicaragua - Demand versus returns? Pro-poor targeting of business grants and vocational skills training (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81231 Brief
Changing households' investment and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81212 Brief
Impact evaluation of three types of early childhood development interventions in Cambodia (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 WPS6540 Policy Research Working Paper
Demand versus returns ? pro-poor targeting of business grants and vocational skills training (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 WPS6389 Policy Research Working Paper
Can small farmers protect themselves against bad weather? (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 71392 Brief
Transfers, diversification and household risk strategies : experimental evidence with lessons for climate change adaptation (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6053 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)
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APR 01, 2012 92920 Journal Article
Changing households' investments and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program (English)
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NOV 01, 2009 WPS5137 Policy Research Working Paper
Leveling the intra-household playing field : compensation and specialization in child labor allocation (English)
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JAN 01, 2009 WPS4822 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and cognitive development in early childhood : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)
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OCT 01, 2008 WPS4759 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers, behavioral changes, and the cognitive development of young children : evidence from a randomized experiment (English)
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APR 01, 2008 45210 Working Paper
Changing households' investments and aspirations through social interactions : evidence from a randomized transfer program in a low-income country (English)
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MAR 01, 2008 45211 Working Paper