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When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)

This study examines the medium-term effects of a two-year cash transfer program targeted to adolescent girls and young women. Significant declines in HIV prevalence, teen pregnancy, and early marriage among recipients of unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) during the program evaporated quickly two years after the cessation of transfers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7901 DEC 01, 2016

Baird,Sarah Jane; Mcintosh,Craig; Ozler,Berk Disclosed

Can enhancing the benefits of formalization induce informal firms to become formal ? experimental evidence from Benin (English)

Governments around the world have introduced reforms to attempt to make it easier for informal firms to formalize. However, most informal firms have not gone on to become formal, especially when tax registration is involved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7900 NOV 29, 2016

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

Shedding light : understanding energy efficiency and electricity reliability (English)

Overloaded electrical systems are a major source of unreliable power (outages) in developing countries. Using a randomized saturation design, we estimate the impact of energy efficient lightbulbs on household electricity consumption and local electricity reliability in the Kyrgyz Republic. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7891 NOV 15, 2016

Carranza,Eliana; Meeks,Robyn Disclosed

Benefits of electrification and the role of reliability : evidence from India (English)

This paper estimates the welfare impact of rural electrification in India using nationally representative household panel survey data for 2005 and 2012. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7889 NOV 14, 2016

Samad,Hussain A.; Zhang,Fan Disclosed

The long-term impact of international migration on economic decision-making : evidence from a migration lottery and lab-in-the-field experiments (English)

This paper studies how migration from a poor to a rich country affects key economic beliefs, preference parameters, and transnational household decision-making efficiency. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7848 OCT 03, 2016

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

Poor households' productive investments of cash transfers : quasi-experimental evidence from Niger (English)

Cash transfer programs have spread rapidly as an instrument to raise household consumption and reduce poverty. Questions remain about the sustainability of cash transfer impacts in low-income settings such as Sub-Saharan Africa and, in particular, on whether cash transfers can foster productive investments in addition to raising immediate consumption among the very poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7839 SEP 27, 2016

Stoeffler,Quentin; Mills,Bradford F.; Premand,Patrick Disclosed

Shoeing the Children : the impact of the TOMS Shoe donation program in rural El Salvador (English)

The study uses a cluster-randomized trial among 1,578 children from 979 households in rural El Salvador to test the impacts of TOMS shoe donations on children's time allocation, school attendance, health, self-esteem, and aid dependency. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7822 SEP 14, 2016

Wydick,Bruce W.; Katz,Elizabeth G.; Calvo,Flor; Gutierrez,Felipe; Janet,Brendan Disclosed

Combining preschool teacher training with parenting education : a cluster-randomized controlled trial (English)

This paper evaluates a government program in Malawi, which aimed to improve quality at community-based childcare centers and complemented these efforts with a group-based parenting support program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7817 SEP 12, 2016

Ozler,Berk; Fernald,Lia C. H.; Kariger,Patricia Karol; Mcconnell,Christin; Neuman,Michelle J.; Pinheiro Fraga,Eduardo Disclosed

Savings defaults and payment delays for cash transfers: field experimental evidence from Malawi (English)

Financial products and transfer schemes are often designed to help individuals improve welfare by following through on intertemporal plans. This paper implements an artefactual field experiment in Malawi to test the ability of households to manage a cash windfall. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7807 AUG 31, 2016

Brune,Lasse Florian; Gine,Xavier; Goldberg,Jessica Ann; Yang,Dean Disclosed

Impact of social assistance on labor market mobility : the case of Turkey (English)

This paper assesses the extent to which social assistance programs in Turkey impact the labor market behavior of those who receive benefits. Theoretically, the possible channels through which the receipt of social assistance may disincentivize work are quite clear, even if the substantial literature analyzing these dynamics is somewhat inconclusive. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7801 AUG 22, 2016

Alcan,Deniz; Mokretar-Karroubi,Raif; Taskin,Temel; Wiseman,William David Disclosed

Short- and long-term effects of a child-labor ban (English)

This is the first study to investigate the short- and long-term causal effects of a child-labor ban. The study explores the law that increased the minimum employment age from 14 to 16 in Brazil in 1998, and uncovers its impact on time allocated to schooling and work in the short term and on school attainment and labor market outcomes in the long term. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7796 AUG 15, 2016

Piza,Caio; Portela Fernandes De Souza,Andre Disclosed

Pathways to profits : identifying separate channels of small firm growth through business training (English)

This paper identifies separate and unique pathways to profits among small businesses in South Africa that are exposed to marketing or finance training in a randomized control study. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7774 JUL 28, 2016

Anderson,Stephen J.; Chandy,Rajesh; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Feedback matters : evidence from agricultural services (English)

Feedback tools have become ubiquitous in the service industry and social development programs alike. This study designed a field experiment to test whether eliciting feedback can empower users and increase demand for a service. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7768 JUL 26, 2016

Jones,Maria Ruth; Kondylis,Florence Disclosed

A randomized control trial of a peer adherence and nutritional support program for public sector antiretroviral patients (English)

Access to antiretroviral treatment has expanded rapidly in South Africa, making it the country in the world with the largest treatment program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7760 JUL 21, 2016

Booysen,Frederik Le Roux; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Over,Mead; Hashimoto,Satoko; de Reuck,Chantell Disclosed

Evidence from a randomized evaluation of the household welfare impacts of conditional and unconditional cash transfers given to mothers or fathers (English)

This study conducted a randomized control trial in rural Burkina Faso to estimate the impact of alternative cash transfer delivery mechanisms on education, health, and household welfare outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7730 JUN 27, 2016

Disclosed

Weather index insurance and shock coping : evidence from Mexico's CADENA Program (English)

Weather risk and incomplete insurance markets are significant contributors to poverty for rural households in developing countries. Weather index insurance has emerged as a possible tool for overcoming these challenges. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7715 JUN 21, 2016

De Janvry,Alain F.; Ramirez Ritchie,Elizabeth Andrea; Sadoulet,Elisabeth Marie L. Disclosed

Insuring growth : the impact of disaster funds on economic reconstruction in Mexico (English)

Climate change has considerably increased the likelihood of experiencing extreme weather events. Governments in developing countries have a limited capacity to smooth the losses created by extreme weather, and could potentially benefit from the introduction of disaster funds, that is, ex-ante budgeting allocations for post-disaster reconstruction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7714 JUN 21, 2016

De Janvry,Alain F.; del Valle,Alejandro; Sadoulet,Elisabeth Marie L. Disclosed

Increased coverage of maternal health services among the poor in western Uganda in an output-based aid voucher scheme (English)

Vouchers stimulate demand for health care services by giving beneficiaries purchasing power. In turn, health facilities’ claims are reimbursed for providing beneficiaries with improved quality of health care. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7709 JUN 20, 2016

Obare,Francis; Okwero,Peter; Villegas,Leslie; Mills,Samuel Lantei; Bellows,Ben Disclosed

Women's empowerment, sibling rivalry, and competitiveness: evidence from a lab experiment and a randomized control trial in Uganda (English)

This study looks at how a community event—adolescent women's economic and social empowerment -- and a family factor -- sibling sex composition—interact in shaping gender differences in preferences for competition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7699 JUN 07, 2016

Buehren,Niklas; Goldstein,Markus P.; Leonard,Kenneth; Montalvao,Joao; Vasilaky,Kathryn Disclosed

Weathering storms : understanding the impact of natural disasters on the poor in Central America (English)

In the past decades, natural disasters have caused substantial human and economic losses in Central America, with strong adverse impacts on gross domestic product per capita, income, and poverty reduction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7692 JUN 01, 2016

Ishizawa Escudero,Oscar Anil; Miranda Montero,Juan Jose Disclosed

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When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)
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DEC 01, 2016 WPS7901 Policy Research Working Paper
Can enhancing the benefits of formalization induce informal firms to become formal ? experimental evidence from Benin (English)
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NOV 29, 2016 WPS7900 Policy Research Working Paper
Shedding light : understanding energy efficiency and electricity reliability (English)
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NOV 15, 2016 WPS7891 Policy Research Working Paper
Benefits of electrification and the role of reliability : evidence from India (English)
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NOV 14, 2016 WPS7889 Policy Research Working Paper
The long-term impact of international migration on economic decision-making : evidence from a migration lottery and lab-in-the-field experiments (English)
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OCT 03, 2016 WPS7848 Policy Research Working Paper
Poor households' productive investments of cash transfers : quasi-experimental evidence from Niger (English)
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SEP 27, 2016 WPS7839 Policy Research Working Paper
Shoeing the Children : the impact of the TOMS Shoe donation program in rural El Salvador (English)
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SEP 14, 2016 WPS7822 Policy Research Working Paper
Combining preschool teacher training with parenting education : a cluster-randomized controlled trial (English)
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SEP 12, 2016 WPS7817 Policy Research Working Paper
Savings defaults and payment delays for cash transfers: field experimental evidence from Malawi (English)
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AUG 31, 2016 WPS7807 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of social assistance on labor market mobility : the case of Turkey (English)
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AUG 22, 2016 WPS7801 Policy Research Working Paper
Short- and long-term effects of a child-labor ban (English)
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AUG 15, 2016 WPS7796 Policy Research Working Paper
Pathways to profits : identifying separate channels of small firm growth through business training (English)
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JUL 28, 2016 WPS7774 Policy Research Working Paper
Feedback matters : evidence from agricultural services (English)
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JUL 26, 2016 WPS7768 Policy Research Working Paper
A randomized control trial of a peer adherence and nutritional support program for public sector antiretroviral patients (English)
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JUL 21, 2016 WPS7760 Policy Research Working Paper
Evidence from a randomized evaluation of the household welfare impacts of conditional and unconditional cash transfers given to mothers or fathers (English)
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JUN 27, 2016 WPS7730 Policy Research Working Paper
Weather index insurance and shock coping : evidence from Mexico's CADENA Program (English)
See More +
JUN 21, 2016 WPS7715 Policy Research Working Paper
Insuring growth : the impact of disaster funds on economic reconstruction in Mexico (English)
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JUN 21, 2016 WPS7714 Policy Research Working Paper
Increased coverage of maternal health services among the poor in western Uganda in an output-based aid voucher scheme (English)
See More +
JUN 20, 2016 WPS7709 Policy Research Working Paper
Women's empowerment, sibling rivalry, and competitiveness: evidence from a lab experiment and a randomized control trial in Uganda (English)
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JUN 07, 2016 WPS7699 Policy Research Working Paper
Weathering storms : understanding the impact of natural disasters on the poor in Central America (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2016 WPS7692 Policy Research Working Paper