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Finding a path to formalization in Benin :early results after the introduction of the entreprenant legal status (English)

In April 2014, the Government of Benin launched the entreprenant status, a simplified and free legal regime offered to small informal businesses to enter the formal economy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7510 DEC 09, 2015

Benhassine,Najy; Mckenzie,David J.; Pouliquen,Victor Maurice Joseph; Santini,Massimiliano

Women’s police stations and domestic violence : evidence from Brazil (English)

Although women’s police centers have been gaining popularity as a measure to address domestic violence, to date no quantitative evaluations of their impacts on the incidence of domestic violence or any other manifestations of gender equality have been done. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7497 NOV 17, 2015

Perova,Elizaveta; Reynolds,Sarah

The long-term impacts of international migration : evidence from a lottery (English)

This study examines the long-term impacts of international migration by comparing immigrants who had successful ballot entries in a migration lottery program, and first moved almost a decade ago, with people who had unsuccessful entries into those same ballots. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7495 NOV 16, 2015

Gibson,John; Mckenzie,David J.; Rohorua,Halahingano; Stillman,Steven

The demand for, and impact of, youth internships: evidence from a randomized experiment in Yemen (English)

This paper evaluates a youth internship program in the Republic of Yemen that provided firms with a 50 percent subsidy to hire recent graduates of universities and vocational schools. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7463 OCT 29, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.; Assaf,Nabila; Cusolito,Ana Paula

The additionality impact of a matching grant program for small firms : experimental evidence from Yemen (English)

Matching grants are one of the most common types of private sector development programs used in developing countries. But government subsidies to private firms can be controversial. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7462 OCT 29, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.; Assaf,Nabila; Cusolito,Ana Paula

The causal impacts of child labor law in Brazil : some preliminary findings (English)

This paper investigates the causal impact of the change in Brazil’s child labor law of December 1998. The change increased the minimum legal age of entry into the labor force from 14 to 16 years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7444 OCT 19, 2015

Piza,Caio; Portela Souza,André

Formalizing rural land rights in West Africa : early evidence from a randomized impact evaluation in Benin (English)

This paper presents early evidence from the first large-scale randomized-controlled trial of a land formalization program. The study examines the links between land demarcation and investment in rural Benin in light of a model of agricultural production under insecure tenure. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7435 OCT 08, 2015

Goldstein,Markus P.; Houngbedji,Kenneth; Kondylis,Florence; O'Sullivan,Michael B.; Selod,Harris

Are public libraries improving quality of education ? when the provision of public goods is not enough (English)

This paper analyzes the relation between public, education-related infrastructure and the quality of education in schools. The analysis uses a case study of the establishment of two large, high-quality public libraries in low-income areas in Bogotá, Colombia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7429 SEP 30, 2015

Rodriguez Lesmes,Paul Andres; Trujillo,Jose Daniel; Valderrama Gonzalez,Daniel

Pronatal property rights over land and fertility outcomes : evidence from a natural experiment in Ethiopia (English)

This study exploits a natural experiment to investigate the impact of land reform on the fertility outcomes of households in rural Ethiopia. Public policies and customs created a situation where Ethiopian households could influence their usufruct rights to land via a demographic expansion of the family. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7419 SEP 23, 2015

Ali,Daniel Ayalew; Deininger,Klaus W.; Kemper,Niels Gerd

The national solidarity program : assessing the effects of community-driven development in Afghanistan (English)

Over the past two decades, community-based approaches to project delivery have become a popular means for governments and development agencies to improve the alignment of projects with the needs of rural communities and increase the participation of villagers in project design and implementation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7415 SEP 18, 2015

Beath,Andrew; Christia,Fotini; Enikolopov,Ruben

The ABCs of financial education : experimental evidence on attitudes, behavior, and cognitive biases (English)

This paper uses a large scale field experiment in India to study attitudinal, behavioral, and cognitive constraints that stymie the link between financial education and financial outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7413 SEP 15, 2015

Carpena,Fenella; Cole,Shawn A.; Shapiro,Jeremy; Zia,Bilal Husnain

The impact of private sector internship and training on urban youth in Kenya (English)

This study uses a randomized experiment to evaluate the impacts of the training and internship program piloted in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and the Government of Kenya with support from the World Bank’s Kenya Youth Empowerment Project. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7404 AUG 27, 2015

Honorati,Maddalena

Identifying and spurring high-growth entrepreneurship : experimental evidence from a business plan competition (English)

Almost all firms in developing countries have fewer than 10 workers, with the modal firm consisting of just the owner. Are there potential high-growth entrepreneurs with the ability to grow their firms beyond this size? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7391 AUG 12, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.

Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)

This paper studies how self-help groups—village-based organizations designed to encourage savings, household production and social cohesion among the poor—can promote economic and social capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7382 JUL 29, 2015

Ban,Radu; Gilligan,Michael J.; Rieger,Matthias

The impact of expanding access to early childhood services in rural Indonesia : evidence from two cohorts of children (English)

This paper uses three waves of longitudinal data to examine the impact of expanding access to preschool services in rural areas of Indonesia on two cohorts of children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7372 JUL 21, 2015

Brinkman,Sally Anne; Hasan,Amer; Jung,Haeil; Kinnell,Angela; Pradhan,Menno Prasad

Promoting democracy in fragile states : insights from a field experiment in Liberia (English)

A field experiment in rural Liberia is used to study democratic participation in fragile states. Fragile states are marked by political fragmentation, local patronage systems, and voter vulnerability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7370 JUL 15, 2015

Mvukiyehe,Eric; Samii,Cyrus Dara

Improving education outcomes in South Asia : findings from a decade of impact evaluations (English)

There have been many initiatives to improve education outcomes in South Asia. Still, outcomes remain stubbornly resistant to improvements, at least when considered across the region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7362 JUL 13, 2015

Asim,Salman; Chase,Robert S.; Dar,Amit; Schmillen,Achim Daniel

Electoral rules and political selection : theory and evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan (English)

Voters commonly face a choice between competent candidates and those with policy preferences similar to their own. This paper explores how electoral rules, such as district magnitude, mediate this trade-off and affect the composition of representative bodies and policy outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7361 JUL 13, 2015

Beath,Andrew; Christia,Fotini; Egorov,Georgy; Enikolopov,Ruben

Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)

This paper examines the sustainability of weight loss achieved through cash rewards and, for the first time, the potential of monetary incentives to prevent weight cycling. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7339 JUN 26, 2015

Augurzky,Boris; Bauer,Thomas K.; Reichert,Arndt Rudiger; Schmidt,Christoph M.; Tauchmann,Harald

Small firms’ formalization : the stick treatment (English)

Firm informality is pervasive throughout the developing world, Bangladesh being no exception. The informal status of many firms substantially reduces the tax basis and therefore impacts the provision of public goods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7318 JUN 22, 2015

De Giorgi,Giacomo; Ploenzke,Matthew; Rahman,Aminur

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Finding a path to formalization in Benin :early results after the introduction of the entreprenant legal status (English)
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DEC 09, 2015 WPS7510 Policy Research Working Paper
Women’s police stations and domestic violence : evidence from Brazil (English)
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NOV 17, 2015 WPS7497 Policy Research Working Paper
The long-term impacts of international migration : evidence from a lottery (English)
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NOV 16, 2015 WPS7495 Policy Research Working Paper
The demand for, and impact of, youth internships: evidence from a randomized experiment in Yemen (English)
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OCT 29, 2015 WPS7463 Policy Research Working Paper
The additionality impact of a matching grant program for small firms : experimental evidence from Yemen (English)
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OCT 29, 2015 WPS7462 Policy Research Working Paper
The causal impacts of child labor law in Brazil : some preliminary findings (English)
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OCT 19, 2015 WPS7444 Policy Research Working Paper
Formalizing rural land rights in West Africa : early evidence from a randomized impact evaluation in Benin (English)
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OCT 08, 2015 WPS7435 Policy Research Working Paper
Are public libraries improving quality of education ? when the provision of public goods is not enough (English)
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SEP 30, 2015 WPS7429 Policy Research Working Paper
Pronatal property rights over land and fertility outcomes : evidence from a natural experiment in Ethiopia (English)
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SEP 23, 2015 WPS7419 Policy Research Working Paper
The national solidarity program : assessing the effects of community-driven development in Afghanistan (English)
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SEP 18, 2015 WPS7415 Policy Research Working Paper
The ABCs of financial education : experimental evidence on attitudes, behavior, and cognitive biases (English)
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SEP 15, 2015 WPS7413 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of private sector internship and training on urban youth in Kenya (English)
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AUG 27, 2015 WPS7404 Policy Research Working Paper
Identifying and spurring high-growth entrepreneurship : experimental evidence from a business plan competition (English)
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AUG 12, 2015 WPS7391 Policy Research Working Paper
Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)
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JUL 29, 2015 WPS7382 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of expanding access to early childhood services in rural Indonesia : evidence from two cohorts of children (English)
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JUL 21, 2015 WPS7372 Policy Research Working Paper
Promoting democracy in fragile states : insights from a field experiment in Liberia (English)
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JUL 15, 2015 WPS7370 Policy Research Working Paper
Improving education outcomes in South Asia : findings from a decade of impact evaluations (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7362 Policy Research Working Paper
Electoral rules and political selection : theory and evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7361 Policy Research Working Paper
Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7339 Policy Research Working Paper
Small firms’ formalization : the stick treatment (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7318 Policy Research Working Paper