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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

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

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

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

Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)

International migration offers individuals and their families the potential to experience immediate and large gains in their incomes, and offers a large number of other positive benefits to the sending communities and countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7057 OCT 01, 2014

McKenzie, David; Yang, Dean

Measuring agricultural knowledge and adoption (English)

Understanding the trade-offs in improving the precision of agricultural measures through survey design is crucial. Yet, standard indicators used to determine program effectiveness may be flawed and at a differential rate for men and women. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7058 OCT 01, 2014

Kondylis, Florence; Mueller, Valerie; Zhu, Siyao Jessica

Radio frequency (un)identification : results from a proof-of-concept trial of the use of RFID technology to measure microenterprise turnover in Sri Lanka (English)

Accurate measurement of stock levels, turnover, and profitability in microenterprises in developing countries is difficult because the majority of these firms do not keep detailed records. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7064 OCT 01, 2014

de Mel, Suresh; Herath, Dammika; McKenzie, David; Pathak, Yuvraj

Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)

Unemployment rates for tertiary-educated youth in Jordan are high, as is the duration of unemployment. Two randomized experiments in Jordan were used to test different theories that may explain this phenomenon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7030 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David; Shammout, Nour; Vishwanath, Tara

Dynamics of demand for rainfall index insurance : evidence from a commercial product in India (English)

This paper analyzes the dynamic nature of rainfall insurance purchasing decisions, specifically looking at whether and why receiving an insurance payout induces a greater chance of purchasing insurance again the next year. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7035 SEP 01, 2014

Stein, Daniel

Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)

Firms in many developing countries cite macroeconomic instability and political uncertainty as major constraints to their growth. Economic theory suggests uncertainty can cause firms to delay investments until uncertainty is resolved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7048 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David

Small business tax policy, informality, and tax evasion -- evidence from Georgia (English)

Using a panel of administrative data and regression discontinuity analysis, this paper examines how the introduction of preferential tax regimes for Georgian micro and small businesses in 2010 affects formal firm creation and tax compliance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7010 AUG 01, 2014

Bruhn, Miriam; Loeprick, Jan

Information is power : experimental evidence on the long-run impact of community based monitoring (English)

This paper presents the results of two field experiments on local accountability in primary health care in Uganda. Efforts to stimulate beneficiary control, coupled with the provision of report cards on staff performance, resulted in significant improvements in health care delivery and health outcomes in both the short and the longer run. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7015 AUG 01, 2014

Nyqvist, Martina Bjorkman; de Walque, Damien; Svensson, Jakob

Seeing is believing ? evidence from an extension network experiment (English)

Extension services are a keystone of information diffusion in agriculture. This paper exploits a large randomized controlled trial to track diffusion of a new technique in the classic Training and Visit (TV) extension model, relative to a more direct training model. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7000 AUG 01, 2014

Kondylis, Florence; Mueller, Valerie; Zhu, Siyao Jessica

The Brasilia experiment : road access and the spatial pattern of long-term local development in Brazil (English)

This paper studies the impact of the rapid expansion of the Brazilian road network, which occurred from the 1960s to the 2000s, on the growth and spatial allocation of population and economic activity across the country's municipalities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6964 JUL 01, 2014

Bird, Julia; Straub, Stephane

Does involvement of local NGOs enhance public service delivery ? cautionary evidence from a Malaria-prevention evaluation in India (English)

Using data from an experimental supportive intervention to India's malaria control program, this paper studies the impact of leveraging local non-state capacity to promote mosquito net usage and recommended fever care-seeking patterns. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6931 JUN 01, 2014

Das, Ashis; Friedman, Jed; Kandpal, Eeshani

Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits (English)

Citizens in developing countries support politicians who provide patronage or clientelist benefits, such as government jobs and gifts at the time of elections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6932 JUN 01, 2014

Keefer, Philip; Khemani, Stuti

The anatomy of failure : an ethnography of a randomized trial to deepen democracy in rural India (English)

Programs that induce citizen participation to improve the quality of government at the local level are the subjects of large amounts of funding and intense debate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6958 JUN 01, 2014

Ananthpur, Kripa; Malik, Kabir; Rao, Vijayendra

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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
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
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
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
Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7057 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring agricultural knowledge and adoption (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7058 Policy Research Working Paper
Radio frequency (un)identification : results from a proof-of-concept trial of the use of RFID technology to measure microenterprise turnover in Sri Lanka (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7064 Policy Research Working Paper
Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7030 Policy Research Working Paper
Dynamics of demand for rainfall index insurance : evidence from a commercial product in India (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7035 Policy Research Working Paper
Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7048 Policy Research Working Paper
Small business tax policy, informality, and tax evasion -- evidence from Georgia (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS7010 Policy Research Working Paper
Information is power : experimental evidence on the long-run impact of community based monitoring (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS7015 Policy Research Working Paper
Seeing is believing ? evidence from an extension network experiment (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS7000 Policy Research Working Paper
The Brasilia experiment : road access and the spatial pattern of long-term local development in Brazil (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6964 Policy Research Working Paper
Does involvement of local NGOs enhance public service delivery ? cautionary evidence from a Malaria-prevention evaluation in India (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6931 Policy Research Working Paper
Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6932 Policy Research Working Paper
The anatomy of failure : an ethnography of a randomized trial to deepen democracy in rural India (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6958 Policy Research Working Paper