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Transport infrastructure and welfare : an application to Nigeria (English)

Transport infrastructure is deemed to be central to development and consumes a large fraction of the development assistance envelope. Yet there is debate about the economic impact of road projects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7271 MAY 18, 2015

Ali,Rubaba; Barra,Alvaro Federico; Berg,Claudia N.; Damania,Richard; Nash,John D.; Russ,Jason Daniel

Infrastructure in conflict-prone and fragile environments : evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

In conflict-prone situations, access to markets is necessary to restore economic growth and generate the preconditions for peace and reconstruction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7273 MAY 18, 2015

Ali,Rubaba; Barra,Alvaro Federico; Berg,Claudia N.; Damania,Richard; Nash,John D.; Russ,Jason Daniel

Road improvement and deforestation in the Congo Basin countries (English)

Road construction has often been viewed as the precursor to deforestation, especially in tropical forests. Traditional responses to such threats have been reactive, with attempts to mitigate impacts through physical measures, or the establishment of protected areas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7274 MAY 18, 2015

Damania,Richard; Wheeler,David J.

Agricultural technology choice and transport (English)

This paper addresses an old and recurring theme in development economics: the slow adoption of new technologies by farmers in many developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7272 MAY 18, 2015

Ali,Rubaba; Barra,Alvaro Federico; Berg,Claudia N.; Damania,Richard; Nash,John D.; Russ,Jason Daniel

Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments ? Malaria control policies in Eritrea (English)

It is often argued that engaging in indoor residual spraying in areas with high coverage of mosquito bed nets may discourage net ownership and use. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7268 MAY 15, 2015

Carneiro,Pedro; Armand,Alex; Locatelli,Andrea; Mihreteab,Selam; Keating,Joseph Aaron

Social and economic impacts of rural road improvements in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (English)

The aim of this paper is to provide feedback on the question of socioeconomic benefits from rural road development and the impact of transport infrastructure on the poor, particularly the poorest and the bottom 20 percent of the population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7249 APR 23, 2015

Iimi,Atsushi; Lancelot,Eric R.; Manelici,Isabela; Ogita,Satoshi

Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7243 APR 21, 2015

Angelucci,M.; Di Maro,Vincenzo

Parental human capital and effective school management : evidence from The Gambia (English)

Education systems in developing countries are often centrally managed in a top-down structure. In environments where schools have different needs and where localized information plays an important role, empowerment of the local community may be attractive, but low levels of human capital at the local level may offset gains from local information. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7238 APR 13, 2015

Blimpo,Moussa P.; Evans,David; Lahire,Nathalie

Information, knowledge and behavior: evaluating alternative methods of delivering school information to parents (English)

Improving education outcomes by disseminating information to parents and thereby encouraging them to become more actively engaged in school oversight is attractive, since it can be done relatively cheaply. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7233 APR 06, 2015

Cerdan-Infantes,Pedro; Filmer,Deon P.

Report cards : the impact of providing school and child test scores on educational markets (English)

This paper studies study the impact of providing school and child test scores on subsequent test scores, prices, and enrollment in markets with multiple public and private providers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7226 MAR 30, 2015

Andrabi,Tahir; Das,Jishnu; Khwaja,Asim Ijaz

An evaluation of the 2014 subsidy reforms in Morocco and a simulation of further reforms (English)

Under increasing budget pressure, Morocco carried out an extensive set of subsidy reforms in 2014 and is planning for further reforms for 2015–2017, which will eliminate most consumers subsidies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7224 MAR 30, 2015

Verme,Paolo; El Massnaoui,Khalid

Using lotteries to incentivize safer sexual behavior : evidence from a randomized controlled trial on HIV prevention (English)

Financial incentives are a promising HIV prevention strategy. This paper assesses the effect on HIV incidence of a lottery program in Lesotho with low expected payments but a chance to win a high prize conditional on negative test results for sexually transmitted infections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7215 MAR 18, 2015

Nyqvist,Martina Björkman; Corno,Lucia; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Svensson,Jakob

Trade effects of customs reform : evidence from Albania (English)

Despite enormous academic interest in international trade costs and keen policy interest in efforts to mitigate them, so far there is very little hard evidence on the impacts of trade facilitation efforts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7210 MAR 10, 2015

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Hillberry,Russell Henry; Mendoza Alcantara,Alejandra

Debiasing on a roll: changing gambling behavior through experiential learning (English)

This paper tests experiential learning as a debiasing tool against gambling and lottery behavior in South Africa. The study implemented a simple, interactive dice game that simulates worsening winning odds of rolling sixes as more dice are added to the game. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7195 FEB 01, 2015

Abel , Martin; Cole, Shawn; Zia, Bilal

Impact evaluation helps deliver development projects (English)

Does research add value to aid? Specifically, does impact evaluation research help or hinder the delivery of development projects? This paper analyzes the question by constructing a new data set of 100 impact evaluations and 1,135 projects approved by the World Bank between 2005 and 2011. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7157 JAN 01, 2015

Legovini, Arianna; Di Maro, Vincenzo; Piza, Caio

Short-term impacts of formalization assistance and a bank information session on business registration and access to finance in Malawi (English)

Despite regulatory efforts designed to make it easier for firms to formalize, informality remains extremely high among firms in Sub-Saharan Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7183 JAN 01, 2015

Campos, Francisco; Goldstein, Markus; McKenzie, David

Promoting handwashing and sanitation : evidence from a large-scale randomized trial in rural Tanzania (English)

The association between hygiene, sanitation, and health is well documented, yet thousands of children die each year from exposure to contaminated fecal matter. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7164 JAN 01, 2015

Briceno, Bertha; Coville, Aidan; Martinez , Sebastian

Integrating qualitative methods into investment climate impact evaluations (English)

Incorporating qualitative methods into the evaluation of development programs has become increasingly popular in recent years, both for the distinctive insights such approaches can bring in their own right and because of their capacity to complement the strengths -- and where necessary correct some of the weaknesses -- of quantitative approaches. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7145 DEC 01, 2014

Mendoza Alcantara, Alejandra; Woolcock, Michael

Rewarding safer sex : conditional cash transfers for HIV/STI prevention (English)

Incentive-based policies have been shown to be powerful in many areas of behavior, but have rarely been tested in the sexual domain. The Rewarding Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and Control in Tanzania (RESPECT) study is a randomized controlled trial testing the hypothesis that a system of rapid feedback and positive reinforcement that uses cash as the primary incentive can be used to reduce risky sexual activity among young people, male and female, who are at high risk of HIV infection. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7099 NOV 01, 2014

de Walque, Damien; Dow, William H.; Nathan, Rose

Health information, treatment, and worker productivity : experimental evidence from malaria testing and treatment among Nigerian sugarcane cutters (English)

Agricultural and other physically demanding sectors are important sources of growth in developing countries but prevalent diseases such as malaria adversely impact the productivity, labor supply, and choice of job tasks among workers by reducing physical capacity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7120 NOV 01, 2014

Dillon, Andrew; Friedman, Jed; Serneels, Pieter

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Transport infrastructure and welfare : an application to Nigeria (English)
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MAY 18, 2015 WPS7271 Policy Research Working Paper
Infrastructure in conflict-prone and fragile environments : evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)
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MAY 18, 2015 WPS7273 Policy Research Working Paper
Road improvement and deforestation in the Congo Basin countries (English)
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MAY 18, 2015 WPS7274 Policy Research Working Paper
Agricultural technology choice and transport (English)
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MAY 18, 2015 WPS7272 Policy Research Working Paper
Do public health interventions crowd out private health investments ? Malaria control policies in Eritrea (English)
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MAY 15, 2015 WPS7268 Policy Research Working Paper
Social and economic impacts of rural road improvements in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (English)
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APR 23, 2015 WPS7249 Policy Research Working Paper
Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)
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APR 21, 2015 WPS7243 Policy Research Working Paper
Parental human capital and effective school management : evidence from The Gambia (English)
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APR 13, 2015 WPS7238 Policy Research Working Paper
Information, knowledge and behavior: evaluating alternative methods of delivering school information to parents (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7233 Policy Research Working Paper
Report cards : the impact of providing school and child test scores on educational markets (English)
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MAR 30, 2015 WPS7226 Policy Research Working Paper
An evaluation of the 2014 subsidy reforms in Morocco and a simulation of further reforms (English)
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MAR 30, 2015 WPS7224 Policy Research Working Paper
Using lotteries to incentivize safer sexual behavior : evidence from a randomized controlled trial on HIV prevention (English)
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MAR 18, 2015 WPS7215 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade effects of customs reform : evidence from Albania (English)
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MAR 10, 2015 WPS7210 Policy Research Working Paper
Debiasing on a roll: changing gambling behavior through experiential learning (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7195 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact evaluation helps deliver development projects (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 WPS7157 Policy Research Working Paper
Short-term impacts of formalization assistance and a bank information session on business registration and access to finance in Malawi (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 WPS7183 Policy Research Working Paper
Promoting handwashing and sanitation : evidence from a large-scale randomized trial in rural Tanzania (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 WPS7164 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating qualitative methods into investment climate impact evaluations (English)
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DEC 01, 2014 WPS7145 Policy Research Working Paper
Rewarding safer sex : conditional cash transfers for HIV/STI prevention (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 WPS7099 Policy Research Working Paper
Health information, treatment, and worker productivity : experimental evidence from malaria testing and treatment among Nigerian sugarcane cutters (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 WPS7120 Policy Research Working Paper